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Behind the winning voice Tessanne Chin’s favourite food:


“Spicy wings and ribs from KFC. Devon House ice cream.”


Her favourite place in Jamaica: “My sister Tami’s house, and my friend Ariane Williams’s balcony.”


Her favourite spot in the Caribbean: “I love Trinidad for doubles and bussup shut [roti]. Kes [the Band] introduced me to that. I also love Bermuda.”


Her favourite Caribbean musicians: “Kes the Band. They’re my Trinidad brothers. I also love Bunji Garlin, Allison Hinds, Destra, and Li’l Rick. I grew up with my mom and dad in a soca band. I love to see people enjoy themselves.”


The last book she read: “Hunger Games: Mocking Jay. I love reading. That’s my escape.”


means a lot. I want to make the kind of music that’s still around, even when I’m not.” More important, the album marks a return to her songwriting roots, after devoting a year to cementing her credibility as a vocal artist. Along with spending time in the studio, she’s adjusting to


a life now filled with new challenges and expectations. She already has performances scheduled for the St Kitts’ Music Festival in June and Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest in July, while balancing an ever-increasing schedule of interviews and appearances. With her new single “Tumbling Down” in heavy rotation


on Jamaica’s airwaves, Chin enjoys the little downtime she has with her family and friends, and coming to terms with the lessons of The Voice. For her, some of the best moments of the show were off-camera: the relationships she developed with her fellow contestants and her coach. Then there’s her newfound sense of confidence and style. Her friends used to mock her as fashion-challenged but


now say she’s grown exponentially. “That was one of the best parts of The Voice,” says Chin. They took me as I was, and made me feel beautiful. Learning to dress my body in a cool way has done wonders for my confidence. It’s amazing what clothes can do for you.” While Chin is making music, pundits in Jamaica struggle


to make meaning of her victory, both for her and for the music industry as a whole. Insiders hope that Chin’s victory can bring renewal to an industry. “There’s a lot we can learn from Tessanne’s win,” says ZJ Sparks. “The need for mentors, for venues. The importance of perseverance. “More than anything, she’s shown us what we can


accomplish when we unite for a singular purpose, and dedicate all our energy to it. The universe conspires in our favour. Anything can happen.” n


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