Jasmine Murray (born March 14, 1992) is an independent American singer and beauty pageant titleholder from Starkville, Mississippi. She is best known for being a finalist on the eighth season of American Idol
Jasmine Murray was born in Columbus, Mississippi and attended Columbus High School, but later moved to Starkville with her family. She is the daughter of Lisa Murray and is the youngest of five children.
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
Murray competed in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen pageant in 2006 where she won the activewear preliminary award and placed fourth runner-up. The following year, competing as Miss Houston/North Central, she won the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen title. In August of that year she represented Mississippi in the Miss America’s Outstanding teen pageant, the teen version of Miss America, where she placed tenth. In 2008 she won first place for the pageant’s Mentor Club Scholarship, an opportunity open to former contestants.
She auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Jacksonville, Florida on a whim after traveling to Orlando, Florida to attend the 2008 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant. Holding number 84122, she sang “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie. During Hollywood group night, her group, dubbed “Team Diva”, performed “Mercy” by Duffy, but the rest of her group was cut. She then sang “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles, but the judges were not so impressed with Randy Jackson stating that he would not have chosen the song for her and suggested that she should have sung a song by Rihanna.