Tessanne Chin Opens Up About Her Career

Tessanne Chin, Jamaican songstress and winner of American televised talent show The Voice in 2013, has opened up about her feelings about the direction her career took following that historic win.

Speaking on Yendi Phillipps’ YouTube programme Odyssey With Yendi, released on Sunday, Chin shared what felt like “a massive, big disappointment” at not living up to the expectations of herself and others after copping what many saw as the opportunity of a lifetime and the chance to live out her childhood dreams.

“I had a hard time looking back at things to do with The Voice for a very long time. I would not watch it, I would not watch my season. I think it was connected to everything that happened after The Voice… which was not what everyone expected and not what I expected. I felt like an absolute failure and it was something that I had to reckon with.”

Q&A: Tessanne Chin - Las Vegas MagazineChin shot to local stardom with her runaway hit Hideaway in 2006. On the suggestion of Grammy-winning, diamond-selling recording artiste Shaggy, she auditioned for The Voice, was mentored by rocker and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and won the competition.

Additional appearances on major media outlets following the win, Chin performed for US President Barack Obama at the White House; at the Daytime Emmy Awards; and at the Rose Parade in the United States. However, her album Count On My Love, released in 2014, did not register impressive sales figures.

TV champ Tessanne Chin brings powerful voice to Duluth | Duluth News TribuneDuring the interview, she noted that she has been able to close that chapter in her life which also included the break-up of her marriage to broadcaster Michael Cuffe Jr. Seven years on, she is remarried and gave birth to her first child, a daughter, earlier this year.

However, she explained that the pressure was immense.

“When you know that you are doing your absolute best to make things happen, but you may not necessarily have the support… I don’t like to put blame. From I know I can do everything in my power to make something a success or whatever, then I am at peace with it. There is nothing that we could have done differently, nothing that we would’ve done differently because it has all brought me here. But, it was just a lot of expectation and a lot of pressure. My biggest critic is myself. So if people were doing that, can you imagine what I was doing to me in terms of what I expected? It got to a point where I was just like ‘stop, just stop everything, stop’. I had to retreat.”

During this retreat, Chin shared that she lived up to contractual obligations in terms of shows; however, the experience had taken a toll on her.

“I couldn’t even think about writing. I couldn’t even think about singing in the same way. I was singing from a completely different place. I was so disconnected from all of it and it just became something I had to do. So it was trying to figure out… I’m really great at this, I believe it is my calling, but what if this is not what I want to do anymore, and reckoning with that too, ’cause that is like the scariest thing in the world. It’s all I’ve known, it’s all I’ve ever wanted and it’s what I’m gifted at,” said Chin.

Tessanne Chin PICTURES, LYRICS, PHOTOS, CHORDSShe credits pregnancy and the birth of her daughter for being the healing factor and what has brought her back to her music.

“There were a lot of things during pregnancy that were laid open and had to surface in some way. These babies come into your life and they break you, but they heal you in a weird way. I believe that she came into my life at a point where I was just like ‘okay’. For the first time in my life I want to write, I want to sing again, I want to be on stage again. It makes me cry because I was the farthest thing from that. I give God thanks because it reminds me that we are here in service and singing is not about us, and the moment we make it about us is the moment we’ve lost the plot,” she added.

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