Tammar Anika Chin (born 14 June 1984), known by her stage name Tami Chynn, is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Chynn was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Her father, Richard Chin, is of Jamaican Chinese descent and her mother, Christine Chin, also a Jamaican national, is of English and African descent. Her parents were in a band called The Carnations and her younger sister, Tessanne Chin is also a singer, best known for winning Season 5 of the American singing competition The Voice as part of Adam Levine's team.
Tami grew up in the parish of St. Andrew and attended St. Peter and Paul Preparatory School. She later attended Campion College in St. Andrew, Jamaica. In 1998, at age 14, she moved to Leamington Spa, UK where she spent three years studying the performing arts and in 2001, at age 17, moved back to Jamaica where she worked on her music career and recorded her first single "Rock U."
In 2010, Tami collaborated with Slovakian born Jamaica fashion designer Lubica Kucerova to create the Anuna and Anuna Goddess collections. The collection debuted at 2010 Fashion Art Toronto: Alternative Arts Fashion Week. Later that year, the duo would be nominated at The Jamaica Observer Style Awards and win the Designer of the Year Award.
2005–2007: Beginnings and Out of Many... One
Before pursuing music, she toured with fellow Jamaican artist Shaggy as a backup dancer on his Caught Red Handed Tour. In early 2005 she travelled to Los Angeles to perform for Universal Motown Records and in May she was signed to the major label,at age 24, for a four album deal. Before releasing her debut album in the US she appeared in recordings with international Reggae stars: Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Sean Paul on his album The Trinity for the track "All on Me".
In March 2006, she was nominated for Best New Entertainer Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards, but lost the award to reggae artist Matisyahu. Leading up to the release of her debut album, Out of Many...One she toured clubs around the US for promotion.
Later in 2006 she released her first US single "Hyperventilating" which became a hit on the internet that summer but wasn't a mainstream success. During that summer she released her first album Out of Many...One which also failed to chart in the US but managed to peak at No. 41 on the Japanese Oricon charts. In 2007 her song "Over and Over" appeared on the compilations.
2008–present: New record label and Prima Donna
In 2008 Tami was noticed by Akon, who signed her up to his label Konvict Muzik and began production of her second album Prima Donna. Recording of the album began in January in Akon's Atlanta studios with Akon and RedOne executive producing the album. "Frozen" (featuring Akon), the lead single for the album, was released in August 2008. In March she toured the UK and made an appearance on BBC Radio 1Xtra, on 22 March 2008 with Akon and performed Frozen.
In September 2008, she starred in a Pepsi commercial alongside Verne Troyer, T-Pain and Shaggy doing a cover of Carl Douglas' classic disco song Kung Fu Fighting with vocals from Akon. During October 2008 she opened for New Kids on the Block on their New Kids on the Block Tour alongside Lady Gaga, Natasha Bedingfield and Colby O'Donis. She also appeared in the video "I'm So Paid" by Akon. After cutting ties with Universal, Prima Donna remains unreleased; however, Tami Chynn has stated she is currently at work on a third album that is to become a second release.
In 2011, Jennifer Lopez re-recorded "Hypnotico," a song Chynn had written with Lady Gaga and RedOne and recorded for her unreleased second album Prima Donna for Lopez's seventh studio album Love? released 3 May 2011 in the United States.
As of 2014, she works as her sister Tessanne Chin's manager.
Chynn married fellow reggae/dancehall artist Wayne Marshall in 2009. The couple have two children together.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications|
|2006||Out of Many...One
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|US Dance Club Play||US Dance Airplay||JPN|
|2001||"Rock U" (feat. Kid Kurup)||—||—||—||Single Only|
|2004||"Hyperventilating (Stepz Medly)"||—||—||—|
|"Ice Breaker Medley (Gimme Good)"||—||—||—|
|"Tell Mi Seh"||—||—||—||Out of Many...One|
|"Over and Over Again"||—||—||—|
|2008||"Frozen" (feat. Akon)||3||17||80||Prima Donna|
|2010||"Certified Diva" (feat. Tifa)||—||—||—||Single Only|
|"Nevah Know (Wicked Inna Bed)"||—||—||—||Bad Suh Riddim|
|2011||"Long Time"||—||—||—||Single Only||"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
As featured artist
|"Don't You Go"||Elan (feat. Tami Chynn)||Together as One|
|"All on Me"||Sean Paul (feat. Tami Chynn)||The Trinity|
|"Ice Breaker Riddim Medley"||(feat. Tami Chynn, Voicemail, Wayne Marshall, Kid Kurupt, Christopher, Assassin, Busy Signal)||Single only|
|"Hot Part 2"||Le7is aka Jonathan Edward Chisolm (feat. Tami Chynn)|
|"Arguin"||Wayne Marshall (feat. Tami Chynn)|
|"Why"||Wayne Marshall (feat. Tami Chynn)|
|"Take Me Back Remix"||Tinchy Stryder (feat. Tami Chynn, Taio Cruz, Sway and Chipmunk)|
|"Can You Feel Me"||Michael Bolton (feat. Tami Chynn)||One World One Love|
|"Sycamore Tree"||Sean Paul (feat. Tami Chynn)||Single|
|2001||"Rock U"||Ras Kassa|
|2004||"Hyperventilating (Stepz Medly)"||Nordia Rose|
|"Ice Breaker Medley (Gimme Good)"||Nadia & Naylor|
|"Tell Mi Seh"||Nadia & Naylor|
|"Over and Over Again"|