A couple years ago I sat down with Tessanne Chin righ after she won the popular NBC TV show the Voice. I wrote the article below for the Caribbean Today Magazine. I decided to republish it again.


BY Jason Walker

Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin hugging my stepdaughhter Mahoro Amani during my interview with her

Tessanne Chin is one of the most amazing and powerful voices to not just come out of Jamaica, but come out of anywhere in a long time. In the early part of this century this daughter of two musicians and the younger sister of a popular artist in Jamaica had begun to build her career by singing backup for the legendary Jimmy Cliff and soon after began making her own music where she would make Rock laced Reggae songs which caught the fascination of the younger audiences throughout the Caribbean, however it was her voice that shone through that helped to take this Jamaican-Chinese songstress to the top of the  charts in the Caribbean. Songs like “Messenger” and “Hideaway” soon became favourites and anthems in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, this did not necessarily translate into financial success for the Jamaican artist who would win one of the most popular talent competition shows in the US. Tessanne also has a sister Tami Chin (AKA Tami Chynn) who was doing well for herself in Jamaica and internationally, even scoring a deal with the Universal record label.

Tessanne soon started working with international superstar and recording artist Shaggy where they did the duet “Never Let Me Go” but more importantly she would sing on the three very important choir like Shaggy orchestrated songs which involved major artists from throughout the Caribbean that spoke to major issues in the Caribbean such as helping save the lives of children at a Children’s hospital (“Save A Life”) and the earthquake in Haiti (“Rise Again”). The third choir-like (shall we say “We Are the World) type song was a celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, “On A Mission”. At this point Shaggy was managing Tessanne and he saw an opportunity to change the course of her career and not a moment too soon for she was just about ready to give up since she really did not see financial success yet. Shaggy arranged for her to be a contestant on NBC’s The Voice.

By now the world knows Tessanne became the most popular artist on the show because of her amazingly talented voice, her performances, her humility and the way she showed herself, her Jamaican culture and the consistent support of Jamaicans in Jamaica and the Diaspora. During the weekly run of the popular American talent competition she became America’s darling and a uniting cause and force for Jamaicans and those who love Jamaica worldwide. With the mobilized support of Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans Tessanne Chin became the first Jamaican to win any of these current American Talent competitions. Jason Walker caught up with her recently when she was helping Food For the Poor on a fundraiser Gala. Here is an excerpt of the conversation that ensued.

Jason Walker: Tell us about your vocal skills and your development.

Tessanne Chin: I just sang everyday to the point where it drove my family nuts until eventually my mom got the message, put me in Little People and Teen Players club (both in Jamaica) which is like a theatre based club then moving on and singing everyday she finally put me in proper training with Ms Lecie Wright who I credit to this day for giving me the grounds for proper technique and how to use your voice and how to protect your voice, I owe her a lot.

Jason: There was a time you spent in England, tell us about that and how that affected your development.

Tessanne: My mother’s mother is English, so half of my family is over there in terms of my mom’s side and actually my brother, sister and mom live there now, but we actually went to high school in England and my parents were separated at the time, so it was a very new ground for us and we were definitely culture shocked, cold shocked and every kind of shocked you can think. The first chance we got Tami (Chin) and I came back to Jamaica because it is our home and we knew we wanted to do music and we knew the type of music we wanted to do and from then Daddy always supported us, but even before England we grew up with musical parents so we always grew up around rehearsals and all dem tings, it was just a wonderful way to grow up.

Jason: What led you to start putting out the Rock Reggae fusion you were doing?

Tessanne: When you grow up in Jamaica you naturally hear your greats first, you hear your Bob’s, your Beres’, your Marcia Griffiths’, the Jimmy Cliffs, you hear your greats and that is wonderful because that is our blood but I grew up listening to that program called Fast Forward, where we would get radio programs from abroad and we would be listening to people like Boyz II Men and when I went to England I would listen to people like the Cranberries, Oasis, and Limp Bizkit, my horizon just got a little bid broader and that was the type of music that spoke to me then, I don’t know why but it did, it was something about it very raw, very true (pause) not pretentious; they weren’t trying to be pretty, they weren’t trying to be perfect, they were just singing about their emotions and what they felt and there is something about that rawness, very much like Reggae I could identify with.

Jason: When you made the Reggae Rock fusion song “Hideaway” a lot of people were confused about where to put the song, what did you think about that?

Tessanne: I think that is what was so beautiful about Hideaway and I think that is what is why to this day I love that song because it proves that music transcends barriers, it’s not about Reggae or Rock, it’s about good music and do you like it, it does not have to fit anywhere I think we get caught up about putting things in categories and where do I put this and if it does not sound like…. NAH! Music is music and that is the one thing about music you cannot pin it down!

Jason: Tell us about the Voice

Tessanne: (Shaggy) came to me with the whole opportunity about the voice and was like “I really think this would be a great platform for you to break out”. I was so afraid, I was so afraid to do it, because I did not know how America would receive me, I didn’t know if my Jamaicans would think I was turning my back on them, I didn’t know if I was ready for that, but I really had nothing to lose, I knew I wanted an international career, you know, so God bless Shaggy. There was a point where I definitely thought to myself: “Tess is either you are going to find another job, or you are going to be singing for the rest of your life”, whether I am in a hotel or on a cruise ship, at the Grammy’s or pon di Voice! That was the turning point for me as well, learning that I am here to sing, I do not know in what capacity but I know that is my calling and that is my gift and that is what I will be doing for the rest of my life, but I would be lying if I did not say that there were times I was like “yuh know sey a 9-5 a do it, yuh know sey a 9-5 mi a go get”.

Fortunately for us all 4 Judge chairs turned around at the auditions of the Voice.

Jason Walker is a freelance writer for Caribbean Today Magazine who has had an award winning journalism career that spans 20 years. He can be followed on twitter at www.twitter.com/jasonwalker_ or emailed at jasonarticle@gmail.com



Posted: 06/03/2016 in Uncategorized

This came from some devotions I was doing on the BIBLE app and Ligonoir website.

God’s Omnipotent Grace

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Because in the Old Testament many of the old covenant saints are depicted as wealthy (Gen. 13:2; Job 42:10–17), and since it often links prosperity with God-pleasing behavior (Ps. 1; Prov. 22:4), first-century Jews commonly believed that riches were a sign of righteousness. To have wealth, they thought, is to be favored by God, signifying that a person has a share in the kingdom of heaven.

To be sure, personal righteousness and wealth are sometimes directly linked. In a capitalistic society, honest businessmen often prosper because their trustworthiness encourages many others to do business with them. Knowing this to be generally true, the biblical wisdom literature links wealth and holiness. But Scripture does not say rich people are always righteous (James 5:1–6), and we can by no means link goodness with wealth in every case.

Yet our Savior’s disciples have bought into the assumption that the wealthy deserve the kingdom. This is seen in their response to Jesus’ teaching on the stumbling block of riches in salvation (Matt. 19:23–24). In today’s passage, the disciples are astonished at Christ’s words, wondering aloud how anyone can be saved (v. 25). In essence they are saying this: “But Jesus, if rich people cannot find the salvation they obviously deserve, what possible hope is there for the rest of us, who show that we are undeserving by our lack of money?”

Though He could do so, Christ does not question His followers’ unsubstantiated link between riches and salvation. Instead, He uses the opportunity to teach them about His Father’s grace. Some wealthy people never find salvation because, no matter how hard they try, they cannot stop worshiping their bank accounts. But though this is impossible with men, it is possible with God (v. 26). Some rich people like Abraham and David enter the kingdom, but only because the Lord, who can do all things, has intervened on their behalf, as He does for all the elect.

Matthew 19:26 deals mainly with the ability of God’s grace to rescue those in bondage to their wealth. In the light of the entire canon of Scripture, however, we realize that were it not for this sovereign grace, no person would be saved from the sin that has enslaved his soul (Eph. 2:8–10).

Coram Deo

James Boice writes: “The only way anyone will ever be saved is if God operates entirely apart from us and for his own good pleasure” (The Gospel According to Matthew, vol. 2, p. 410). We are tempted to look at our own efforts for our salvation and to believe that all “good people” will be saved, no matter their religious affiliation. It is therefore vital to constantly remind ourselves that none of us would love and serve God apart from His grace.

Passages for Further Study

Exodus 33:19
Jeremiah 31

Romans 3:21–31

2 Thess. 2:16–17


Posted: 28/12/2015 in Uncategorized


“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NIV
Facing Our Fears

FROM R.C. Sproul Nov 01, 2009Category: Articles

We are fragile mortals, given to fears of every sort. We have a built-in insecurity that no amount of whistling in the dark can mollify. We seek assurance concerning the things that frighten us the most.

The prohibition uttered more frequently than any other by our Lord is the command “Fear not.” He said this so often to His disciples and others He encountered that it almost came to sound like a greeting. Where most people greet others by saying “Hi” or “Hello,” the first words of Jesus very often were “Fear not.”

Why? Perhaps Jesus’ predilection for those words grew out of His acute sense of the fear that grips all who approach the living God. We fear His power; we fear His wrath; and most of all we fear His ultimate rejection.

The assurance we need the most is the assurance of salvation. Though we are loath to think much about it or contemplate it deeply, we know—if only intuitively—that the worst catastrophe that could befall us is to be visited by God’s final punitive wrath. Our insecurity is worsened by the certainty that we deserve it.


Coram Deo: Listen to God’s Word to you today: Fear not!

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Luke 12:32: “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Hebrews 13:6: “So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”


Posted: 05/12/2015 in Uncategorized



By Jason Walker

I was talking with someone in the prayer group and through that discussion coupled with the reading that I have been doing, It seems to me that we have been given gifts that are powerfully connected to our purpose in CHRIST, GOD, YAHWEH.
These gifts are thus only for the purpose of YESHUA not our own 

selfish desires. Therefore when we figure out our gifts these are great clues in understanding our GOD purpose

Jason Walker “Leaning On God” 

Nalu, Mosiah & Daddy on Daddy Birthday


First I want to thank all of those who reached out to me by email, text, WhatsApp, calls, FB posts and messages, voicemails,
IG etc etc. I will do my best to respond to as many of you as I can, it is very humbling and well appreciated, I feel
the love.
As I enter a new year of my life, I have truly learned lot. With my children I have learned the great joys of life, with all 4 children and with marriage I have learnt more about life than I could have ever imagined. During the past couple years I have experienced the greatest pain I have ever felt in my life, I have also experienced the greatest spiritual growth in my life. I have seen friends my age and younger pass away.
I’ve also seen that emotions like happiness, sadness, depression, ecstacy and all such emotions are temporary sometimes even fleeting. I have also seen that on the ability to love and the execution of that love is the greatest thing that one can do on this planet (especially unconditional). More importantly true joy comes from living in GOD’s purpose which comes from living a life of commitment. I have definitely seen that being committed to GOD, myself, my wife, my children (all 4), my parents, my sisters and brother, my greater family and my friends.
Commitment has to start with GOD and all the other commitments have to filter through that commitment with GOD. It it is through commitment to God and living in God’s purpose that one will find true joy. This shed’s light on when Deion Sanders had won his 2nd NFL Championship ring and had had success as an MLB player he said he did not feel true joy. I have also learnt that the aforementioned emotions (all of them) become catalysts for nurturing, lessons through pain and ultimately growth.
As such they should be used as such, tools, not goals, the goal should be growth and fulfilling GOD’s purpose for you (I believe) I have great family and friends and I have wonderful and amazing children who do and will support me and I have a God who really opens up the world to my existence and to me when I trust HIM. This birthday is about growing in the purpose of GOD and being the best I can be in that process while I do the best in my commitments to all the aforementioned.
Thank you for acknowledging my earthstrong,
thank you for the love, nuff love.
Jason SkyWalker Walker
Leaning on GOD


HAPPY NATIONAL HEROES WEEK TO JAMAICA AND ALL JAMAICANS, those of Jamaican descent and those who love Jamaica. Let us honour these heroes:

Queen Nanny
Sam Sharpe
George William Gordon
Paul Bogle
Marcus Garvey
Alexander Bustamante
Norman Manley

And all who contribute to ‪#‎JAMAICA‬


Jason Skywalker's Blog


TODAY IS MARCUS GARVEY’S BIRTHDAY, in the face of all that has been occurring (police brutality against brown and black people, institutional racism and all other forms of oppression) the words of MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY can help us in our quest for change.


“One God One Aim One Destiny”


Short Overview from Jamaica Information Service.


– Jamaica’s first National Hero was born in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann, on August 17, 1887. In his youth Garvey migrated to Kingston, where he worked as a printer and later published a small paper “The Watchman”.


During his career Garvey travelled extensively throughout many countries, observing the poor working and living conditions of black people.


In 1914 he started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in Jamaica. The UNIA, which grew into an international organisation, encouraged self-government for black people worldwide; self-help economic projects and protest against racial…

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