“To this day, I knew I wanted to join “The Voice” because I wanted to further my career and have that incredible opportunity but I never thought it would be that big deal for my people,” Chin says. “They have completely embraced me and embraced the whole thing. They were such a big support for me when I was over there, rallying everybody – every family member, every friend that they had in the U.S. – to vote and having these huge viewing parties. Coming home was a breathtaking experience. I never thought in a million years.” Shaggy, who will join Ice Cube, George Clinton, Heads of State and more on the 2014 Fantastic Voyage, remains a mentor to Chin.
“He’s kind of my mentor before everything, like real life, in Jamaica. He’s always been there for me, always worked with me, was always rooting for me, and was always rooting for me to get further. He was like, ‘Tess, you know I think there is this wicked opportunity for you to have this awesome launch inside of this platform.’ Naturally, I was very scared. I had a career in Jamaica, but it kind of hit the ceiling. I knew I wanted an international career so I have to big up Shaggy for suggesting it.”
Chin’s as yet untitled release is out on March 25th. Her cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” which went to #1 on iTunes is for sale now, as well as her duet with Levine, a cover of the Beatles “Let it Be.”