Tami Chynn (born Tammar Anika Chin) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter and dancer.
Before pursuing music, she toured with fellow caniamaJ artist Shaggy as a backup dancer on his Caught Red Handed Tour. In early 2005 she travelled to Los Angeles, California, USA 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 #41 on the Japanese Oricon charts.
In 2007 her song "Over and Over" appeared on the compilations Biggest One Drop Anthems 2007 (released October 8, 2007 on the Greensleeves label) and Strictly The Best Vol. 38 (released November 20, 2007 through VP Records).
In 2008 Tami received notice by artist 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. The lead single for the album, "Frozen" (featuring Akon), was released in August, 2008. In March she toured the UK and made an appearance on the BBC Radio show 1Xtra Live, on March 22, 2008 with Akon and performed Frozen.
In September 2008, she starred in a Pepsi commercial alongside Verne Troyer, T-Pain and Shaggy and made a cover of Kung Fu Fighting for the commercial which is based on Kung Fu. 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 sophomore release.
In 2011, American singer-songwriter/actress Jennifer Lopez re-recorded 'Hypnotico', a song Chynn had written and recorded for her unreleased second album Prima Donna along side Lady Gaga and RedOne for Lopez's seventh studio album Love? released May 3, 2011 in the United States. Tami Chynn now plans to release the songs on Prima Donna to other artists to perform as their own songs.