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Jamaican Tessanne Chin Makes History For The Caribbean
Chin, l, performing with legendary singer, Celine Dion on Dec. 17, 2013. (NBC TV image)
Story Credit : News Americas
News Americas, Los Angeles, CA, Weds. Dec. 18, 2013
It was one for the Caribbean history books Tuesday night as for the first time in the history of NBC reality music show, The Voice, a Caribbean national took home the win and with it claimed a recording contract with Universal Music Group, a KIA car and US$100,000.
Tessanne Chin may be Jamaican but the entire Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora were crying with pride, much as she was Tuesday night, when she was announced as the winner of Season Five of the competition, after three months of grueling competition.
Wearing a stunning black and sequined gown for the final announcement, the Kingston resident who has now become a world-wide phenom, seemed visibly nervous and then shocked as Voice host Carson Daly announced she was the winner and her mother and husband rushed in to hug her amidst fireworks.
Proud coach Adam Levine beamed from ear to ear as he delivered the winner’s trophy on bended knees to Chin, who moments earlier had thanked him for his support as a coach and for being a shoulder to cry on.
“It’s been nothing but a joy to work with you,” she told her mentor moments before learning about her win. “You’ve been a shoulder to cry on, you’ve been a friend, you’ve been invested, you’ve been true. I love you, I trust you.”
It was only the second win for Levine in the history of the five-year show, after losing to Team Blake Shelton for the past three years.
Chin, who made the phrase “bread and butta” popular, was then forced to swallow her emotions and deliver the song that will become her first U.S. single live – “Tumbling Down” by Ryan Tedder of One Republic.
Her win sent her Caribbean fans into frenzy on Facebook and Twitter. For months, the Jamaican Diaspora had voted and organized for her and last night marked the culmination of an intense campaign for one of their own.
In Jamaica, hundreds gathered in Half Way Tree to celebrate even through they could not vote in the competition, while on Twitter, top Jamaican singers and the world’s fastest man, were among those quick to offer up congratulations.
The man whom Chin once sang back-up vocals for, Sir Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Cliff tweeted: “Like I said long time ago Tessanne Chin is THE VOICE! Congratulations #Tessanne, #thevoice, #jamaica.”
Dancehall’s Sean Paul via Instragram posted: “CONGRATS 2 U TESSY U DESERVE ALL THE SHINE!!! WE R SO PROUD OF U!!! MAANY BLESSING!!!” while Hip Hop star Sean Kingston added: “Big up The Beautiful @Tessanne Wish u much success!!!!… you are killin it.. And Def Deserve it.. Thanks for making JAMAICA PROUD!”
The man who encouraged Chin to audition, Grammy-winning singer, Shaggy, tweeted: “#TEAMTESSANNE@THEBESTESS@NBCTHEVOICE, #HALFWAYTREEKIMGSTONJAMAICA TUN UP!!!”
While the world’s fastest man, Usain St. Leo Bolt, extended congrats to Chin before adding: “All we Jamaican do is win, win, win, win, no matter what.”
The win for Chin came following a phenomenal duet performance with legendary singer, Celine Dion earlier in the night as the show’s producers rolled out an evening of top entertainment with some of music’s top artists.
Chin looked right at home next to Dion, whom she had opened for before at Jamaica Jazz & Blues, as they sang ‘Love Can Move Mountains.’
The second place winner was Jacquie Lee from Team Christina Aguilera while Will Champlin of Team Adam was third.
The finale performance included not only Dion, but also Neyo, One Republic, Alloe Black (with Will Champlin), Paramore (with Jacquie) and Lady Gaga, who teamed up with Aguilera for the night’s final performance. The top 20 contestants of The Voice season five were also reunited on the show.
And so marked an end to a great Season Five, with Season Six set to return in February 24 at 8 ET/PT with coaches Shakira and Usher along with Shelton and Levine.
NY PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES 30th ANNIVERSARY of “STING”
By: Roland Hyde Writer / Photographer
L-R: Sophia Bernard-Fairman (Group Brand Manager, J.Wray&Nephew), Josef Bogdanovich (CEO, Downsound Records), Isaiah Laing (CEO, Supreme Promotions Ltd), Kiprich (Dancehall/Reggae Artist), Howard “Big Mac” McIntosh and Junior “Heavy D” Fraser (Supreme Promotions directors) .
NY PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES 30th ANNIVERSARY of “STING” New York, November 19, 2013: DownSound Records CEO Josef Bogdonovich, Supreme Promotions CEO and Founder of “STING” Isaiah Laing held a stellar red carpet Party and Press conference at the Griffin nightclub in New York City to announce the 30th Anniversary celebration of “STING” Live on PPV and Internet streaming across the globe. STING, the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth, celebrates 30 years of live entertainment. Promoters DownSound Records and Supreme Promotions are taking the celebration across the globe by offering the STING 30th a Pay-Per-View format. For the first time in its 30 year history, Sting will reach fans on a global scale by LIVE-streaming across 8 different countries. This opportunity allows an international audience that includes Australia, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Jamaica, and other regions of the Caribbean to experience a live event filled with culture and authentic entertainment. Sting’s Live Reggae & Dancehall entertainment platform will have the tools to expand access, improve viewing experience and deliver Reggae’s most exciting artists, driving greater attendance and more value to fans of Reggae music. Hosted by Supreme Promotions & DownSound Records, this year’s headliners include Hip-Hop artist 2Chains and the legendary Super Cat. Sting will also showcase artists Romain Virgo, Elephant Man, Mavado, Lady Saw, Ninjaman, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Tommy Lee Sparta, Nature and many more. “Bring the Sting” will take place in Portmore, Jamaica, and will be beamed live on PPV on cable and satellite in North America. The event will be in High Definition and will be distributed live on Pay Per View by MultiVision Media, Inc. on Saturday, December 26 at 12 midnight ET/9:00 PM PT. The suggested retail price of the four-hour broadcast will be $29.95. The event will also be streamed live on the internet across the globe for the entire 8 hours of the concert. The price for the eight-hour streaming internet broadcast is $39.95 (early bird pricing $34.95). For the past 30 years “STING” has broadcast the pulse of Jamaica while linking corporate Jamaica and the U.S. for music. Over the past three decades STING has featured many notable artists, such as Biggie Small, DMX, Kris Kross, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, and Fat Boyz. Kiki Haynes, star of Tyler Perry’s “For Better Or For Worse” gave a brief history of Sting while Sting’s Founder, Isiah Laing, used the opportunity to announce the upcoming launch of his autobiography entitled “Point Blank Range” which is inspired by his career as a notorious “Bad Bwoy Police.” Kiprich, who won the Sting clash (battle) last year promised to “Bring The Sting” with more fire and invited everyone worldwide to catch the action on Pay-Per-View or come to Jamaica for the concert. Sting has earned the endorsement of the Jamaica Tourist Board. Speaking at the event, their representatives, Marcia Sinclair and Ruth West, expressed national pride and excitement for the quality and magnitude of the Sting production and marketing to the world. Sting also welcomed first time sponsor, Magnum by J.Wray & Nephew, represented by Sophia Bernard-Fairman who advised fans to “Make sure you drink up nuff Magnum at Sting.” The launch party was hosted by Grammy-Nominated Singer Melky Jean, sister to Wyclef Jean, and co-hosted by Howard “Big Mac” McIntosh and Junior “Heavy D” Fraser, Co-Executives at Supreme Promotions Ltd. Other celebrities in the house include Mark Mendelson (Chairman, All Oceans Interactive Media), Dan Rush (President, All Oceans Interactive Media), Beniton the Menace, Empire Isis, Carisse Mills (Opera Singer}, British Dependency (pop/jazz/reggae group from Anguilla) Actress Felicia Parson a/k/a Snoop from The Wire, Bobby Konders and Jabba, Bobby Clarke and fiancee Syn Dawkins, Louis Grant (Irie Jam), DJ Fuji Slim, Rob Kenner (BoomShots.com), Diva NikkiZ, Kay Foxx (1035 The Beat Miami), Diva Madonna (GlamSenseDivas.com), Marie “Driven” Theodore (Managing Director, Play Book Media Group, Publicist for Sting Launch), Supermodel Rocky Hes, Gemma Feare (Miss Jamaica UK), Victor Lewis (CEO, VicRae Inc., Creative Director, Triple The Focus Magazine) Dexter Blake (Producer, Linkage Awards), Earlton Clarke (Coco King), Pat Meschino (Journalist, Billboard Magazine), Patrick Maitland (Publisher, Street Hype newspaper), Shawn Walsh & WhatsUpTV crew, Nigel Reynolds (Producer, Dancehall Connections/Dancehall 360 Degrees, Lady Merms (Guest TV Host), Tiffany (Host, In The Building TV) and Author Garmen K. Colon. Fans were also entertained by sizzling hot bikini-clad models and dancers wearing knitted swimwear by Stacey Angela. On the subject of event security, the promoters issued this statement: “Security, an important aspect of STING, is always emphasized to guarantee a safe and comfortable environment in which to enjoy good music, and most importantly, great performances. Supreme has it locked. Our head of security is former police detective Frania Smith. The ex-cop is a private investigator and a director of Remington Security Ltd. Our extensive security team this year is an amalgamation private security and police. In 29 years of staging, Sting has brought over a million patrons into venues and put over 500 artistes on stage in a safe environment. Sting 2013 security has been intensified as we do everything to ensure the safety and comfort of the patrons. There will be constant patrolling of the routes to the venue, the Dyke Road in particular, to ensure safe passage.
Radio Personality Kay Foxx of 1035 The Beat Miami (l) and Melky Jean, the Grammy-Nominated artiste with the hit song “Better” (CARE for Haiti) at Sting press conference at Griffin club in Manhattan, New York.
Kiki Haynes, star of Tyler Perry’s “For Better Or For Worse” giving a brief history of Sting at the New York press conference to launch the 30th Anniversary of Sting.
Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records, Isaiah Laing, Sting Founder and CEO of Supreme Promotions Ltd., and Junior “Heavy D” Fraser of the Supreme Team, announcing the 30th Anniversary concert to be held in Jamaica on December 26, 2913.Read More
Caribbean Fever Music Festival is the premier celebration of Caribbean cultures, fashion and music. Presented in partnership with Irie Jamboree, the Caribbean Fever Music Festival is a three-day live event taking place during Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1 at Barclays Center.
The music festival will feature big-name performers and bring together thousands of concert goers, music press and supporters from across the United States and around the world.
Here is a breakdown of each night at the Caribbean Fever Music Festival:
•Friday, August 30 is International Night featuring Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Djakout #1, Tabou Combo and more!
•Saturday, August 31 is Carnival Mania Night featuring Super Blue, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood, Iwer George, Alison Hinds, Talpree and more!
•Sunday, September 1 is Irie Jamboree Night featuring Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Shabba Ranks, I-Octane, Lady Saw and more!
Tickets can be purchased for the entire Caribbean Fever Music Festival or for each night separately. For information on individual suites call 718.BK.SUITE (718.257.8483) to set up an appointment to meet with a suite representative.
•Fri, Aug 30, 2013 8 PM
•Sat, Aug 31, 2013 8 PM
•Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8 PM
By: Hope Wilkos, Writer/Blogger
It’s going to be some kind of summer in New York City. The sun is up and the flowers are blooming brightly. It is time to get outdoors and head out to ‘Groovin In The Park’ set to take place on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. We remember the event launch as it took place at the Consulate General of Jamaica in Manhattan, The Legendary Reggae Icon, Toots Hibbert was in attendance and promise no one will be sitting down when he hits the stage June 30, 2013 at Groovin In The Park. Pure Fame Media Reporter Paul Wayne was among the attendees and had a quick chat with the Reggae Icon.
The reggae icon and Grammy winner also made an unexpected donation of US$5,000 to the VHFF. The Vincent HoSang Foundation (VHFF), a non for profit, US based origination that helps the less fortunate and provides scholarship and charitable assist for individuals and organizations in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora is in a much better position today to execute its mandate. Vincent HoSang, CEO of Caribbean Food Delights & VHFF and Sabrina HoSang, COO, Caribbean Food Delights and daughter of Vincent HoSang were also in attendance and thanked veteran singer Toots Hibbert for his generous donation .
During the launch, event promoter and executive producer for Groovin In The Park, Chris Roberts, revealed that part proceeds from this year’s concert will benefit the VHFF. He said he was passionate about giving back to the Jamaican community and that one of the ways he wanted to make a difference was through supporting the vigorous efforts of Mr. Hosang to purchase the two linear accelerators.
Roberts disclosed that his organization started looking at ways to give back to the community from as early as last year and that his team fine-tuned the concept of partnering with the VHFF for this year’s concert. Roberts shared a few touching anecdotes of his own family struggles with cancer.
To herald in the 2013 event, Pure Fame Media reporter, Sharon Smith, was among various media groups invited , by Christopher Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin Inc. to break bread in his newly renovated and elegantly decorated “The Door Restaurant” in Jamaica, Queens.
The excitement is building as information was disclosed on the upcoming concert sure to attract an even larger audience this year.
In past years, this rousing event has brought us stars such as Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Beenie Man, Boyz 11 Men, Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds, Tarrus Riley, Machel Montano, Gladys Knight and others. This is the third year that the event sizzles with sounds of Reggae and Rhythm and Blues. The lineup is once again spectacular. R&B icon, Patti Labelle and Reggae crooner, Sanchez, top the lineup of talented artists.
Patti Labelle surpasses most artists for the length of time that she has impressed the industry. Labelle has sold over 50 million albums and has a long list of awards to her name. She has shaped the genre of R&B with two Grammy Awards for her R&B contributions and she has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well as ‘The Hollywood Walk of Fame.’ We have seen Patti as a TV host, an author and even as a celebrity chef. This woman of many talents is best known for her smash hit ‘Lady Marmalade’ which will go down in musical history along with ‘If Only You Knew’. Fans will come out in record numbers to celebrate what R&B is all about. We all remember her magical performance at the 2006 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival where she rocked the house and we know we can expect more of the same next month.
Sanchez attracts an audience that spans the generations. His powerful and magnetic sound keeps fans coming back for more. Reggae Sunsplash in 1988 put him on the map and his iconic single called ‘Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone’ (a remake of a Jermaine Jackson hit) catapulted his musical career. He has put out over 30 albums with hits like ‘One In A Million’, ‘Frenzy’ and ‘A Change is Gonna Come.’
Other great acts joining these headliners will be veteran reggae icon, Toots Hibbert, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank), a rare performance by modern day Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica, Barrington Levy, and Coco Tea.
This promises to be an electrifying event that will get the fans movin’ and groovin’ to the best artists of Reggae and Rhythm and Blues.
In the words of Christopher Roberts, “We are absolutely thrilled to have superlative icons Miss Labelle and Sanchez on Groovin In The Park this year.“ “Each year we go after the best available talent to satisfy our very demanding New York City music lovers and although this addition has just been made, we are already receiving waves of tremendously positive feedback”, he continued.
Tickets are now available online and in select locations in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island and New Jersey. Go to www.groovininthepark.com for all information. It will be a real treat to get you up and on your feet.
A big Thank You to the Sponsors
PHOTO CREDITS: Groovin In The Park website, Sharon Smith,Read More