Who is Tessanne Chin? The Voice

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Representing Jamaica

This Jamaican superstar became an international star when she debuted on NBC’s The Voice in 2013. It is kind of ironic because Tessanne was a judge on a popular TV show that scouts for talent in Jamaica. Now she is the one being judged. However, the Voice provides a great platform to launch her international career. Jamaicans are very excited for her and it’s what everyone on the island is talking about.

Tessanne Chin is a native of the island of Jamaica. She is obviously from a multi-cultural background like most Jamaicans. The interesting thing about Tessanne is that she boasts Cherokee ancestry which is unusual on the Island. She has always been a celebrity in Jamaica. Most Jamaicans know her as that brave girl who ventured into alternative rock and roll. She also brings a reggae rock flavor to her many pursuits. Before she became popular as a singer, she was known as a song writer in the reggae circles. She was also a backup singer for the legendary Jimmy Cliff. Her sister Tami Chin is a major celebrity in Jamaica. Tami Chin even got a major record deal on Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. Therefore, at one point Tessane chin was living in the shadows of her sister. Her family has a rich reputation in music overall. Both of her parents were musicians in reggae/ska bands in their younger days.

Tessanne Chin's audition on the Voice

The Music Career of Tessanne Chin

Tessanne’s musical career started with the reggae rock band called Mile High. This band was the most popular band in the Jamaica underground Rock and Roll scene. She eventually left the band to do a three year worldwide tour with Jimmy Cliff. After the tour, Tessanne concentrated on her solo career. She has managed to produce two hit singles in Jamaica which is a big deal. The global music industry is always paying attention to the hit songs in Jamaica.

Tessanne Chin Debuts on The Voice

The Jamaican crowd already knew that Tessanne Chin would have all four judges fighting over her. The bet in the streets was how many seconds it would take for all four chairs to turn. She got all chairs to turn in a record 28 seconds. Adam Levine said “You can easily win The Voice this Year”. Each of the judges took turns in flattering and wooing Tessanne. However, she eventually chose Adam Levine.

Tessanne’s Battle round on The Voice

The battle round for Tessanne was very intimidating. Adam put her up against Donna Allen who has a power house voice like Tina Turner. Donna is no Joke; Her voice is big and dominant with lots of top end range. Before the competition, everyone in Jamaica knew that Tessanne would not be able to hit high and difficult notes like Donna. Mrs Chin's only strategy would be to sing within her own range and execute properly.

During the battle, that is exactly what happened. Tessanne maintained her key and pitch while adding some versatility. Donna became over confident and overdid the song causing her to lose valuable points. It was a very hard battle because Tessanne went slightly above her range, which was still nowhere near Donna’s superb vocal ability. In the end, Tesssanne won the battle because of her self-control and quickly adapting to her environment.

Tessanne Chin in the Knockout Round

After facings stiff competition in the battle round from Donna Allen, Tessanne was given an easier opponent in the knockout rounds. I’m not saying that Ashley DuBose is not a good singer. Her rendition of Train’s “Soul sister” was okay. On the other hand, Tessanne’s rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” may be better than the original. The performance by Ashley was a bit nonchalant. She did not show off her vocal range. Tessanne was vocally stronger by alternating between high and low notes flawlessly. She will now move on to the live round of The Voice.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

I didn't like Donna's voice....not my cup of tea. I knew Tes had it in her ti win the round. I bet if Tessanne was the one to drop out the other judges would have stolen her.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for the introduction.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Cardisa. That is what Cee Lo said about Donna. I think Donna's voice needs to be tamed in order to compete against hot acts like Tess. It was an interesting battle though. It made Tess step up her game.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

We don't have a tv my friend so I'm a little out of touch with the latest programming. Consequently, I have never heard of this young woman, so thanks for the introduction.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Mhatter99. I am going to introduce Tessanne to the world. At least a couple more people will now know who she is.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

For a seasoned singer like Donna she should be able to control her voice a little bit more. Tes is so humble. She said she was not going in the battle to out-sing anyone and she was amazing. I have been a fan of hers for a long time.

@Billy. Tessanne is a Jamaican singer. She tours Asia but has not broken into the American or European market as yet. That's the reason for her entering "The Voice US".


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Billy. I am glad to be following Tessanne via TV. There was a time I lived without TV also. I only have two channels and watch Tessanne on the neighbour's cable TV.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

@Cardisa, Donna is like that lead singer for the baptist church choir who takes it real high. It was her low range that won her the spot in the auditions. Even if she got her act together, Tess would have still beaten her. Tess is very versatile.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for this introduction to Tessanne Chin. the Jamaicans have good reasons to be proud of her.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Ms Dora. We are very proud of her for being humble and going the extra mile.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi rasta, I watch The Voice over here, but to be honest I haven't heard anybody that I particularly liked, but Tessanne on the other hand has such a lovely voice, its really sweet, thanks for introducing her, I will see if she gets to come to England, I really hope so, thanks, nell


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Rose. I think the talents on the voice are amazing. There are a couple acts that have impressed me. I like how the contenders are coached by accomplished professionals.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Who is Tessanne Chin? great hub informative, useful and well researched about his beautiful perosn


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for the energy, DDE. Much respect


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Her voice is beautiful.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Vinaya. It is beautiful indeed. I have been following her career for some time now.


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torrilynn 2 years ago

Thanks for the read it always fun to learn about new talent and where they are from.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Blessings Torrilynn. I an glad I did this article before Tessanne won the voice.


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

YES! So glad I decided to come back to your profile today. I love love love TESANNE! She has such a unique, powerful and beautiful voice. Props for giving her the recognition here! Do you know what she is up to now? Does she have her own album out?


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Kathleen. She is still touring as a Voice winner. She did a show at the White House recently. She has a lot of shows lined up in Jamaica. No album yet though, she is still on the road.


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ohic32 2 years ago

Her album,"Count On My Love" is now available on iTunes and at Walmart. She announced it via Facebook a day or two ago.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Ohic32. Good looking out, I'll go check it out


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ohic32 2 years ago

No prob Rasta1 :).

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