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  • The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP has congratulated Tessanne Chin on winning the American television entertainment competition ‘The Voice’.
  • The Minister congratulated the members of Tessanne’s team including her family and her coach, Adam Levine.
  • She also thanked, especially, Jamaicans living in the United States and members of the Caribbean Diaspora with whom she worked in mobilising support for the singer.

The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, MP has congratulated Tessanne Chin on winning the American television entertainment competition ‘The Voice’.

The Jamaican singer was announced as the winner of the competition on Tuesday, December 17, following weeks of performances and eliminations based on voting by audiences across the United States through email, text messaging, phone calls and the purchase of music recorded for the programme.

Minister Hanna said:

“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.”

The Minister congratulated the members of Tessanne’s team including her family and her coach, Adam Levine. She also thanked, especially, Jamaicans living in the United States and members of the Caribbean Diaspora with whom she worked in mobilising support for the singer.

Minister Hanna said:

“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.”