The Voice 2013 Season 5 audiences were treated to the audition of Jamaican-born singer Tessanne Chin. The powerhouse sang “Try” by pop-rock artist P!nk, which received a four-chair turn from Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera. The judges were mesmerized by the singer’s vocals… in addition to her Jamaican dialect.
This isn’t the first time the multi-ethnic performer has graced a stage, however. The reggae-fusion artist was born into a family of musicians. Her mother and father, Christina and Richard Chin, played instruments and sang in a band called Carnations, while Tessanne’s older sister, Tami, went on to become a recording artist in Jamaica.
Tessanne emigrated from Jamaica to England at the age of 12, and on her return back to her homeland she joined a band called Mile High. While with the reggae rock group, Tess toured for three years with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Finally, Tessanne branched out to do her own solo music, which incorporated various musical styles and influences, and the artist scored two hits with “Hideaway” and “Messenger” on her album In Between Worlds.
The Jamaican songbird continued to sing and has collaborated with fellow Jamaican artist Shaggy, and Trinbagonian (of Trinidad and Tobago) soca band Kes. She was also featured on a track called “By My Side” by legendary band Third World.
Tessanne came to The Voice stage to challenge herself by stretching her vocal chops, crossing genres, and hopefully making a name for herself worldwide. Tess chose to join Team Adam hoping that he could teach her what it takes to be The Voice.
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