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Tessanne Chin

Rap, Reggae
Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin is a Reggae fusion recording artist, best known for her hit singles 'Hideaway' and 'Messenger.' Her father, Richard Chin, is of Mongolian descent with Cherokee ancestry and her mother, Christine Chin is of half African-Jamaican and half-British ancestry.

Her older sister Tami Chynn is also a singer. Tessanne was introduced to music at a very early age by her parents. Her mother was the trumpeter/ singer in her band called the 'Carnations' and her father was the 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. Upon her return to Jamaica, Tessanne joined the Jamaican Rock Band, 'Mile High' and performed for crowds at numerous local venues including Jazzfest, Rockfest, an RETV Unplugged.

Their style, rock reggae, was unique. After going on tour for 3 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.

Both the single and its music video were very popular. Since then she has released two more singles, 'Messenger' and 'Black Books,' both available for sale on her website.