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Tessanne, Tami to make appearance together

Published:Friday | February 18, 2011 | 2:00 AM
Tami Chynn and Tessanne Chin perform together during Digicel's first public showing of their 4G network last year at the Hope Botanical Gardens. - Contributed

Tami Chynn and her singer-songwriter sibling, Tessanne, will perform live at Studio 38 tonight. The Pulse Fashion Fix, featuring the last nine contestants standing in the current Pulse Model Search Petite Reality TV show, will also be presented.

The Pulse Fashion Fix will start at 9 p.m.

At age 14, Tami, who grew up in Kingston, moved to Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom, where she spent three years studying the performing arts, and in 2001, at age 17, she moved back to Jamaica, where she worked on her music career and recorded her first single, Rock U. Before pursuing music, Tami toured with reggae star Shaggy as a backup dancer on his Caught Red Handed Tour.

In early 2005, she travelled to Los Angeles, California, United States (US) to perform for Universal Motown Records, and in May she was signed to the major label, at age 24.

Before releasing her debut album in the US, she appeared in recordings with international reggae stars Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Sean Paul.

In 2007, her song Over and Over appeared on the compilations Biggest One Drop Anthems 2007 and Strictly The Best Vol. 38.

Signed to konvict

In 2008, Tami received notice by artiste Akon, who signed her to his Konvict Muzik label and began production of her sophomore album Prima Donna.

The lead single for the album, Frozen (featuring Akon), was released in 2008. In March, she toured the UK with Akon and both performed Frozen on BBC.

In 2008, she starred in a Pepsi commercial alongside Verne Troyer, T Pain and Shaggy.

During October 2008 she opened for New Kids on the Block on their New Kids on the Block tour alongside Lady GaGa, Natasha Bedingfield and Colby O'Donis. She also appeared in the video I'm So Paid by Akon.

Tami's sister, Tessanne, is best known for her hit singles Hideaway and Messenger.

Opening act

She has already opened for famous acts such as Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson and Gladys Knight, and toured for three years with Jimmy Cliff.

Tessanne started performing when she was six years old with Cathy Levy's Little People and Teen Players club. Tessanne learned first hand about cultural diversity when she moved to England at age 12. She coped with the move by devoting a lot of time to writing songs.

Upon her return to Jamaica, Tessanne joined the Jamaican Rock Band, Mile High, and performed for crowds at numerous local venues, including Jazzfest, Rockfest, and RETV Unplugged. Their style - rock reggae - was unique. After going on tour for three years with Jimmy Cliff as a backup singer, she decided to launch her solo career. Her debut single, Hideaway, received heavy rotation on Jamaican radio and select stations in New York. Both the single and its music video were very popular.

She has performed at several live shows, including the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2006, the Port Royal Music Festival, ABC Slim Traxx and her very own show, 'Arabian Night'.

Last December, Tessanne released her debut album, titled In Between Words.