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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Who is Tessanne Chin?

Who isTessanne Chin? The reality and music world knows Chin for her Reggae fusion recording artist, best known for winning Season 5 of the American 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 3 years with Jimmy Cliff. She is the sister of singer Tami Chynn.


Her father, Richard Chin, is of Chinese descent with Cherokee ancestry and her mother, Christine Chin is of half Black and half English/African ancestry. 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  born September 23, 1985, in Kingston, Jamaica, she was introduced to music at a very early age by her parents.[1] Her mother was the trumpeter and singer in her band called 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 6 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 and also from 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.
Tessanne married Michael Cuffe in 2011. The two had been best friends for four years prior to marriage.

Musical career

Early career

Upon her return to Jamaica, Tessanne 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. 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 started writing songs for her debut CD. Rudy Valentino and Paul Kastick are her producers. Her debut single, "Hideaway", received heavy rotation on Jamaican radio and select stations in New York.[2] Both the single and its music video were very popular. The song was also featured on VP Records' Reggae Gold 2007.[3] After "Hideaway", she has released two more singles, "Messenger" and "Black Books", both available online on her website.
She has performed at several live shows, including The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2006, the Deck cafe, The Port Royal Music Festival, ABC Slim Traxx and her very own show "Arabian Night". Her mixed style is influenced by singers such as Skunk, Pat Benatar, Diana King, Céline Dion, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Bob Marley and Mahalia Jackson.[4]
Tessanne has collaborated with fellow Jamaican artistes Shaggy ("Never Let Go") & 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".
Other noted tracks by Tessanne are remakes of 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" performed and written with her older sister Tami Chynn.
On December 6, 2010, Tessanne released her debut album available for digital download entitled In Between Words.[5]

The Voice

In September 2013 it was announced that she would be competing in Season 5 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice.[6] On the second episode of the blind auditions broadcast on September 24, 2013, she performed Pink's song "Try." All four judges, namely Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton wanted to mentor her but she opted for Adam Levine. On December 10, 2013, her performance of "Bridge over Troubled Water" for the Semifinal Round became #1 on the iTunes chart, with her becoming the first contestant to achieve the top chart position at the end of an applicable voting window that season. 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. 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
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
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
"Unconditonally" Katy Perry 22.8
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
Non-competition performances
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order
Live Playoffs Eliminations "Safe and Sound" (with Team Adam) Capital Cities November 7, 2013 15.4
Live Top 12 Eliminations "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 Eliminations "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 Eliminations "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) One Republic 21.4
Live Top 6 Eliminations "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



  • 2010: In Between Words
  • 2014: Tessanne Chin


  • 2006: "Hideaway"
  • 2007: "Blackbooks"
  • 2008: "Messenger"
  • 2008: "Broken Melody"
  • 2010: "Loving You" (with Kes)
  • 2010: "Are Yuh Gonna (Control)"
  • 2013: "Tumbling Down"
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