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Heaven Knows by Tessanne Chin

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Warning: This song is highly addictive so approach with caution.

When Tessanne's album dropped I had listened to each of the song previews on iTunes. After listening I thought that "Everything Reminds Me of You" would have been my favorite song from the album. Then I realized that a lot of people on Twitter were talking about "Heaven Knows" so I decided to check it out on You Tube. I have been addicted to it ever since. The beat is superb and, mixed with Tessanne's angelic voice, it truly is magical. I can't get enough of it!

Now for the story line. This woman is madly in love but she doesn't know how to tell the man what she feels in her heart. She wishes that she could truly express all the ways he makes her feel. Every embrace leaves every bit of her wanting every bit of him. I especially love the chorus when she is declaring he's the one and then starts making the heart beat sound "Boom Boo Boom".

Basically, you can't help but fall in love with this song. I can't wait to get her entire album because it seems to be truly amazing! Her album is called Count on My Love. Have you gotten your copy yet?

Click here to view Tessanne performing Heaven Knows live.

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5 Things to Learn From Tessanne

lilililili So many articles are now being written about Tessanne and so many people are sharing their thoughts about what we can learn from Tessanne's journey. However, Tessanne's success has made such a huge  impact on me and has given me a new drive to pursue my dreams that I had to ensure that I penned my thoughts. Each person's life story is unique but I believe that there are five things that we all can learn from Tessanne's success that can help us to make our dreams come to life.

Believe

This is such a simple word that we often take for granted but it has the power to help us change the world or contribute to the wealth of potential in the graveyard. Although Shaggy was the one who suggested the idea of auditioning for the Voice to Tessanne, she still had to believe in her talent and use this belief to capitalise on this amazing opportunity. It must be noted, however, that her belief did not equate to arrogance or over-confidence. Despite the resounding praises from coaces and fans alike, Tessanne remained gracious and humble. Her warmth as a human being shows that it is not enough to believe in your abilities. Instead, that belief must be coupled with an appreciation for others and an ability to show love and compassion to supporters and naysayer's alike.

Get Up and Get Moving

Imagine if Tessanne had listened to Shaggy's advice but allowed the fear of rejection to overcome her. Where would she be now? Tessanne had a dream and she was determined to do what she needed to in order to make that dream a reality. However, auditioning for the competition was just the first phase of the journey. Week after week she had to put in several hours of rehearsals and coaching sessions to ensure that each night she delivered a stellar performance. As the old Jamaican saying goes "If yuh waan good yuh nose haffi run" which simply means that you have to be willing to work hard for what you desire. Dreams don't become reality overnight...they take weeks, months or years of persistent work and dedication.

Be Open to All Possible Outcomes

Tessanne was never over-confident. Each week there was always a look of great relief on her face when Carson stated that she was one of the people America saved.  Tessanne knew that her journey to the finish line was not guaranteed and she was willing to use the knowledge she had garnered from this experience to take her one step closer to her dreams. Thankfully, she did not have to go the latter route but sometimes the latter route is the reality. If the latter route becomes your reality then always remember that failure is never final and use your experiences to propel you even closer to your dreams.

Surround Yourself With Good People

In her inner circle, Tessanne had the support of well wishing friends and family who had been there with her from the very beginning. She didn't surround herself with people who told her she can't...she surrounded herself with people who told her she can. The people we allow into our inner circles can make or break our dreams so we need to be wise about who we allow to enter.

Never Give Up

After so many years of being a back up singer and performing her and there at concerts, Tessanne was becoming frustrated. She was nearing the point of giving up but, this opportunity came ans she is now reaping the rewards. Imagine if she had given up a year or two years ago. Never give up on your dreams regardless of how long it takes for them to become reality.

I have always loved Tessanne's song "Hideaway" and I knew she far surpassed her competition on the Voice. She is one of my heroes and I will use these guiding principles to propel me into a bigger and brighter future.

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A Lasting Bond

lljljjkljklj The past thirteen weeks have taken us on a whirlwind journey as we followed Tessanne Chin's progress on one of the best reality TV series,the Voice. Week after week we were blown away by her amazing talent and it is no surprise that her cover of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is now at the number sixty four position on the Billboard Top 100 Chart. Despite her amazing talent, however, she could not have gotten this far without the strong support system of her family, friends and Jamaicans both locally and internationally. One of her biggest supporters is her husband Michael Cuffe Jr. and, over these few weeks, I have observed some striking and powerful dimensions of their relationship that I believe many of us could emulate in our own relationships.

He Supported Her From Beginning to End

Michael Cuffe Jr. is an established individual in his own right...he is the HRM for Guardsman Limited, works part-time for RJR and hosts the radio program "Uncensored" on FAME 95 FM. However, despite his numerous obligations he found the time to travel thousands of miles to support his wife. Regardless of the sacrifices he had to make, he was there and quite happy to be there too. How many of us are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to support our spouses or partners? We may not be as popular as Michael and Tessanne Cuffe but each of us has special milestones in our lives in which we need the support of those we greatly cherish.  Sometimes we become so self-absorbed that we neglect the needs of our partner or spouse. It's time to break the habit.

He Knew Not to Shadow Her Spotlight

I am not privy to what occurs behind the scenes but, from what I can see, Mr. Cuffe did not allow jealousy to prevail in his relationship. He knew when to step back and allow his wife to bask in her moments and he has never been cocky or arrogant about his wife's success. Some people envy the success of their spouse or partner instead of looking for ways to support him or her. How can you create a strong and lasting bond with someone if you are so consumed with jealousy? A marriage or relationship requires that the individuals who are involved support each other wholeheartedly. Learn to lovingly support your spouse or partner.

They Both Graciously Expressed Their Love for Each Other

One of the things that has been lodged in my mind is a tweet that Tessanne had posted about a week ago. She was so excited that her husband was coming and her excitement mirrored that of a teenage girl who was excited about the arrival of her boyfriend. Simple things like thi,s and the moments when they steal kisses and looks at each other, solidify the fact that they are both madly in love with each other. In an interview with GCaribbean Mr. Cuffe stated "Being married to Tessanne Cuffe is the most amazing and smart decision I have ever made". They both married their best friend and are reaping the rewards of a beautiful relationship. We all can expereince this kind of love if we are  wise when choosing our partners. Don't give into feelings of loneliness and desperation...be patient and the right person will come along.

Tessanne's journey is just beginning and I know that one thing is certain...she will always be Mrs. Tessanne Cuffe. I will always admire their relationship and pray that it continues to grow stronger as the years progress.

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