Jamaica’s reggae-fusion songstress Tessanne Chin, who won season five of NBC’s hit singing contest The Voice in December, is expected to bring her inimitable style to the tri-state area when she headlines the inaugural Oracabessa Festival, A Celebration Of Caribbean Culture, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Memorial Day, May 26.
The 28-year-old powerhouse vocalist will be joined on stage by other A-list Caribbean entertainers including Konshens, Beenie Man and Assassin.
The reigning Voice winner’s New York performance is expected to draw major support from her Caribbean fan base as well as attract mainstream attention, according to a news release from Irie Jam radio.
Chin, who was a Voice frontrunner from the time she turned all four coaches’ chairs with her blind audition to the sound of Pink’s hit song "Try," recently inked a deal with one of the world’s largest talent agencies ICM Partners, and will release her self-titled album later this year.
The Tumbling Down singer has made several appearances in North America since her debut on The Voice in September.
She was interviewed by Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show shortly after her big win, going on to appear on the Kathie Lee & Hoda show, Live with Kelly & Michael, New York Live, and Access Hollywood. She was back on NBC at New Year’s for an appearance at the California Rose Bowl.
On March 6, Chin made what was arguably her most prestigious appearance as a special guest of US President Barack Obama and the First Lady at the White House: Women of Soul concert where she performed the Donna Summer hit Last Dance.
The programme, which will be broadcast by PBS on April 7, also featured performances by Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.
On March 29, Chin will be presented with a Luminary Award at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Fifth Annual Toronto Benefit Gala.
The Hideaway singer will return to Toronto on May 17 for a concert at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts with her Bread & Butter Band.