Tami Chynn: The Princess of Eclectic Dancehall


tami_chynn_oe.jpgEven though technically, twenty-two-year-old Tami Chynn is a new artist, she's managed to hone her skills with some of the best. Before recording her solo album, Out of Many... One, which drops on Friday, June 30, she'd already appeared on tracks with Sean Paul, Beenie Man, and Lady Saw. In addition, just in March, the Kingston, Jamaica native's hard work paid off when she was nominated for the "Best New Entertainer Award" at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.

Fresh off of a whirlwind club tour in the U.S., Chynn kicks it with VIBE.com about her musical family, her new album, and about being compared to other Caribbean female artists.

Vibe: Tell me about your musical background.

Tami Chynn: My mother was a vocalist and she played the trumpet. My father was also a musician, he played the drums and the bass guitar. When I was growing up, they were both in a band called The Carnations, so I was always around music

Do you play any instruments yourself?

Tami Chynn: I dabble a little every now and then with the guitar, but I'm not really a musician. I'm more of a singer and performer.

What made you first realize singing was your calling?

Tami Chynn: I've loved music for as long as I can remember. But I started seriously pursuing a musical career when I was 17. That was the first time I ever recorded a song.

How would you describe your sound?

Tami Chynn: I'd call it eclectic dancehall. I take every type of music like, jazz, hip hop, reggae, everything and serve it on the plate of dancehall, and then some.

Source: Vibe.Com