Tessanne Chin developed in front of an audience. She performed at the age of six with Kathy Levy’s Little People, and her experiences as a singer have been documented by the media. From overcoming comparisons and touring with fellow artists like Jimmy Cliff, to launching a solo career and then going on to win season five of The Voice on NBC – one thing that has remained constant has been and continues to be her passion for performance.
“I think we always tend to put things in a box and yet so do people, but we are constantly evolving and constantly changing,” Chen said.
On February 1, 2020, she welcomed her daughter Zaya, adding the mother’s surname to her name. She said it was a period of enlightenment. “It’s been an interesting two years. I think the rest of the world will agree with me, that it was like nothing any of us have experienced, but we are lucky to have our daughter,” she said. “Being new parents to a young child means a bit of anxiety, and it has brought us closer — it kind of created a little bubble to focus on our little family and [helped] We have to look for the silver lining. Yes, it was difficult; Sure, in many ways, it has been difficult for the entertainment industry in terms of people being able to do what they love and also to make money, but there is always a positive side.”
She is quick to remind people that she has never given up on music or singing any more. She also privately started offering voice and performance coaching classes and shared her vision for the Voice Box. In this week five questionsChen delves a little deeper into the concept, explains the gift motherhood gave her, and shares her excitement for her performance at Jamaica Rum tomorrow.
1. Some people have the impression that you have retired from performing and recording new music. How do you call this chapter of your life?
I have rearranged. This is a period of rearrangement. I don’t think I’ll ever retire from singing, but she has a new space in my life. I [realised] That’s when I gave birth to my daughter. People should understand that before that, my whole life was singing; I have dedicated myself to being an artist and making music. Then when I had my daughter, it wasn’t about that anymore. It was about being present and able, and it’s nice that so many people can do that when singing; But for me, it was a different sense of purpose in my life. I will always sing and play music, but I want to make other things a priority, branch out and see what my other professions and skills are [have] To view. It is a legacy, and I will always sing; I [a natural-born] Singer and artist. It just so happened that it led to teaching, and I had a great sense of purpose and fulfillment from it as well. It is something that excites me and brings me a sense of joy to be involved in a portion of the talents of our future generations; To pass on what I know to them. Sometimes we have to rearrange what is priority, what is joy, what is essential, and this is the process I am in.
2. How did motherhood treat you, and what did it teach you?
It’s the hardest, most amazing job I’ve done and the most rewarding one for me. Zaya comes in at this age…she’s two years old…so she’s a lot of “no”, “Zaya, come here”, but she’s a good kid. And the [I am] She does not say that there are good and bad children, but she did nothing terrible. She only expresses her rights, preferences and curiosity, which every healthy two-year-old does. It’s hard to raise sons on a child, and to do so without trying to bring back parenting. In certain ways, it’s a huge deal and can be very motivating and beneficial. It reminded me of certain things about myself [that] I forgot, my childhood and who I was that primary being, and it’s also a great reminder now. She loves water, her food, singing, melodies and dancing, and now she is in school and she loves him. It is a pleasure to see her school of love.
3. In March, you were going to host your first singing workshop alongside the efforts of the Tourism Promotion Fund. What has the partnership resulted from since then?
That was a great introduction to me in terms of taking on this new role as a teacher or coach, and it’s nice to put together what I’ve learned so far, and summarize it in a workshop. But it has been rewarding to see the talent that Jamaica offers in sheer abundance. I had the opportunity to return last month with a few selected singers and form workshops to prepare them for their show. I spent more time with them, and I really enjoyed that because there is so much you can learn while training; And getting to a workshop is just being able to lay down the basics of something. But having one quality with them over two days was something special.
The sound box is a little different, too. I teach a lot of children from the age of six, [so] I try to lead with love and make every singer and every student understand that it’s a safe place to make all their mistakes, to be able to test their vocal abilities and not get scared, embarrassed or criticized if that happens. Not going as planned. They have to build confidence and express themselves. I had planned to do a performing arts summer camp, but some developments came up. in [the] In the future, I want her to become a performing arts teacher. Currently, I am in the process of trying to build a scholarship and get sponsorship for children who may not have opportunities to participate in similar workshops, or afford lessons.
4. As you prepare to honor the Jamaica Rum Festival stage, what do you focus on most in relation to your performance during your performance, and why?
First of all, I’m not going to lie, I’m very nervous. But at this point in my life and career, my primary focus is to have a good time and encourage everyone out there to have a good time. I think sometimes, as an artist, we get caught up in wanting everything to be perfect, and I think it’s another thing motherhood taught me—it’s not about everything being perfect, but about doing your best and enjoying the process. That’s my focus – we all have a good time on stage and the audience is having a good time singing with us, be so grateful [that] We can do a live show again.
5. This event is not only a celebration of our Romance and culture but also showcases the food we’ve learned you’re passionate about through your YouTube channel. Do you also view the festival as an opportunity to add your knowledge to vlogs in the future?
Aside from looking forward to seeing Sevana perform (because I’m a huge fan) and just being where the live music is, which in itself is a real treat in these times, I’m a big foodie. So, of course I look forward to it. I use rum in recipes too; There’s an incredible recipe that I’ve switched up with rum, it’s a croissant bread pudding and a bit of appleton that goes really well in it. Brandon, my husband, are these wicked rum, nice dim pancakes. I will not hide it and say it. I’m a big fan of rum, too. Do not give me wine or any other alcoholic beverage. Give me rum. Don’t ask me how this or that wine tastes… no… duh duet!
Prauta: Do you have new music coming out anytime this year, and can you tell us more about your plans to record?
It’s funny to ask that. I had new music waiting to be released, but with my current situation and rearranging my place, I don’t think I’m ready to do that. I’m not there yet.