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Tessanne Returns As Master Class Mentor At Jamaica Music Camp

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin will make it two in a row as she has once again been selected as the special musical guest for this year's staging of the annual Jamaica Music Camp.

In her role, Chin is expected to teach the camp's master class.

In an interview with The Gleaner, the songbird expressed gratitude for being able to once again share her musical expertise at the summer camp.

"I decided to come back to the Jamaica Music Camp this year because I was so moved by these amazing young individuals," she said. "I was inspired by just how talented and eager they were to learn, and if I can be of help in any way just by being there to impart a little bit of my story and encourage, then for me, that's an amazing day spent."

She explained that she prefers to take a hands-on approach when it comes to mentoring, so rather than planning specific lessons, she would be allowing things to unfold naturally in her sessions with the campers.

"I can't wait to see what's in store this year, and I always feel it's best to take a very natural approach when it comes to mentoring. It's about them, so they'll guide the way with their questions and their talent," she revealed. "I will do my best to help them along the way, and if that means an impromptu jam session or Lord knows what else, then I'm game, but ultimately, it's all about the kids. In terms of doing anything differently, it all depends on the kids I'll meet this time around. Nothing is ever going to be the same because we are dealing with individuals."

Director of the camp, Leora O'Carroll, told The Gleaner that after seeing how well Chin handled herself last year and how much the campers gravitated to her lessons, inviting the songbird to again be the special musical guest was a no-brainer.




"I invited Tessanne to come back because she was so terrific last year. She was the only one who I invited and my first choice, so I'm absolutely delighted that she is returning," she said. "Audiences know Tessanne as a great performer with a superb voice, but what they may not know is that she is also a very well-trained musician who knows technique and musicianship, and who is well steeped in a wide variety of musical genres. She has so much to impart to our campers."

The Jamaica Music Camp is in its fourth year and is set to take place at The Tryall Club near Montego Bay from July 5-15. This year's summer camp is open to children between the ages of nine and 17. The participants are not required to have any previous musical experience. Interested parents can get all details and sign-up information at