Monday, 23 December 2013

IN THE MIX: Cultural news, notes, and what's on the horizon

Tessanne Chin plans to wait.... a minimum of five years before having her first child. The 28-year-old singing sensation and Season 5 winner of The Voice revealed to the hosts of the Today show on NBC recently that she's heeding the advice of pop megastar Celine Dion about starting a family. Chin and Dion dueted beautifully during the talent show's grand finale last Tuesday night. Meantime, Tessanne's 2014 itinerary is already taking full-bodied shape. First up are appearances at next Saturday's star-studded Shaggy & Friends bash at Jamaica House and the Rose Bowl Parade in California. As for that feverishly anticipated debut album for Universal Records, March is being eyed for a tentative release date. "Hopefully we can link up with the right producers and writers," Tess told TV J's Simone Clarke-Cooper

And speaking of new albums, Thespy winner Donald 'Iceman' Anderson, who is headlining this month's Basil Dawkins offering My God Don't Wear Pajamas, has released his debut solo comedy album, a 14-track disc dubbed Breadfruit Tree. "The album is a timely political satire that sets out to make the listener laugh," Anderson says. "[You are] guaranteed to have a much better day after listening to this album." 

A new exhibit, Explorations II, centred on the twin themes of religion and spirituality, has just opened at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and will be on view through March 2014. 

UPDATE: The lineup for next month's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is nearing completion, with Grammy winners Chrisette Michele (pictured, at right), Aaron Neville and Toni Braxton among the acts already confirmed to rock the mic on the mainstage. The festival is scheduled to run from January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium at Greenfield.

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