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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tessanne Chin is the Winner of the Voice - Princess Kitana #BreadandButter work begins as March 2014 deadline for Universal Studios album from Mona Tessanne

It’s now a week after Tessanne Chin has won The Voiceand the news hasn’t yet died down as stated in the article “Terrific Tessanne wins The Voice”, Published Tuesday December 17, 2013 10:57 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner and  “She did it! Tessanne is The Voice”, published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:56 PM, The Jamaica Observer. #BreadandButta is going to be a hot seller this Christmas 2013 as Tessanne Score a Flawless Victory like Princess Kitana in Mortal Kombat for all Talented Singers in Jamaica as the First Jamaican to win The Voice

The reason I’ve taken so long to do an article is that I was hoping that the excitement and euphoria over her win would have cooled down sufficiently to get some good analysis news of her winning The Voice. Plus I really like this new picture of her; maybe we should rechristen her Mona Tessa along with her Downtown moniker Chinita Goodas. Also I’m apparently being elevated to the Status of God as noted in the article “Jamaica's Tess”, published Monday December 23, 2013, The Jamaica Gleaner.


I was wrong. There is still too much noise in the Traditional media. By “noise” I mean people either writing emotionally filled articles tracing her historic journey to finally winning as stated n the article “Tessanne's journey on The Voice”, Published Monday December 16, 2013 7:54 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner or just simply news about what Tessanne Chin doing currently. So now it's a week later and it’s still no quieter; so it’s now or never for my personal analysis of what went down on those fateful two (2) days on The Voice.

After all, who could blame them people? Not only was Blake Shelton’s winning streak been broken but it’s a Historic Win for our Music and speaks much about our singing ability as Jamaicans.  I’ll leave it at that, as I’m not one of those persons trying to extend our music and athletic prowess to imply Jamaicans can do everything; we’re just talented in these areas is my basic view. But it’s still historic as we have become the first foreign country to win The Voice”, a big win for Jamaican Music that unites us All.

Night of the Voice – Half Way Tree Intersection of People resonates with Olympic Pride

On the night of her last performance at “the Voice” on the night of Tuesday December 17th 2013, Half Way Tree near to the JUTC (Jamaica Urban Transit Company) Transport Center became the scene of a massive throng of people who apparently didn’t have a big screen TV at home as can be seen in the pictures in the article  “PHOTOS: Tessanne fever hits Half-Way Tree”, published Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:20 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Equally jubilant were her parents who were camped out supporting #TeamTessanneChin and #TeamBreadandButter via their Twitter party concept that was catching on among diaspora, being as it was their accounts that count as stated in “PHOTOS: Confident crowd at daddy Chin's home”, Published Tuesday December 17, 2013 9:59 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.

The waggonists gathered to watch her perform on the Jumbo Screens that basically made the Half Way Tree Intersection a kind of mini Time Square just to get a glimpse of the Songbird. It was a crowd similar to the crowds I saw that sprang to life whenever our Jamaicans were running their races at the 2008 or even the 2012 Olympic Games. Definitely the Jumbo Screens are convenient, albeit the sound wasn't all that great!

I know as I was there, coming home from yet another computer repair job. While passing through Half Way Tree close to the JUTC (Jamaica Urban Transit Company) Transport Center, I bumped into the Crowd. I say “bumped” as it was about 8:00 pm and based on the crowd and how they were getting rallied by Miss Kitty powered by Digicel’s Boom Box Truck that point I realized that Tessanne Chin was soon to come on The Voice” and not necessarily lost people.

I stood to observe the crowd on the opposite side of the Road and drank it all in. It was quite something else. So many people excited over someone that hardly knew as if it was an Olympic event and in all accounts had been underrated by the Jamaica Media Fraternity as noted in “Wild celebration as Tessanne wins The Voice”, published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:53 PM by Kimmo Matthews, The Jamaica Observer.

I eventually left, walking towards Clock Tower Plaza just as the CVM TV OBU (outside Broadcast Unit) and other Media entities were arriving to get some quick sound bites from the frenzied crowd for their respective entertainment shows. I was quite desperate to make it home to see the celebration myself on Television, but from all accounts the crowd was just getting started, so I had plenty of time.

I guess I should have stayed back a bit, as I reached home just in time to catch the celebration that was also wildly in swing once she had won. Swallowfiled where I lived erupted in a banging of Dutch pots and Vuvuzelas as we and the rest of Jamaica celebrated her win which spoke volumes about how Americans love Reggae Music and respect and revere Jamaican singing Talent.

Tessanne Chin represents Jamaica on the Voice – Three Musketeers sing their Three Last songs

A quick step back from the excitement on Tuesday December 17th 2013 to her Last Mile on Monday December 16th 2013 on The Voice” that was to start at 8:00 pm that day!

Her final walk on Monday December 16th 2013 saw her singing for the last time with her fellow Team Adam stable mate Will Champlin and Team Christina's charge Jacqui Lee. During this final show, she sang flawlessly as she did last week to make it into the Top 3 as stated in my blog article entitled “Tessanne Chin now in the Top 3 in The Voice - Historic #BreadandButter Victory within Grasp for Tessanne Chin as Blake Shelton supports her je ne sais quoi Voice”.

The three Musketeers were slated to sing three songs as stated in “Tessanne hits The Voice stage tonight with coach Adam”, Published: Monday December 16, 2013 7:23 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner and “The Voice Final: Can Tessanne do it?”, published Monday, December 16, 2013 6:19 PM, The Jamaica Observer. Each contestant was to sing a song that symbolically represented their journey through The Voiceand support from their Coach:

1.      Their first song at the Blind Auditions on The Voice
2.      A duet with their respective Team Coaches
3.      A final Swan Song to declare to the world why they should be chosen as The Voice

In the case of Tessanne Chin, the path to victory was laid clear:

1.      Reliving the moment of vindication at the blind auditions by singing P!nk’s “Try”
2.      Duet with Adam Levine singing the Beatles song “Let it Be”
3.      Her swan song, which was the Whitney Houston hit “I have Nothing”



Thus the List of Blind Audition songs to be performed breaks down as follows:

1.      Will Champlin (Team Adam): Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You”
2.      Jacquie Lee (Team Xtina): Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”
3.      Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): P!nk’s “Try”

The Duets were also equally interesting as well:

1.      Tessanne Chin & Adam Levine: The Beatles song “Let it Be”
2.      Jacquie Lee & Christina Aguilera: Christina Aguilera’s “We Remain”
3.      Will Champlin & Adam Levine: Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”

But it's the Swan song that's got the focus of the American Voting Public, as it's the song upon which they were to be judged winners of “The Voice”:

1.      Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): Whitney Houston hit “I have Nothing”
2.      Will Champlin (Team Adam): Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)”
3.      Jacquie Lee (Team Xtina): “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (from Dreamgirls)


Adam Levine’s strategy involved older songs that resonated better with an older Millennial (ages 18 to 28) and Generation X (ages 29 to 45) crowd used to quality music on LP’s and CD’s, while Christina Aguilera swung for Teenager (ages 13 to 17) crowd and younger Millennial (ages 18 to 28) more used to MP3 Music.



Personally I’m a Generation X (ages 29 to 45), which means I came of age in the 1990’s and thus my musical taste is more reflective of the 80’s and 90’s as I’ve opined in my blog article entitled “Jamaican Music Industry 2 Years post-Ban - How Artiste and Booking Agents Launder Money” as opposed to Millennial (ages 18 to 28).

So you know where my support would lie as even the British knew who the winner was going to be as noted in the article “Ladies in red! Christina Aguilera and The Voice contestant Jacquie Lee are glamorous in coordinating scarlet dresses as three finalists duet with their coaches”, published 17 December 2013 UPDATED: 15:30 GMT, Dailymail UK. Jacqui Lee duet with Christina Aquilera really showed the young Lioness' talent; it’s clear she’ll be a force to reckon with when she gets older and acquires more control over her powerful little voice!



Similarly sentiments probably existed among Americans, as the majority of Americans who own an Apple iPhone are actually older Millennial (ages 18 to 28) and Generation X (ages 29 to 45) as concluded from my blog article entitled “Kantar WorldpanelComTech Stats suggests that the Apple iPhone 5C is a Google Android smartphone whisperer – US$100 cheaper is still a Deal for the 38 year old Crowd”.

Clearly Tessanne Chin was pulling out the Big guns. To do a Whitney Houston song and do it well, singing what’s considered Sacred Ground in the US of A is to connect with the Black Community and MoTown whose singing talent came from the Church. And by all accounts she did it well as stated in the article “Tessanne nails Whitney Houston’s classic on 'Voice' finals”, published Monday December 16, 2013 10:03 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.



In the process, she also secured the Top 6 positions on Apple iTunes, vindication of her growing popularity and singing quality as stated in the article “Tessanne secures six spots on iTunes Top 100 USA”, Published Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:08 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner which were still there at the time of writing this article. The support by the Americans was equally matched by Jamaicans at home and the Diaspora as noted in “TEAM TESSANNE RALLY AT HOME”, published Monday, December 16, 2013 9:50 PM, The Jamaica Observer.

Tessanne Chin and Celine Dion – My Fave Goddesses on one Stage

Tuesday December 17th 2013 sealed it though, with all contestants doing duets, Tessanne Chin’s being Celine Dion as stated in the article “When Tessanne Sings Tonight”, Published Tuesday December 17, 2013 5:21 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner. Their duets were with established artiste from Universal Music to whom the winner would eventually be signed upon winning. And what a duet that Tessanne Chin Performed!



Absolutely takes my breath away! I would play this clip over and over again!

The other performance were also noteworthy, especially Jacqui Lee, who’s duet with Paramour “Ain’t it Fun” was very entrancing, like watching a much younger version of P!nk perform but with the same strength of character as Miley Cyrus as noted in the article “The Voice Season 5 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is… [Plus: 15 Additional Awards!]”, published DECEMBER 17, 2013 07:57 PM PST BY MICHAEL SLEZAK, TV Line.



But in the end there could only be one winner: Tessanne Chin! Her reason for winning is as gently outlined above: more older Millennial (ages 18 to 28) and Generation X (ages 29 to 45) own Apple iPhones and have an active Apple iTunes account than Teenager (ages 13 to 17) crowd and younger Millennial (ages 18 to 28).

They know good music when they hear it and thus put their money where their ears led them and voted….and Tessanne Chin Won! She was then given the Victory song Tumbling Down which was written for her by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.



Tessanne Chin the Winner – Real work begins as March 2014 is deadline for an album

The rest is now history as I’d mentioned above. Tessanne Chin then went on a whirlwind tour of interviews on the Today Show and then Jay Leno as a Talk Show and even Access Hollywood (OMG!) as stated in “Tessanne Chin is The Voice” published Wednesday, December 18, 2013 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer and “Tessanne To Appear On US 'Today Show Tomorrow”, Published Wednesday December 18, 2013 4:07 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Tessanne Chin eventually returned to Jamaica courtesy of a Private Jet ride from Telecom Provider Digicel, which ferried a tired but very animated Tessanne Chin back home to family, friends and an airport full of Waggonists  ….er ..I mean supporters as noted in the article “PHOTOS: Tessanne Chin Arrives Home”, Published Friday December 20, 2013 8:30 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.



I say waggonists as I am sure many Jamaicans are wondering how come we never knew she had such singing Talent like yet remained undiscovered for so long. A plus for Corporate Investment in the Creative Industries as argued by Pulse CEO Kingsley Cooper in his Jamaica Gleaner article “Tessanne Proves The Point Of Creative Business”, Published Friday December 20, 2013, The Jamaica Gleaner.

I’ll ignore the other articles I’ve read congratulating Tessanne Chin and all the folks she’s met, especially the so-called controversy regarding her statement on Jamaican roads when asked what vehicle she’d prefer from Kia Motors as noted in the article “'The Voice' Champ Quips About Jamaica's Bad Roads”, published December 19, 2013, Associated News via ABC News.

The NWC (National Works Agency) was the pig that got struck and squealed when the rock of a comment that Tessanne Chin spoke struck them as noted in “Point Noted ... NWA On Tessanne's “We Have The Worst Roads” Remark”, Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:42 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner, as the roads are really that bad and really require a SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) to negotiate.

Tessanne Chin eventually got a 2014 Kia Sorento thanks to a local dealership for Kia in Jamaica that facilitated the prize being hand-delivered as noted in Sorento For The Songstress: Kia Motors Ja To Provide Tessanne With Prize Vehicle”, Published Sunday December 22, 2013, The Jamaica Gleaner.

These side issues, including her prize money of US$100,000 are mere distractions and is mostly gushing and rather pointless and neither adds or takes away nothing from her flawless victory, Mortal Kombat style!

She now has until March 2014 to complete an album of songs as per her contract with Universal Studios, albeit she’s opting to do the album here in Jamaica with GeeJam Studios in Portland as stated in  “Tessanne Wants A Grammy Next”, published: Monday December 23, 2013, The Jamaica Gleaner



Already she’s set her sights on winning the Grammy and collaborations with her former coach Maroon Lead Singer Adam Levine and even the Marleys, who in Jamaica are considered Royalty as stated in her video interview at the Jamaica Observer Exchange on Monday December 23rd 2013 as stated in the article “VIDEO: Tessanne to get cracking on new album January”, published Tuesday, December 24, 2013BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer.

The future for “The Voice” is clear: Denyque and Ishawna are to be the New Entrants into the Voice in 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “Tessanne Chin now in the Top 6 in The Voice - Reggae Patios Song proves Americans Love her Underneath it All as Team Adam and #TeamBreadandButter sets up a Shelly Ann Fraser 1-2-3 finish”. Until then you know how to support Tessanne Chin in the future when her album drops in March 2014 on Apple iTunes!
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