Tessanne Chin / Kristen Merlin
Tessanne Chin is the Season 5 winner of NBC's hit TV show "The Voice," and a fresh soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent. She fuses dancehall and reggae with edgy rock riffs and heartfelt, original lyrics, creating a musical style all her own. With her youth and unmistakable stage appeal, Tessanne has opened for Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, Atlantic Starr, Boyz II Men, and Mary J. Blige, among many others. She also toured the world as a backup singer with the reggae legend Jimmy Cliff for three years.
Kristen Merlin is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the small town of Hanson, Mass. In 2009, Boston Nightlife Awards named Kristen the South Shore’s Best Acoustic Solo Act. She then became the lead singer for the cover band Arctic Playground. From there, she continued to rock the South Shore’s music scene and moved on to join forces with the power-house cover band Six Foot Sunday. Kristen is back as the lead singer of her self-titled band. Kristen is an enthusiastic performer unlike any other in the Boston area. Not only does she have the vocal ability to grab the attention of everyone in the room, but her stage presence is a force to be reckoned with.