- 12:10 PM, Aug 17
Tessanne Chin came from a musical family. Born September 23, 1985 in Kingston, Jamaica, she was introduced to music at the very early age. Her mother played trumpet and her father played drums in a band called The Carnations, while her older sister Tami Chynn was a singer. The family has a recording studio at their home in Jamaica.
She started performing at 6 with Cathy Levy's "Little People and Teen Players Club", one of Jamaica's top performing arts schools. She then moved to England when she was 12. Upon her return back home, she joined Jamaican rock band Miles High and eventually went on a tour for three years with Jimmy Cliff.
After leaving her band, she pursued a solo career and began working on her debut album. She performed in a number of Jamaican music festivals and collaborated with a bunch of Jamaican artists. She also worked with Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson and Gladys Knight. Finally, on December 6, 2010, her first album "In Between Words" was released for digital download.
In September 2013, Chin auditioned for "The Voice" season 5. In the blind audition, she delivered a strong cover of Pink's "Try". All four judges Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton turned their chairs vying to be her mentor, but she eventually chose Levine.
She continued to wow the judges so much that she was saved twice by her mentor in the battle and knockout rounds. From then on, she advanced to the next rounds by public vote. Her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "Bridge over Troubled Water" for the Semifinal Round hit #1 on the iTunes chart.
It made her the first contestant to achieve the top chart position at the end of an applicable voting window that season. On top that, it charted at No. 64 on Hot 100 and No. 14 on Digital Songs chart. Most importantly, it advanced her to the next round.
In the finale, Chin faced off fellow team mate Will Champlin and Christina Aguilera's protege Jacquie Lee. She performed Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" and once again ruled the iTunes chart. She ultimately became the first contestant that season to achieve the top chart position twice.
She also collaborated with the Maroon 5 vocalist in a rendition of The Beatles' classic "Let It Be" and sang her audition song "Try" once again. She finished first, while