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Before They Were Stars with Tami Chynn

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

tami_chynn_before_were_stars_outaroad_feature.jpgProminent Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Tami Chynn has already accomplished many accolades in her musical career and still is in her prime as an artiste. Before the world became familiar with this sexy songstress, Tami's roots within the Dancehall/Reggae framework had already been embedded.

Tami Chynn was born Tammar Anika Chin on June 14th 1983 in St. Andrew. Chynn was bred and raised in a multicultural background; to a Jamaican mother with British ancestry and a Chinese father with Cherokee ancestry. During her younger years whilst in St. Andrew, Chynn attended St. Peter & Paul Prep School before heading to Campion College.

However, it was at the tender age of 14 when Chynn decided to pursue her dream of becoming a musician by migrating to London, England. Encouraged by her parents, who were also musicians, Chynn spent three years in London; studying the performing arts and perfecting her abilities as a singer.

At the age of 17, Chynn returned to Jamaica looking to put what she learnt overseas to practice. She was recruited by legendary Dancehall/Reggae act, Shaggy as a dancer during his "Caught Red Handed" world tour in 2001. That experience gave Chynn confidence to pursue her music career and in 2003, under the moniker, Tami Chynn, she collaborated with fellow upcoming artiste, Kid Kurupt for the sultry single, "Rock U." The song and accompanying video showcased Tami's scintillating vocals and sex appeal to the masses; gaining acclaim locally.

The following year proved to be a major upgrade for Chynn; as she scored the internationally acclaimed hit single, "Hyperventilating" on the Stepz Riddim. The song and video once again showed Chynn's worth and by 2005, she had collaborated with prominent Dancehall deejays such as Beenie Man with "Advice," Lady Saw with "My Man Ain't Leaving" and Sean Paul with "All On Me," that was released on Sean's "The Trinity" album.

During 2005, Chynn scored another major hit as she partnered with Alliance singjay, Wayne Marshall for the single "Why," which was a sequel of Marshall's song, "Arguing." The song did well on several local and international charts; even sparking rumours that the two were in an off-screen relationship. Nevertheless, it elevated Chynn to greater heights, and after scoring another highly revered single, "Can You Feel Me," the singer signed a recording contract with legendary American label, Universal Motown Records. It was under the label, where she released her debut album, Out Of Many…One in August 2006.

In 2007, Chynn unveiled the video for another hit single, "Over & Over Again" that was one of the featured singles on the Guardian Angel Riddim as well as the VP Records produced, Strictly The Best (Volume 38).

2008 saw Chynn change labels as she linked up with African born hip-hop superstar, Akon who offered her a recording deal with his label, Konvict Musik. They began working together on Chynn's second album, "Prima Donna," while exploring possible collaborations. Later that year, the duo scored another a well-received single with "Frozen." The song elevated Tami's growing international status and landed her an endorsement deal with Pepsi. That year, Tami also released the single, "Watch Me Wine," featuring Dancehall group, Voicemail that also gained her clout within the Jamaican music industry.

However, Tami's "Prima Donna" album was later shelved after she cut ties with Universal Music Group in 2009. Despite the setback, Tami would continue to improve her stock; unveiling singles such as "To The Floor" and the pulsating love song, "Forever Your Girl" on the Good Love Riddim.

The feelings of love Chynn expressed in her music would soon play out in her personal life as it was announced in September 2009, that she had married the aforementioned, Wayne Marshall, in a private ceremony. The duo had been dating for quite some time and news of their marriage was heavily publicized; making them an instant power couple within the Dancehall/Reggae industry.

In 2010, Tami's musical successes were brought to the fore once again as she teamed with fellow female deejay, Tami Chynn for the hit single, "Certified Diva." The video for "Certified Diva," received constant airplay on local television; later earning 8 Youth View Awards nominations, amongst other accolades. She also released singles such as, "We Don't Mess" "This Must Be Love," and the sensually charged hit, "Neva Know" produced by Washroom Entertainment.

This year's seen Tami collaborate alongside sister and fellow Dancehall/Reggae songstress, Tessanne Chin for the single, "You & Me." Furthermore, Chynn released the Fresh Ear Records produced single, "The Way I Love You," this past spring. In addition to her personal musical successes, Chynn made several in the internationally acclaimed, Matrimoney Riddim Medley video which features her husband, Wayne Marshall's single, "Good Ole Wife," with Tami as the featured girl. She recently was a replacement judge on Season 8 of the popular talent show, Digicel Rising Stars; filling in for her sister, Tessanne who was away on tour in Japan.

Given Tami Chynn's lyrical versatility and consistency, her place as an internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar remains undeterred. With a third album in the works and several, non-musical honors to her credit, Tami Chynn's star will continue to shine bright for years to come.

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