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Tessanne Chin is …in between words

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2011 | 1:00 AM
Tessanne Chin

 Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

Slow, soulful melodies filled the air. The chatter and bursts of laughter from friends conversing disturbed the night, bringing life to it.

The occasion was the launch of an album from one of Jamaica's most promising female acts.

On the lawns of the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, Tessanne Chin released her debut album, In Between Words.

The album contains tracks such as the mega-hit Hideaway, the soul-stirring Messenger, as well as a collaboration with Trinidadian artiste, Kees Dieffenthaller.

With her unique blend of dancehall and reggae infused with a bit of rock, Tessanne uses her far-reaching vocal ability to belt out the songs aided by her conscious lyrics.

No stranger to the big stage, she has opened for artistes such as Jimmy Cliff, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Damian Marley, her sister Tami Chynn, and was one of several artistes featured in the Save A Life video and song which was in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

"It's been a long journey and I am happy and very thankful to know it's finally complete and to be able to offer it to my very loyal and patient fans. I guess it feels like my firstborn and I want to show it off to everyone," said Tessanne of the album.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Olivia Grange, shared a few words with the crowd on hand for the launch, saying: "We celebrate your talent and we celebrate your creativity. May this be the first of many excellent productions."

She then made way for the star of the night.

With back-up singers and musicians onstage, Tessanne Chin entered, asking, "How you doing tonight?" before going into songs such as Are Yah Gonna, The Right One and Messenger.

She then opted to turn down her performance a bit, singing Taken.

"I just wanna give a big, big shout-out to my dad and my mom," said Tessanne, before speaking of how her parents, her sister Tami Chynn, Wayne Marshall and others helped in the preparation of the album.

Then, joined by Tami Chynn onstage, the two held hands and sang a duet which wowed the crowd gathered on the lawn.

"You're not there for my needs, you don't even say please ..." sang the two, with the audience appearing to feel every word.

Tessanne then summed up her emotional state in song, performing Flying High to another round of applause, before closing the night and thanking all for celebrating the special moment with her by belting out the popular Hideaway.