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Tributes flow in for Tessanne Chin

Thursday, December 19, 2013    

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A flood of tributes has poured in following Tessanne Chin's historic victory in Tuesday night's finals of the NBC talent show The Voice.

Below are some of the congratulations sent out to Chin:

YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD, TESSANNE — PM

"By being 'The Voice' you have joined the ranks of a long list of outstanding Jamaican achievers who have held the flag high internationally and confirmed to the world that we are a nation of world beaters on the world stage. You have been a fine ambassador for Jamaica during this gruelling competition and your voice, your victory, will now serve to set the new standard for others to follow. We in Jamaica tonight feel a special pride that you are one of us and we look forward to celebrating with you in a larger and appropriate way on your return to the island.

"I am aware of the significant role Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora have played in helping you to achieve this signal honour with their love, support, affection and encouragement. This only goes to show what, as a people, Jamaicans can achieve when we put our hands and hearts together and pull together."

INVEST IN LOCAL TALENT — HOLNESS

"Those of us who follow music have been watching Tessanne grow for years and are not surprised that she has been able to reach this level. Her humility and grace are examples to all Jamaicans, and her victory is yet another symbol of the great potential we hold within us as a people. Tessanne has flown the Jamaica flag high and her success should spur us as a nation to invest in the talent and potential of our future stars. We need to revamp the music and arts departments in our schools. We also need to facilitate more opportunities for our young artistes and artists to develop their talent," said Holness, who also called for a culture fund to be set up by the Government.

"There is the example of France, which has invested heavily in the development of its film and music industry through government efforts. Artistes and artists in France can seek government funding for film, music and arts projects which promote the French culture. Jamaica needs such a programme and we need it now."

WE ARE ALL HAPPY FOR HER SUCCESS — HANNA

"Tessanne was the best voice and performer on the programme. I speak on behalf of the country when I say that we are all happy for her success. I am very pleased that so many more people across the world did get, and will get, to see what we already knew -- that Tessanne is an amazing singer who enchants her audiences with not only with her beautiful voice, but with Jamaican grace and charm as well. She is an excellent role model and outstanding representative of Jamaican culture," said Culture Minister Lisa Hanna.

Hanna also congratulated the members of Tessanne's team, including her family and her coach Adam Levine, as well as Jamaicans living in the United States and members of the Caribbean diaspora with whom she worked in mobilising support for the singer.

"The ministry was talking with and working with Tessanne from the start. I told her that I believed she would win and that we would help to mobilise support for her in the diaspora. We used social media to reach out to the diaspora through our youth activists. I went on a media blitz on Caribbean radio across the Tri-State area, as well as in Georgia and Florida, trying to get the votes. We were also able to get the support of a businessman to donate so that each Monday, after the show, we could give at least 200 people Tessanne recordings through iTunes, which counted towards her votes. And then there were many Jamaicans in the US who not only voted, but encouraged their family, friends, neighbours, co-workers and bosses to support Tessanne, like many of us on the island have done. It all goes to show what we can achieve when Jamaicans rally around a common cause," Hanna said.

TESSANNE IS A WINNER ALL THE WAY — GRANGE

Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Sports, Culture, Entertainment and Gender Affairs Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said that Tessanne Chin's admirable performance over the past weeks of competition is worthy of special commendation and has made Jamaica proud.

"Jamaicans at home and abroad are singing Tessanne's praises at this time as she has not only showcased our country in a positive way, but has highlighted and reflected the tremendous talent, tenacity and determination with which Jamaicans are associated," she said.

Grange said that as minister with responsibility for entertainment and culture in the previous government, she embraced the promise Chin showed and has always been confident that she is poised for extra-ordinary achievement; and it was for this reason that she was delighted to have had Chin along with a group of entertainers on a 24-city tour across Japan in 2011.

"I knew she was destined for greatness. Tessanne has captured the heart and imagination of not just the Jamaican and American audience, but the world at large. She distinguished herself as Jamaica's standard bearer in the competition and, in so doing, has added significant value to our local music fraternity as well as the global entertainment landscape. With her range of song selections and tremendous performances, Tessanne has brought Jamaica considerable joy and international acclaim. She did us proud by showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of Jamaican culture and music," Grange added.

AN EXCEPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, SAYS JAMPRO

"The board and staff of JAMPRO join a grateful and proud nation in thanking God for the talent and victory of Tessanne Chin.

"Tessanne Chin's triumph in being selected as 'The Voice' for 2013 is an exceptional international achievement that throws into extremely sharp focus the almost limitless dividends that investing in the creative industries can pay in the national effort to create wealth.

"Once again, amidst the considerable challenges that beset us, a gifted artiste has given us renewed hope that as a nation, we can overcome those challenges; renewed faith that as a people, we can beat the odds; and renewed conviction that our combined talent can earn for us robust economic growth. As 'brawta', Tessanne has also given us a unifying joy as together as one people at home and abroad, we celebrate the spectacular emergence of yet another world-beating performer from the small but prolific talent pool which is Jamaica.

"Yet, it is not only the victory but also the manner in which it was achieved which we regard as exemplary, especially for our youth. Tessanne's victory was achieved with ambassadorial poise and urbanity. What a Christmas gift to a nation family from a wonderfully talented daughter.

"Our congratulations to Tessanne Chin on her marvellous achievement."

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