|Birth name||Tessanne Amanda Chin|
September 20, 1985 |
|Years active||2006 â€“ present|
|Labels||Republic Records, Universal Music Group, Justice League Music Group|
|Associated acts||Jimmy Cliff, Shaggy, Adam Levine, Tami Chynn|
Till this day, people stop me in the supermarket, and they're like, 'Oh, we're so proud of you!'
Music for me is not just being on a stage and singing. It's my coping mechanism.
I think on stage there's a side of me that comes out that's very fierce and confident.
I think a part of being successful or trying to be successful is staying true to who you are. Be genuine.
I think a lot of my dreams have come true, and my next dream is to have a No. 1 selling album. A Grammy-award-winning album.
Own the stage, command the stage, and don't be afraid to be the best you can be.
It's lovely to be recognized in your own country, but I feel that there's more.
I want to make the music that people remember, and it doesn't need a trend; it doesn't need to be constantly hyped. There's no time period for it. That's the type of music I want to make.
I do have very solid reggae roots based on the fact that I'm Jamaican, and so that is a part of myself; even if I never do all reggae, it has to come out in some way because that's who I am.
I think anything I do will have an island feel, but I don't want it to be just that; I don't want to be put in a box.
I get extremely nervous before performances. I pray and try to look at it as, 'I'll go out there and have fun,' but it's very nerve-wracking for me. I don't think that will ever change.
When you talk about me having a favorite singer, it's Celine. She is not only one of the most amazing singers, but she is just an amazing person.
I think when you are a cool guy but also a hot guy, that makes you even more sexy.
Being born in Jamaica, race was never an issue. It was always about the type of person I wanted to be, not the colour of my skin.
My mom always said if you have a gift, it is absolutely not about you. So I don't get twisted and think for one second it's all about me.
I want to make an album with just great beats and big vocals and just amazing lyrics.
I can work my butt off and create an album that's wonderful, but if it's never played and never given the outlet, it won't succeed.