|Birth name||Tessanne Amanda Chin|
September 20, 1985 |
|Genres||Pop, reggae fusion, rock, R&B, soul|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Years active||2006 – present|
|Labels||Republic Records, Universal Music Group|
|Associated acts||Jimmy Cliff, Shaggy, Adam Levine, Tami Chynn|
Tessanne Amanda Chin (/ /; born September 20, 1985) is a Jamaican recording artist, best known for winning Season 5 of NBC's reality TV singing competition The Voice as part of Adam Levine's team. She has opened for famous acts such as Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson and Gladys Knight, and toured for three years with Jimmy Cliff. She is the younger sister of singer Tami Chynn.
Chin was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Her father, Richard Chin, is of Chinese and Cherokee descent and her mother, Christine Chin, is of English and African descent. Her parents were in a band called The Carnations and her older sister Tami Chynn is also a singer. Her cousin Jay Hall is a vocalist and guitarist with UK rockers Grassroutes (and previously The Royal Players), and Jay's brother Leon is a vocalist with ska-fusion act Electrik Custard.
Tessanne was introduced to music at a very early age by her parents. Her mother was the trumpeter and singer in The Carnations and her father was the band's drummer. The family has a recording studio in their home in Jamaica.
Tessanne started performing when she was six years old with Cathy Levy's Little People and Teen Players Club, one of Jamaica's top performing arts schools. Most of her vocal coaching came from her mother, as well as noted vocal coach Lecie Wright. Tessanne learned firsthand about cultural diversity when she moved to England at age 12. She coped with the move by devoting a lot of time to writing songs.
2006–2012: Early career
Upon her return to Jamaica, Chin joined the Jamaican rock band Mile High and performed for crowds at many local venues including Jazzfest, Rockfest, and RETV Unplugged. Their style, "rock reggae," was unique and distinct. After going on tour for three years with Jimmy Cliff as a back-up singer, she decided to launch her solo career.
After Tessanne left Mile High, she began writing songs for her first album. Guitarist Rudy Valentino and drummer Paul "GrooveGalore" KasticK were her producers for her 2011 independent debut album "In Between Words". Her 2006 debut single, "Hideaway" received heavy rotation on Caribbean radio and select stations in New York. Both the single and its music video were very popular. The song was also featured on VP Records' Reggae Gold 2007. After "Hideaway," she has released two more singles, "Messenger" and "Black Books," both available online on "In Between Words".
She has performed at several live shows, including The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2006, Reggae Sumfest 2007 & 2012, the Deck Cafe, The Port Royal Music Festival, ABC Slim Traxx, and her very own show "Arabian Night."
Tessanne has collaborated with fellow Jamaican artists Shaggy ("Never Let Go") and Protoje ("Someone Like You"), the Trinidad and Tobago soca band Kes ("Loving You") and was featured in a track by the legendary Jamaican band Third World, titled "By My Side." She appeared as a special guest of Third World at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in April 2011. "By My Side" was featured in the soundtrack of Robert Townsend's series "Diary of a Single Mom" starring Monica Calhoun, Leon, and Billy Dee Williams.
Other noted tracks by Tessanne are remakes of songs by other famous artists and bands such as Foreigner's "I Wanna Know What Love Is," The Who's "Love, Reign o'er Me," Katy Perry's "Firework," and Phish's "Free." A remake of Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved," which Tessanne performed with her band Mile High, also circulated through the internet early in 2006. Other works include a live performance of "You and Me" written and performed with her older sister Tami Chynn.
On December 6, 2010, Tessanne released her independent debut album available for digital download entitled In Between Words.
2013: The Voice
In September 2013, it was announced that she would be competing in Season 5 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, after reggae/dancehall star Shaggy presented her the competition as an opportunity to finally have her big break as an international star. On the second episode of the Blind Auditions broadcast on September 24, 2013, she performed Pink's song "Try." All four coaches, namely Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton turned their chairs for her but she opted for Adam Levine.
On December 10, 2013, her performance of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "Bridge over Troubled Water" for the Semifinal Round became #1 on the iTunes chart, with her becoming the first (and ultimately only) contestant to achieve the top chart position at the end of an applicable voting window that season. This performance also served as her first U.S. chart appearance, charting at #64 on the Hot 100 chart, #14 on the Digital Songs chart, and #5 on Heatseekers Songs chart. On the Canadian Hot 100, the song made its debut at #39. On December 17, 2013, her performance of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" became #1 on the iTunes chart, with her also becoming the first contestant that season to achieve the top chart position twice. The following week the cover made its debut on the Hot 100 at #51, #12 on the Digital Songs chart and #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Her duet with coach Adam Levine, a cover of The Beatles' "Let It Be" charted at #76 on the Hot 100 and #24 on Digital Songs. The songs also charted at #1 and #7 respectively on the Heatseekers Songs chart. In Canada, her cover of "I Have Nothing" charted at #32 while "Let it Be" charted at #35. A compilation album with studio versions of her The Voice performances was released on iTunes and charted at #4 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
During the Finale Results show, she was revealed to be the winner of Season 5 with Jacquie Lee as runner-up and Will Champlin in third place. After her victory was announced, she debuted her first U.S. single "Tumbling Down," written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
- – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
|Blind Audition||"Try"||Pink||September 24, 2013||2.14||All four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
|Battle Rounds||"Next to Me" (vs. Donna Allen)||Emeli Sandé||October 14, 2013||7.5||Saved by Coach|
|Knockout Rounds||"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (vs. Ashley DuBose)||Kelly Clarkson||October 28, 2013||11.4||Saved by Coach|
|Live Playoffs||"Many Rivers to Cross"||Jimmy Cliff||November 4, 2013||13.10||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 12||"My Kind of Love"||Emeli Sandé||November 11, 2013||16.9||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 10||"If I Were Your Woman"||Gladys Knight||November 18, 2013||18.6||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 8||"Underneath It All"||No Doubt feat. Lady Saw||November 25, 2013||20.2||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 6||"Redemption Song"||Bob Marley||December 2, 2013||22.2||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 5 (Semifinals)||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Simon & Garfunkel||December 9, 2013||24.5||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Finale||"Try"||Pink||December 16, 2013||26.1||Winner|
|"Let It Be" (with Adam Levine)||The Beatles||26.4|
|"I Have Nothing"||Whitney Houston||26.7|
|Live Playoffs Results||"Safe and Sound" (with Team Adam)||Capital Cities||November 7, 2013||15.4|
|Live Top 12 Results||"Brave" (with Sara Bareilles & the females of the Top 12)||Sara Bareilles||November 12, 2013||17.1|
|"A Hard Day's Night" (with Adam Levine & Team Adam)||The Beatles||17.4|
|Live Top 10||"Say It, Just Say It" (with the Top 10)||The Mowgli's||November 18, 2013||18.1|
|Live Top 10 Results||"Royals" (with Caroline Pennell)||Lorde||November 19, 2013||19.4|
|Live Top 8||"One Day" (with Cole Vosbury, Ray Boudreaux, and Will Champlin)||Matisyahu||November 25, 2013||20.1|
|Live Top 8 Results||"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" (with the Top 8 and the Starbucks Chorus)||Ada R. Habershon & Charles H. Gabriel||November 26, 2013||21.2|
|"Apologize" / "All the Right Moves" (with the Top 8)||OneRepublic||21.4|
|Live Top 6 Results||"You've Got the Love" (with Matthew Schuler and Jacquie Lee)||Florence + the Machine||December 3, 2013||23.2|
|"Joy to the World" / "O Holy Night" (with the Top 6)||Isaac Watts / Adolphe Adam||23.5|
|Live Top 5 (Semifinals)||"Best Day of My Life" (with the Top 5)||American Authors||December 9, 2013||24.1|
|Live Finale||"I'll Be There" (with the Top 3)||The Jackson 5||December 16, 2013||26.1|
|Live Finale Results||"Tonight Is the Night" (with The Top 20)||Outasight||December 17, 2013||27.1|
|"Love Can Move Mountains" (with Celine Dion)||Celine Dion||27.3|
|"Hold On, I'm A Comin'" (with James Wolpert, Preston Pohl, Olivia Henken, and Grey)||Sam & Dave||27.11|
|"Tumbling Down"||Tessanne Chin||27.13|
2014–present: After The Voice and major label debut
On December 30, 2013, Tessanne was named Caribbean Journal's 2013 Artist of the Year.
Joined by runner-ups Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin, she performed at the annual Rose Bowl Parade on January 1, 2014 atop the first ever The Voice float. She performed her single "Tumbling Down."
On January 4, 2014, she co-headlined Shaggy's benefit concert Shaggy and Friends, along with notable artists such as Shaggy himself, Ne-Yo, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Wayne Marshall, Assassin/Agent Sasco, Tarrus Riley, Konshens, I-Octane, and The Voice Season 5 Top 6 finalist Matthew Schuler, among many others. Other artists such as Damian Marley and Jah Cure made guest appearances. All proceeds went toward the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.
On January 12, 2014, she headlined her first show in celebration of her victory on The Voice, dubbed "Tessanne's Homecoming." The event was held in downtown Kingston and admission was free. Also performing were Shaggy, Wayne Marshall, Assassin/Agent Sasco, and fellow reggae songstress Alaine. That night, she was presented a Gold Medal of the City of Kingston and a citation by Mayor Angela Brown Burke.
On February 15, 2014, she performed at the 21st annual 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami, Florida alongside Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Mavado, and many others.
She performed at the White House on March 6, 2014 for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's "In Performance at the White House" series, with other acts including Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, and Jill Scott with Greg Phillinganes as the music director, for a concert celebrating women of soul, dubbed "Women of Soul: In Performance at The White House." There, she sang Donna Summer's "Last Dance" then later joined Jill Scott, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, and Ariana Grande for a tribute to Tina Turner, performing her classic rendition of "Proud Mary." The event was broadcast on PBS on April 7, 2014.
Chin was honored at the University of the West Indies Fifth Annual Toronto Benefit Gala at the Ritz Carlton hotel on March 29, 2014 where she was given a Luminary Award alongside her long-time mentor, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. That night, Toronto philanthropists Michael Lee-Chin and Raymond Chang engaged in an impromptu bidding war to persuade Chin to sing her first song on Canadian soil. In the end, Mr. Lee-Chin topped the bidding with $40,000 and requested Chin perform three songs. Proceeds of the bidding went to scholarships for the Caribbean-based university system.
She is set to perform at the Nautical Music Festival in Antigua at the closing of Antigua Sailing Week on May 3, 2014 alongside Christopher Martin as well as legendary reggae artist Barrington Levy, amongst many others.
She will be performing at the first Oracabessa Festival, "A Celebration Of Caribbean Culture" on Monday, May 26, 2014, alongside Beenie Man, Konshens, and Assassin/Agent Sasco. The event will be held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.
She will headline the 2014 St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. Chin will be performing alongside fellow reggae artist, the legendary Barrington Levy, as well as Grammy and Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater.
During the premiere of Season 6 of The Voice on February 24, 2014, it was revealed that she will be joined by Season 5 runner-up Jacquie Lee and third place finalist Will Champlin, along with Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton during "The Voice Tour" sponsored by shampoo brand Clear Scalp & Hair. Two promotional ads featuring Chin have been released for the campaign, as well as an instructional video.
Tessanne is expected to release her major label debut album (tentatively titled Tessanne Chin) under Republic Records with a tentative release date of May 27, 2014. She has expressed a desire to do some of the album's recording in Jamaica at Portland's GeeJam recording studio. Confirmed features thus far are Damian Marley and longtime mentor Shaggy. The possibility of a collaboration with Ne-Yo was also mentioned. Confirmed producers for the album are Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, Stargate, Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph, Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Shaun Pizzonia aka Sting International, Mitchum "Khan" Chin, and Supa Dups. Confirmed songwriters are Autumn Rowe, Claude Kelly, AC Burrell, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Lil Eddie, and legendary songwriter Diane Warren. Toby Gad, Rock City aka Planet VI, Chuck Harmony, and Johnny Black are confirmed for the album, however it is currently unknown whether they contributed as writers or producers. A possible collaboration with fellow The Voice Season 5 finalist Will Champlin was hinted, although it is currently unknown whose project it will land on or if it will be on a project at all.
Her diverse style is influenced by artists from a wide range of genres such as Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Céline Dion, Diana King, Emeli Sandé, Mahalia Jackson, Pat Benatar, Beyoncé Knowles, Pink, and Tina Turner.
Tessanne married Jamaican radio personality Michael Cuffe in 2011. The two had been best friends for four years prior to marriage. As advised by Celine Dion, the couple will wait at least five years before having children.
- 2006: "Hideaway"
- 2007: "Black Books"
- 2008: "Messenger"
- 2008: "Broken Melody"
- 2010: "Loving You" (feat. Kees Dieffenthaller of Kes)
- 2010: "Are Yah Gonna (Control)"
- 2011: "By My Side" (with Third World)
- 2013: "Tumbling Down"
Releases from The Voice
- 2013: The Complete Season 5 Collection
- Daly, Carson (host) (September 24, 2013). "Blind Auditions Premiere, Pt 2". The Voice. Season 5. NBC. The Blind Auditions Premiere, part 2
- "Tami Chynn: The Princess of Eclectic Dancehall". Vibe.com. May 30, 2006.
- The Story of Tami and Tessanne[dead link]
- One hot Arabian night. Jamaica-gleaner.com (July 28, 2006). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Reggae Gold 2007. Amazon.com (September 9, 2009). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Reggae Sumfest's Singing Sensations. Jamaica-gleaner.com (July 16, 2007). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Jackson, Kevin (November 7, 2013) "No Love From Radio", Jamaica Observer, Retrieved November 8, 2013
- Johnson, Richard (September 5, 2013) "Tessanne voices defence", Jamaica Observer, Retrieved September 8, 2013
- Pucci, Douglas (December 10, 2013). "The Voice on iTunes (December 9–10, 2013)". TV Media Insights. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- The Hot 100 : Page 7. Billboard. Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Digital Songs : Page 2. Billboard. Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Pucci, Douglas (December 17, 2013). "The Voice on iTunes (December 16–17, 2013)". TV Media Insights. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100; Beyonce Debuts. Billboard (December 26, 2013). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Heatseekers Songs : Page 1. Billboard. Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Tessanne Chin The Complete Season 5 Collection
- Tessanne Chin: Caribbean Journal's Artist of the Year 2013", Caribbean Journal, December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013
- VOICE Champ Tessanne Chin to Duet with Adam Levine on Upcoming Album?. Broadwayworld.com (December 31, 2013). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- ‘The Voice’ Winner Tessanne Chin Performs Live!. Ktla.com (December 30, 2013). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Tessanne brings the Voice to Shaggy and Friends. Jamaicaobserver.com (December 25, 2013). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- VIDEO: Invitation to Tessanne Chin's homecoming on YouTube
- Also performing tomorrow are Shaggy, Wayne Marshall, Agent Sasco and Alaine.
- Tessanne Chin receives Gold Medal of City of Kingston
- Video on YouTube
- Tessanne Chin covers Donna Summer's "Last Dance" on YouTube
- Jill Scott sings "Golden" and all the Women of Soul perform "Proud Mary" on YouTube
- Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House
- Tessanne Chin to show off her 'Voice' at New York outdoor festival
- The Voice Tour Ad on YouTube
- The Season 5 winner talks about life on the road, her music and looking her best.
- Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin talks about how she keeps herself strong while on tour.
- See Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin's hair how-to.
- The Voice Season 5 Finale Announced Tessanne Chin As The Champion!
- Tessanne begins recording with Universal early 2014. Jamaicaobserver.com (December 23, 2013). Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
- Tessanne Chin After The Voice Interveiw Part 2 - Onstage TV on YouTube
- Tessanne Chin Talks New Album
- Toby Gad graces debut album by Tessanne Chin
- Ryan Tedder on Why He Hates ‘American Idol’ Coronation Songs
- Musical Influences: Team Adam - The Voice on YouTube.
- Tessanne Chin Talks The Voice Win & Getting Advice From Celine Dion
- In Between Words
- Tessanne Chin
- The Complete Season 5 Collection (The Voice Performance)
|Awards and achievements|
|The Voice (U.S.)
|Awards and achievements|
"Born to Fly"
|The Voice (U.S.)