Jasmine Guy (born on March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts) is well-known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the NBC television sitcom, “A Different World,” but what some people may or may not know is that she had a solo music career.

In 1990, Jasmine released her self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records. The album peaked at #143 on the Billboard 200, #38 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #32 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.

Her first single, “Try Me” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks, but it missed the Billboard Hot 100.

The second single from the album, “Another Like My Lover” peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The third single, “Just Want to Hold You” became Jasmine’s highest chart appearance on the Hot 100, peaking at #34 on the chart and #27 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The last single, “Don’t Want Money” failed to chart. After that, Jasmine continued acting in television, movies, and stage. In August of 1998, Jasmine married Terrance Duckett and a year later, their daughter Imani was born. In 2008, Jasmine and Terrance divorced due to “irreconcilable differences.” Jasmine and her daughter now live in Atlanta.

In 2005, Jasmine wrote a book called “Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary” which is about the late Tupac Shakur’s mother. The book received critical acclaim.

During the spring of 2006, Jasmine spoke to the graduating class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and revealed that she would be releasing a new album. She also stated that the music business was the worst out of all the entertainment industries and intended to release the album independently, but the album has yet to be released.

These days,  Jasmine is the executive director of the True Colors Theatre Company along with contributing to the company on-stage as well. She also portrayed the role of Grams on the CW network series “The Vampire Diaries.”

To see the music video for “Try Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_1z61reTE

To see the music video for “Another Like My Lover,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtWGM8Nj9OM

To see the music video for “Just Want to Hold You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qHtlNGKZkM

[updated on 11\21\13]

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