Trias was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Mililani Town, Hawaii. She is the eldest daughter of Filipino immigrants to the state of Hawaii from Tanza, Cavite. Trias attended Maryknoll School, a Roman Catholic preparatory school of the Diocese of Honolulu. As a representative of Maryknoll School, she won the Brown Bags to Stardom 2001 state singing competition and the Road to Fame 2003 youth talent competition. Trias graduated from Maryknoll School in June 2004.
Trias first gained recognition on the third season of American Idol. She auditioned in her home state of Hawaii. Trias made it to the top twelve performers. She received praises on her rendition of “Inseparable” on Top 12 night, with Simon Cowell replying, “Jasmine, it was just superb”. Paula Abdul even threw a rose to her on the stage and, together with Randy Jackson, praised her maturity in that performance.
Post Idol career
After Trias’ appearance on American Idol, her fanbase grew in the United States and in foreign countries where the show was aired: Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan, among others. The Manila Times newspaper captured the mood of her ancestral country in an April headline: “Everybody Wants Jasmine.” During the American Idol season, hundreds of internet fan sites from over a dozen countries were established in several Asian and European languages. She also appeared in the fourth season finale of American Idol.
Jasmine in the Philippines
In the Philippines, Trias has done television commercials and billboard ads for McDonald’s, Smart Telecommunications, Hapee Toothpaste, and Bench Clothing. On October 6, 2004, Trias released a promotional single for McDonald’s entitled “Love Ko ‘To” (the local translation of McDonald’s “i’m lovin’ it” slogan). McDonald’s restaurants in the Philippines offered a promotional meal called the “Jasmine Trio”, which consisted of a Strawberry Float, fries, and the McDonald’s exclusive Love Ko ‘To CD-Single.