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April 30, 2014
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Tahera Brown on the rise

Tahera Brown performing at the Lay Magistrate's Association of Jamaica, St Thomas Chapter, awards dinner in 2013. - Jolyn Bryan

Tahera Brown has been singing since she was four.

The St Thomas native, now residing in Port Antonio, Portland, where she attends the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), recounts how she discovered her interest in singing and, consequently, the amazing talent that now powers her toward success.

"I was in church and they had the usual Easter Monday concert, and when I saw everyone else singing, I cried to get a chance to sing. I was so little they had to put a chair on stage and hold me as I was singing, since I was afraid of heights," she remembered.

From a musical family, and having an amazing voice, it is no surprise little four-year-old has grown into a confident and much-admired singer.

A familiar talent at many social events, stage shows and concerts in St Thomas and Portland, Tahera performs with the House of Prestige Funeral Home Band, providing live entertainment at wakes and nine nights, and with the CASE mass choir as lead vocalist. Her musical journey has been filled with high points and accomplishments that make her proud.

"I was honoured, on several occasions, to do backup singing at special events with artistes like Bunny Wailer, RB Gospel Band and Joan Flemmings. After my performance at a show in St Thomas, Bunny Wailer asked me to perform for him. It was a wonderful experience," she related.

Tahera is also former St Thomas Farm Queen, and second runner-up at the national final, having rescinded the title to enter the Portland Festival Queen competition.

She has also done a stirring cover of Tessanne Chin's Hideaway, as well as songs by Celine Dion and Tarrus Riley.

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