A new singing sensation

Remember the name Tia Corbin? It’s one you will be hearing for years to come.

Tia’s name has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue since her dynamic performance at the recently held School’s Choir Festival.

Her rendition of Yolanda Adams’ That Name, earned her the awards of Best Solo Vocalist and Best Overall Performance.

The ever humble and down to earth 14-year-old of student of the Seventh Day Adventist School, is over the moon about her win, but for her, all the glory belongs to God.

In fact, her strong Christian background and upbringing almost prevented her from entering the competition in the first place. However, today, she is glad she decided to enter.

“To be quite honest, I didn’t want to enter. I was thinking about what other people would think because I am Adventist and we don’t do competitions so I wasn’t going to enter,” Tia told Bajan Vibes.

“Then I changed my mind and decided to go back in. It  was kind of messy at first but I got in and it was fun. I didn’t go to win, I wanted to honour God and I hope I blessed people with my voice and it was (also) a good experience for me,” she explained.

Tia Corbin is thankful to God for her talent.

Seeking to further explain why Adventists stayed away from competitions, she said, “It’s not that Adventists don’t enter; we try not to. Looking back in the Bible, they believe that all people are equal.”

Tia said she was not expecting to win the competition and was bowled over when her name was called as winner. “I was shocked and happy at the same time. After hearing who was third and second, I was pointing out who I thought was going to win, then when they called me as the winner; it was really shocking but still exciting.”

Given her rise to fame following her win, one would expect Tia to go full steam ahead with her singing career. However, she did not mince words and said she would not be accepting any payments to sing.

“I wanted to be a singer when I was younger, before I knew what I could do today. I don’t think I want to sing as a profession. I don’t want to get paid for singing either because it’s God who gave me the talent. It’s not me, it’s God so I want to use my talent as just that, a talent, not as a career.

“I want to become a lawyer and I think I want to become a wedding planner as well. I will sing just to minister. I hope this mindset doesn’t change in the future because I don’t want to lose my voice,” she said.

Tia’s win, however, was not that much of a shock to her music teacher, Elwon Blackman. He always knew she could do it. “I feel good about her win. I wasn’t sure that we wanted her to go into the competition because we don’t usually enter competitions. Sometimes the rivalry thing can get out of hand, so we like to be away from all the drama and excitement.”

Tia Corbin and her music teacher Eldon Blackman.

Blackman went on: “We decided to go in and focus on the ministering part. When she got through each stage, we were thankful for that. It gave us an idea of the talent she had. I mean we always knew but to see that other people thought that was also a good feeling too.

“When they called her name, she looked at me in shock but I was different from her; I was expecting them to call her name. I felt good for her. I was proud that she was able to do it.”

7 Responses to A new singing sensation

  1. jrsmith March 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    This young lady good luck to her ,but she need to be brought into the real world , some one need to talk some sense into her…………

    • lester March 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      she sensible enough to give God the glory, the music industry stinks to highest heaven both gospel and secular

    • clement griffiths April 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Its not a matter of sense its more about using your talents. There is much work to be done in the kingdom and it takes money to do that work. If you can make millions as a singer then you can build schools, support orphanages, build medical centres , create jobs that fully employ people the opportunities are limitless.
      If you money bin belongs to God and he gives you the projects to run that is a good thing not a bad thing.
      If you don’t want to do it for you then do it for me I want to see a TRIsland hospital ( Barbados , St Luca and St vincent) where there is a speciality in each island and a hoovercraft to ferry patients between Islands for best in class care … does that pull at your hear strings?

  2. Sonia Lorde
    Sonia Lorde March 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    well done tia

  3. Bonnie Rollock
    Bonnie Rollock March 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Continue to be true to who you are Tia.Well done

  4. Dwayne Durant
    Dwayne Durant March 30, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Well done university on the hill

  5. Donild Trimp April 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    “I don’t want to get paid for singing either because it’s God who gave me the talent. It’s not me, it’s God so I want to use my talent as just that, a talent, not as a career”

    Still an innocent soul.

    May she be successful in her goal of becoming a lawyer.

    I must quote jr smith’s comment — “but she need to be brought into the real world , some one need to talk some sense into her…………”

    Don’t know of too many lawyers who can balance those perspectives she echoes with a straight face.


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