By Meisha Perrin
Jamaica’s Voice, Tessanne Chin, is scheduled to perform tonight at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” series.
Chin was invited by The First Lady to perform in the series, which will be broadcast live tonight, March 6, on the White House’s website, and again on Monday at 9 p.m. on PBS stations across the US.
At a later date, the White House press release said, it will be broadcast via the American Forces Network to US servicemen and women and civilians at Department of Defence locations around the world.
The event will also feature a line-up of American music legends including Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director, the White House Office of the First Lady announced in a news release. According to the release, the artists will perform songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women.
And it will be another first in the history of Jamaican and American music.
Chin was the first Jamaican to win NBC singing contest The Voice in December of last year and went back to Jamaica shortly after claiming the title to a grand welcome from the local media and people. She has since released a single called Tumbling Down, which she first sang after her victory, and performed at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, and at the charity concert Shaggy and Friends before a large crowd in Kingston, Jamaica.
Still, this series will give Chin even wider exposure than she received from the show and previous performances.
It will be the 12th show during President Barack Obama’s administration. Previous shows have honoured Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King, and have also celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month as well as Black History Month with events featuring the music of Motown, Memphis Soul, the blues, and from the civil rights movement.