Count on My Love

I have been a fan of Tessanne Chin since I was 20 (I'm 28 now). Her first single Hideaway was released in 2006, and I have been hooked ever since. Not only is she beautiful, she has some power house vocals and a stage presence that blows me away. I can go on and on about her career, but that's what Google is for.

I must admit, I am not a fan of reality show competitions. I was hooked on Dancing with the Stars until Mel B. (a Spice Girl) lost to a race car driver, then Maya lost to Donnie Osmond. I haven't watched since, and I refuse to watch ever again. I was also hooked on American Idol, but after Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Burrino won I never watched it again. No need to.

Now, on to The Voice. I have never been interested in the show because I was getting saturated with reality show competitions. I listen to IrieJam Radio every morning here in New York City and DJ Roy mentioned that Tessanne would be a contestant on The Voice. With the strong numbers in the Caribbean community here in the tri-state area, we were already gearing up for her appearance on the upcoming season. I tuned in every week like clockwork. I voted as much as I could; through text,, and phone calls. I didn't want her to get locked in to a reggae box, so when she sang Bridge Over Troubled Water, I knew she had it in the bag.

The night she won, I watched with my mother and laid out on the living room floor and screamed and cried for joy. At Half Way Tree in Kingston Jamaica there were thousands of people screaming and cheering for her win. I just could not be happier for her, I'm still glowing and it wasn't even me. So when her album Count on My Love was released last week, I had to purchase it.

Her album features 10 songs, the first of which was released upon her win of The Voice. I listened to the full album two days ago and I must say I do love it. Each song has a cool rock steady vibe where she doesn't lose her Jamaican-ness even though some songs are ballads. My favorite songs on the album are Always Tomorrow, Lifeline, and Loudest Silence. Each song has catchy lyrics that will strike a cord in every listener.

Do yourself a favor and purchase her album through iTunes or the classic CD at Best Buy, you'll be glad you did.

Nichole Naomi

Nichole Naomi

I am a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised, very proud Jamaican American. I am a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies. I am also the CEO of Baseline Cosmetics, where make up meets music.

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