Tashina Mckenzie

tashinamckenzieSome people like to sing or wish to sing but I need to sing, it is the very air that I
breathe. My music is my all. After all I didn’t ask for  his talent, it was given to me
for a reason. I believe is to inspire the hearts of people worldwide just as how
others before me have done. The way I see it I have got nothing to lose, this is my
passion, I believe that I have a message to impart to others through my music, I
believe it is one of the main purposes I am alive and on-earth today, I am a
Singer/Songwriter/Performer. I am Tashina Mckenzie, and this is my story.

Ever since I was a little girl, I used to always pretend that I am a superstar just like
the ones in the music videos I used to watch. I used to make-believe that I’m
onstage with my mop stick as my microphone or with my hair brush in front of the
mirror #LOL 🙂 A lot of people keep on telling me I have a really good voice, my
friends and even people I don’t know at schools at home I was always the
entertainer, people would pay me to do songs for them and crowds would gather
around me. Sometimes while at school, I used to skip class and go into the
bathroom and put on a mini stage shows, teachers would put me up to do songs at
devotions and special school functions.  I was always singing, every day and all the
time.

My favorites were Maria Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Celine Dion
locally Bob Marley, Shaggy, Beenie-man and Diana king; This fantasy had stuck
with me throughout my childhood years and I started writing songs by age 12 this
too continued into my teens and I actually did my first recording at the age of 15 at
the Tuff Gong Recording Studio in Kingston. Though I enjoyed singing for people
I enjoyed singing for myself even more because it was made me feel special and
different and I knew that this was my talent.

In 2005 my older brother Romeo McKenzie died and it impacted me greatly and
so, I wrote a song about it (scared and terrified) with the melody in my head; but it
wasn’t until 2008 that an official recording of this was done. I never stopped
writing songs and I never stopped singing, I couldn’t, it has always been my saving
grace, when I’m down I sing to lift me up and when I’m up singing keeps me up, it
is and have always been my comfort and my special friend that nobody can ever
take away. I sing every day and at every chance I get.

In 2007 I had made the first step to starting an official career in music when I
entered The Digicel Rising Stars competition talent show which saw over a
thousand contestants. I was placed in the top ten and in the finals, I placed 6th.
This exposure gave me national recognition and exposed to many new fans,
including, the internationally renowned song writer and music producer Mikey
Bennett, who took an interest in my music career.

I became a part of the Grafton Music Family where I learnt all about the music
business and I was groomed and tailored to be a professional in the industry. It was
here that we recorded “Scared and Terrified” along with a number of other singles
such as “Naw Lef” and “Concerned Citizen which features Queen Ifrika and also
“Naughty Eyes” Ft. NickyB. In 2010,  I recorded a few EDM songs with a
producer in France “Dj. Blue “Have Some Fun” and Bad Gal Whine these were
featured on the Album “Caribbean Spirit”” these songs received a lot of attention
and was being heavily rotated on radio this and helped to popularize the name
“Tashina” in France and other parts of Europe.

In 2012 entered the Jamaica Festival Song Competition celebrating Jamaica’s 50th
Anniversary of Independence with an Original song entitled “Jamaica Beat Dem
Bad” with this song,  I won second  place and also walked away with the sectional
prizes of” best performer” and Top Favorite by the voting polls. In 2015, I entered
Magnum Kings and Queen Dancehall Talent competition and made it to the semi-
finals. This was also a nationally televised show which gave me even more
exposure and popularized my song original song “Naw Lef”

By this time, my craft and artistic qualities were developed as a fully capable and
competent recording and performing artiste. I had been working with producers
like Dean Fraser, Patrick Roberts and several others. I had done over 20 singles
inclusive of covers and more collaboration with top acts such as Merciless and
Sizzla Kalonji.

Today, I have earned the respect of several top musicians, producers and artistes
in the industry and have been given commendations by many of my been told on
countless occasions that I have a real talent some of the best ears in the industry so
I decided to give it my all, everything that I’ve got, I’m not giving up, I am going to
claim what is mine. Follow me, watch me… join me as I fulfill my
destiny………………..……………

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