Julissa Elise Jasmine Ruiz or as her fans know her "Eli Jas"
With her Chilean, Panamanian and Dominican heritage Eli Jas is the quintessential native New Yorker. Born in Chelsea, in the borough of Manhattan 21 year old "Eli Jas" Is shaking up the Latin Music Industry. Armed with R&B phrasing, Pop melodies and a sultry voice. Her mash up of pop production over Bachata grooves is incredibly infectious. The concept and style stems from "Eli Jas" herself. "I have had many musical influences in my life" she says. “In my home we listened to Pop, R&B and traditional Latin styles. Combining the genres' felt totally natural to me.”
While attending John Jay College Eli Jas had a change of heart. She decided to take some time off to pursue her dream of a career in the music industry. “I felt like i had to take the shot, I knew that this point in my life was my best opportunity, so I went for it.” Eli began studying with vocal coach Craig Derry and recording with a variety producers and songwriters. Eli Jas teamed up with producer Chris Hierro and the collaboration turned magical. “Chris understood what I was looking for, we connected and immediately began writing together”. The first song we wrote was “Tu Me Haces Volar.”
From the moment you hear the first synth stab on her debut single "Tú Me Haces Volar" you sense you are about to encounter something extraordinary. “The energy and attitude of my music reflects the many emotions women go through. When listening to my lyrics I want young women to be able to say, that’s exactly how I feel.” Now with the release of her second single “Deseandote ft. Fito Blanko” Eli Jas is showing the diversity in her musical sound. Deseandote is about a girl who is not getting the attention she wants from a certain guy and she's letting him know that he will lose her if he keeps ignoring her needs. It's very different from "Tu Me Haces Volar" because there is way more attitude and more movement. Throughout each song I release my fans will be seeing different sides of me and this is one of them,” expressed Eli Jas. Deseandote is already impacting radio and got Eli Jas recognized as a promising artist to look out for in 2014 by Billboard.com