Watch in this video as Matthew Schuler from The Voice sings ‘Hallelujah’ to guests at Couples San Souci Resort in Jamaica.
Posted on 24 January 2014.
Watch in this video as Matthew Schuler from The Voice sings ‘Hallelujah’ to guests at Couples San Souci Resort in Jamaica.
Posted on 12 January 2014.
Hats off to Team Shaggy and Friends. The momentum of such a worthy event began to build days after the announcement that Jamaica’s‘ songbird Tessanne Chin was crowned winner of the 5th season of NBCs The Voice . After the announcement of her win, Shaggy and his team immediately announced the full line up of his annual charity event for Bustamante Children Hospital.
Shaggy went on a media campaign along with some of the many artists who contributed their time and energy for this cause. For three weeks straight Shaggy and Friends were on local morning television programs, local and international radio letting the people know they Dare them to Care.
Immediately, the slogan Dare to Care took to social media and we began to receive word TWO week before the event that platinum tickets were sold out! As Team Shaggy and Friends continued the campaign, requests from ticket outlets began to pour in for re-stock of tickets and Shaggy began to realize that the movement was on.
“I always know it harder for one man to achieve anything alone. As they say it takes a village to raise a child and we decided it takes a nation to save our children” says Shaggy.
It was now hours before showtime and stage, lights and cameras were all in place. The traffic towards Jamaica House was bumper to bumper and by 6:50 p.m. the patrons began filling the venue.While the patrons were filling the venue sponsors and #teamshaggy4kids took the party to social media and garnered over 3 million imprints by using hash tag #teamshaggy4kids and generating over 2 million streaming viewers from all over the world, which generated more donations. Social media was excited and The Jamaica House was filled and it was showtime, which started promptly at 8 p.m.
The beautiful Carlene Davis, took to the stage and paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and then performed a few gospel songs to remind the audience what the night was all about. It was now time for ‘Si Martin Yah’, Christopher Martin who gave a short yet solid set. The night continued with stellar performance from Elephant Man, Wayne Marshall, his son GioMar, Agent Sasco, Trinidad sensation Kes and the Band, Dancehall sensation Konshens, International Super Star Neyo, Chronixx, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley with surprise performance from Jah Cure and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Sean Paul and I-Octane.
Yet the time everyone waited for was ‘The Voice’ Tessanne Chin, who gave an impeccable performance with her band while giving the crowd some of her classics and some of the songs she performed on The Voice. Tessanne later introduced a fellow Voice contestant Mathew Schuler, who won over the crowd as he sung Hallelujah and a Wayne Wonder Cover of No Letting Go.
Tessanne would return in true star fashion with a wardrobe change and take the crowd with her as she sung a crowd favorite Hideaway.
The night was just superb, the efforts of a true visionary and man with a genuine heart was reflected by the magnitude of the crowd and by the efforts of everyone on his team.
“I cannot take all the compliments without saying, Thank You to my team, Rebecca Packer and Team Shaggy and Friends, you all are truly amazing. To all media houses we thank you. To my friends and artists who took the time out of your schedule for the kids, hats off to you and to everyone who donated, your contributions will save lives, and most of all to our sponsors, Thank You!“
Posted on 06 January 2014.
Real Entertainment Productions and CEO, Andrew Lee Pryce are throwing their support behind the addition of P!nk’s Try to the official Justice System movie soundtrack, recently made possible by the film’s producers, Spyglass Entertainment.
Released in 2012, Try peaked at number nine on theBillboard Hot 100 chart and was further popularized in 2013 thanks to the efforts of The Voice winner,Tessanne Chin, who successfully sang the song during her blind audition on the NBC talent show.
In a press release, P!nk says she thoroughly enjoyed Tessanne’s pulsating rendition of her song and is glad that Try has been added to the Justice Systemsoundtrack.
“I fell in love with Jamaican music when Tessanne Chindid over my song, Try on The Voice and it was extraordinary,” she said. “I now fall in love with Andrew-Lee Pryce’s talent as a film producer. “When Spy Glass Entertainment contacted me to use my song ‘Try’ in Pryce’s upcoming film, Justice System, I could not say no.”
Pryce says Try is a perfect fit for the movie soundtrack given its strong, underlying message.
“I love this song from, the first time I heard it! Each time I hear this song, even if I’m down. It’s a big motivation to keep trying hard for success, nevertheless what haters have to say.”
Meanwhile, Pryce and the Real Entertainment Production congratulate Tessanne Chin for her outstanding performances that led her to the crown on The Voice, putting Jamaican music back, firmly, on the international map. He now hopes to emulate Chin’s success on the big screen.
“Tessanne Chin tried until the end, when she won The Voice. Now I’m trying to break big in film and win an Oscar.” he said.
Justice System, produced by independent American film company, Spyglass Entertainment, is a movie looking at the life of a young Jamaican footballer seeking a better, but finds gets himself in legal troubles in the United States. The movie will feature a slew of international stars, including Academy Awardwinning actor, Russell Crowe and rap star, Ja Rule to name a few.
Real Entertainment Production is still on the hunt for the cast to play the role as the young Jamaican footballer.
Pryce and his R.E.P continue to thank Spyglass Entertainment for allowing the opportunity to help bring this promising film to life. The film is expected to be released in 2016.
Auditions for Justice System will be held across North America and the Caribbean between March and June 2014. Locations for said auditions include, Jamaica, Trinidad, the United States and Canada.
Posted on 20 December 2013.
Billboard took strong notice of one of her best vocal performances on the American talent show – a rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Trouble Water – placing at number 64 on its Top 100 chart. The song, which topped the iTunes chart a day after her performance, has sold over 60,000 digital units since she performed it during the semi-finals of The Voice, according to Billboard, warranting a place on the list. It is the first time she has ever appeared on the chart.
Meanwhile, Chin will perform her first live show in Jamaica since her triumph on The Voice as she is set to headline Shaggy and Friends, the bi-annual charity show hosted by Grammy-winning entertainer and mentor, Shaggy.Click Here To Read More
Posted on 18 December 2013.
It is fitting that Tessanne Chin’s handle on the popular picture-sharing website, Instagram is ‘TheBesTess,’ because after pulling off one of the most incredible renditions of a Whitney Houston song in recent memory and showing exemplary humility throughout her run on The Voice, she has painted an image of excellence and grace that has ever graced a talent show stage.
That image is now worth a lot more than 1,000 words, as the 28-year-old Jamaican singer took home the title on the season five finale of the American talent show on Tuesday night, pocketing US$100,000 and a recording contract with a major U.S. label. The result, which also made Adam Levine the winning coach on the show, was confirmed following a two-hour season finale, featuring a number of performances including all the season’s contestants, as well as guest performances by the likes ofLady Gaga, Ne-Yo, Paramore and many more.
The standout performance of the night, however, was from Tessanne, who received the opportunity to sing with legendary singer and idol, Celine Dion, causing her to hysterically burst into tears as she tried to channel the shock. That nervous energy, however, was translated into the typical vocal brilliance she displayed throughout the competition, performing Love Can Move Mountainsalongside the Grammy-winning musician, with both clearly enjoying themselves and giving a display of pure musical talent.
As surprising as that performance was, it was a fitting follow-up to her final live performance show set on Monday night, as she competed against eventual runner-up, Jacqueline Lee and second runner-up, Will Champlin for top spot on The Voice. After singing her rendition of the song which got her in the competition in the first place – Pink’s Try – and performing a sumptuous duet of The Beatles’ Let It Be with Levine,Chin was handed the toughest of tests – Whitney Houston’s classic, I Have Nothing.
Given Houston was one of the greatest singers to ever grace the world, Chin would no doubt be judged by the highest of standards by music lovers and judges alike. But after showing fluency and vocal clarity that few singers possess, Tessanne not only performed to that standard, but had the audience and judges in shock, wondering if she had a ceiling, as Levine pointed out during his post-performance commentary.It was the stuff of legend that even had the likes of Piers Morgan speaking Jamaican patois and later earned her asecond straight number one on the overall iTunes chart.
Locals packed Half-Way-Tree in Kingston during the finale, reminiscent of last year’s Olympic Games in London, and erupted with joy and relief once Tessanne’s name was announced, and everyone from top local musicians, media personnel and high ranking politicians congratulated her from her efforts.
Where Tessanne Chin will go from here is unknown and how Jamaican music will capitalize on this victory remains unclear, but those pictures will be painted over time, everyone can only hope this artist continues to create masterpieces as her career blossoms.
Posted on 08 November 2013.
The Kingston-born singer was one of two from her team headed by coach Adam Levine voted past the first phase of the live performance round, joining American singer, James Wolpert. Both Chin and Wolpert were spared of the agony of being amongst the three singers left to face Levine, as he was left with the choice of choosing between Preston Pohl, Will Champlin and Grey.
Ultimately, it was Champlin who received the vote of confidence from Levine to move on.
Tessanne earned her votes following a moving, high octave performance of Many Rivers To Cross, the classic single by her mentor, Jimmy Cliff. She was considered by many analysts to be the headline performer of the night during her set Monday. Additionally, her rendition of Cliff’s song charted as high as 27th on the iTunes charts prior to the end of voting Tuesday morning.
The Top 12 will perform on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 respectively as they compete for ten spots in the next phase of the live performance phase.
Posted on 15 October 2013.
Multi-talented Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin is through to the knockout round of the popular American talent show, The Voice after winning a tightly-contested battle round against veteran American pop singer, Donna Allen Monday night.
Chin and Allen, both standouts on the show mentored by elite singers, Adam Levine and Ryan Tedder were surprisingly paired together during the battle round, in which they had to perform a rendition of Emeli Sande’s hit song, Next To Me together. As expected, they gave a rousing, emotional rendition of the song and made it extremely tough for Levine and fellow judges, Christina Aguilera, Cee’Lo Green and Blake Shelton to choose between them.
Allen’s powerful, raspy voice immediately stomped her authority on the song while Tessanne’s smooth, sultry vocals effectively added the balance and extra charisma necessary to make the rendition come off flawlessly. Following their two-minute rendition, tension arose as the judges lauded them on their performance.
While Shelton gave the edge to Allen, Aguilera and Green both cited Tessanne’s clarity in their decision to give her in the edge. Ultimately, it was the coaches’ decision, and Levine ended up choosing Tessanne to move on to the knockout round, where she will compete against another member or her team for the right to move on to the highly-anticipated live performance stage.
Despite Allen’s exceptional performance in a losing effort, none of Levine’s rival coaches opted to use one of their two steals to take her on board to the next round, to the surprise of many. For his part, Green cited patches in Allen’s voice during her performance as a reason for not opting to take her on.
Battle Night 2 on The Voice will air live Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC and 7 p.m. (local time) on RETV in Jamaica, with TVJ showing a delayed broadcast at 9 p.m. local time.
Posted on 11 October 2013.
Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013
Growing up on the island of Jamaica with musical parents, Tessanne knew she always wanted to be a musician. For three years, she sang backup for reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, but eventually broke out as a solo artist in Jamaica. Tessanne has not been able to make any waves in the U.S., but she’s hoping that The Voice will take her global. Follow Tessanne on Twitter at @Tessanne
Posted on 25 September 2013.
Eight years ago, Tessanne Chin landed her big break with the chart-topping hit, Hideaway, seemingly sending the beautiful songstress on her way to superstardom. Now, she may be set to attain something which could blow that achievement out of the water after a stunning performance on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night.
Though Chin has been established in Jamaica for quite some time, the Jamaican singer recently opted to try out for season five the popular American talent show as she gave a blind audition to its judges: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee’Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. What resulted was the biggest pop offered by the crowd during the two-hour show, which had all four judges turn around almost instantly as Chin gave a chill-inducing rendition of Pink’s single, Try.
With her father on hand as well as her husband, Michael Cuffe Jr., Chin was moved to tears as Levine, the Maroon 5 front man instantly tipped her as a possible winner of the competition. All four judges lauded Chin on her vocal range, humility and confidence while even asking her to speak a little of her native tongue.
After the exchanges, Chin would then choose Levine as her coach for the season, insisting she wants to work on her vocal strength and propel herself to the next frontier.
Tessanne tweeted her excitement afterwards, saying, “Just getting a chance to read through all of your kind wonderful words!!! Thank you every one!!! I am speechless!!! That’s all I can say.” She also received additional complimentary tweets from Levine and Aguilera as well as fellow Jamaican entertainment personalities.
Chin will now move on to the battle rounds, where she will be performing alongside another team member selected by Levine, before one is selected to move on. Should she advance through the initial eliminations, she will then advance to the live performance segment.
The last person left standing at the end of season five will be declared ‘The Voice’ and wins a recording contract with an American label while also securing victory for their respective coach.