By now you know that Tessanne Chin is “The Voice. What you might not know is that a Dancehall superstar actually was responsible for the Jamaican beauty entering the competition in the first place.
“I didn’t know what to expect because the competition was so fierce,” Chin admitted of taking home the season-five title.
While she came out on top, the ride wasn’t all smooth for the Team Adam singer, who says there were “moments off-camera” where she and coach Adam Levine disagreed over song choice. Sometimes the matter even escalated to the producers, but in the end, Chin trusted her coach and it all paid off with multiple #1′s on the iTunes chart, including her finale song, Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”
“Both Adam and I were very hesitant,” Chin said retrospectively, “because we knew the weight that came with this song.”
Levine not only had faith in her ability, but according to Chin, he was truly invested in the process, and now that she knows him better, she can understand why he’s People magazine s Sexiest Man Alive.
“I guess he’s the Sexiest Man Alive because he’s just Adam, like, he’s not trying to be [that] and that’s really cool … he’s confident, he’s self-assured, he’s passionate about what he does and I don’t think he gives a hoot about anything else or what anybody else has to think and that is sexy,” Chin said.
Chin’s ride on the show was that much sweeter when the soulful singer duetted with Celine Dion during Thursday’s finale, calling the moment a “huge honor.”
“[Dion] was like, ‘Good job,’ and she winked at me and I was like, ‘OK, I can die now,’ ” Chin said looking still wide-eyed over the moment.
No stranger to the singing game, Chin had ben a background singer for reggae star Jimmy Cliff before she broke solo. The NBC series finally gave her the shining moment she had sought, but it might not have happened if she didn’t compete to begin with.
“Shaggy was actually the person that encouraged me to do this,” the Jamaica native revealed to MTV News, adding, “I knew I had nothing to lose.”
Of course, she didn’t know she would go on and win the whole thing, but she did enter the show with a purpose: to “reintroduce” herself and “evolve” beyond just reggae music.
Her signature island vibe will be a part of her future sound, but Chin says she wants to follow in the footsteps of Beyoncé “who is not a slave to genre.”
Of her music, “The Voice” winner says she wants three things: “some phat beats; some wicked, powerful feeling, emotional vocals; and I want super lyrics.” Her first single, “Tumbling Down,” written by guest mentor Ryan Tedder, seems to be on track with her requirements.
For the immediate future, Chin can only think of one thing: getting some R&R. She plans on spending the holidays on her “beloved island” surrounded by her loved ones and some “good food.” All of which is well-deserved.