Tinashe

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This article is about the American female singer and actress. For the British male singer, see Tinashé.
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Tinashe
Tinashe at grammys.png
Tinashe attends the Red Carpet Radio presents Grammys at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Born Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe
(1993-02-06) February 6, 1993 (age 22)
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • director
Years active 2000–present
Musical career
Genres R&B
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • drums
  • violin
Labels RCA
Associated acts Schoolboy QA$AP RockyThe Runners
Website
tinashenow.com

Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe[1] (born February 6, 1993) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, actress, director, and former model. [2] She began her entertainment career at the age of 3 when she began modeling and acting. In 2012, Tinashe released two critically acclaimed mixtapes, In Case We Die and Reverie, which she created in her home studio. After the release of the mixtapes, Tinashe signed with RCA Records. She released her third mixtape, Black Water, on November 26, 2013, and her debut solo album Aquarius, on October 7, 2014.[3] Her debut single, "2 On", was released in January 2014. The song stayed at number 1 on the Rhythmic Top 40 for over 4 consecutive weeks, and peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her first Top 40 hit single.[4]

Tinashe is also an actress. She made her acting debut in the television film Cora Unashamed in 2000. In 2004, Tinashe appeared in box-office hit The Polar Express alongside actor Tom Hanks, providing the motion capture for the female protagonist. From 2008 to 2009, Tinashe had a recurring role in American sitcom Two and a Half Men as Celeste, Jake's girlfriend.

Early life[edit]

Tinashe Kachingwe was born on February 6, 1993 in Lexington, Kentucky, the eldest child of Michael and Aimie Kachingwe. Her father is from Zimbabwe, while her mother is of Danish, Norwegian, and Irish descent.[5][6] Tinashe's name means "God is with us" in the Shona language which she speaks fluently. She has two younger brothers, Thulani and Kudzai.[7] She and her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was eight years old.[1] She attended Crescenta Valley High School for a year before finishing early to pursue a career in music full-time.[8] She began studying ballet, tap, and jazz dancing at the age of 4, and continued to compete in various styles as a part of a dance company until she was 18.[9]

Career[edit]

2007–10: The Stunners[edit]

Main article: The Stunners
Tinashe performing with the Stunners at KISS FM 103.5 on April 30, 2010

In 2007, Tinashe joined girl group The Stunners, founded by Vitamin C. Her bandmates were friends Marisol Esparza, Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, and Kelsey Sanders.[10] Six months after their formation, the group signed with Columbia Records. The Stunners recorded a single that was to be used for the iCarly soundtrack; however, the single was never released. In 2009, the group left Columbia Records[11] and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, who also produced a scripted television show pilot based on the group for MTV.[11][12] On March 18, 2009, they released a single, "Bubblegum", on iTunes, along with the official video. In October, the group released a 5-song EP, influenced by artists such as Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna.[13] The music video for their promo single, "We Got It", was released on February 22, 2010.[11]

The group performed "We Got It" on The Today Show,[14] as well as The Wendy Williams Show.[11][15] After meeting with various labels, they signed to Universal Republic Records[11] in 2010. They released a single, "Dancin' Around the Truth", featuring the New Boyz to iTunes, as well as Top 40 radio stations.[16] The music video premiered on June 2, 2010, just before the group was announced as an opening act on Justin Bieber's My World Tour.[17] The Stunners finished their run after twenty dates on the tour, and returned to Los Angeles to record new songs with producers and writers such as Toby Gad, The Cataracs, Dave Broome,[18] Livvi Franc,[19] Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry, and Tony Kanal of No Doubt.[20] A fourth music video for their song "Spin The Bottle", which was shot in the California desert, premiered on December 31, 2010. A full album was planned,[21] but was ultimately scrapped when the group split in 2011.[11][22][23]

2011–13: Mixtapes[edit]

After the Stunners officially disbanded, Tinashe began pursuing a solo career.[24][unreliable source?] On May 3, 2011, Tinashe gave her first televised solo performance during the DodgersCubs game, singing "God Bless America".[25][26] On June 24, 2011, Tinashe released her first solo music video, a cover of Lil Wayne's single "How to Love". The song was later released as a free digital download via Tinashe's official website.[27][28] Following the video's release, Tinashe confirmed she had officially been released from her recording contract with Universal Republic.[29][unreliable source?] Tinashe was featured on the dance single "Artificial People" by OFM, released on September 12, 2011.[30] On November 25, 2011 Tinashe released the music video for "Can't Say No", her first original solo song.[31] The track samples Britney Spears's song "Blur" from her sixth studio album, Circus.[32][unreliable source?] The song was released for download on November 28, 2011.[33]

Tinashe in 2012

In Case We Die, Tinashe's debut solo mixtape, was released in February 2012, recorded in her home studio.[34] The mixtape spawned four singles, the first being promotional song, "Chainless", released to iTunes on December 19, 2011.[35] "My High" was released for streaming on her official website.[36] The music video for single "This Feeling" was released on May 1, 2012 to Global Grind.[37][38] The mixtape's final single, Boss, was released August 20, 2012, after the song was featured in an episode of the VH1 series Single Ladies.[39] The music video for the song was self-directed, and co-written by Tinashe and Jt Ervin.[39][40][41] The mixtape was received positively by the blogosphere.[42]

On July 13, 2012, Tinashe announced that she had signed with RCA Records.[39][43] Following the signing, her second mixtape, Reverie, was released on September 6, 2012 through her official website.[44] The mixtape released three singles: the first "Stargazing", released on August 21, 2012; the second, "Ecstasy", released on December 18, 2012; and the final, "Who Am I Working For?", released on March 12, 2013.[45] Upon its release, reviews for Reverie were generally positive.[46] Tumblr blogger Yakk compared Tinashe's use of "more underground sounds and gaining interest in the music industry" to Frank Ocean and The Weeknd.[47]

From August to November 2012, a series of remixes of songs from Tinashe's two mixtapes leaked online to critical acclaim.[48][49][50][51] On November 26, 2013, Tinashe released her third mixtape, "Black Water". The mixtape was composed of thirteen tracks produced by Dev Hynes, Boi-1da, Ryan Hemsworth, and Tinashe herself. The single "Vulnerable", which features rapper Travis Scott, was declared a "Must-Hear Pop Song of the Week" by MTV's Buzzworthy on November 26, 2013.[52]

2014–present: Aquarius and upcoming second studio album[edit]

Tinashe perform Pretend at 1Xtra Live 2014 in Birmingham.

Tinashe worked on her debut studio album in 2014.[53] Recording took place in Los Angeles, London, Atlanta, New York, and Toronto.[54] Tinashe worked with several producers, including Clams Casino, Ryan Hemsworth,[55] Stuart Matthewman, DJ Mustard, T-Minus, Mike Will Made It, Boi-1da, Fisticuffs, Best Kept Secret, and Ritz Reynolds.[56] On January 13, 2014, Tinashe released her first single from her debut album, "2 On". The song features American rapper Schoolboy Q, and was produced by DJ Mustard.[57][58] The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 89, and has since peaked at number 24.[59]

On June 29, 2014, Tinashe made her national television debut, performing her hit single "2 On" at the BET Awards pre-show. That same day, she also announced that her anticipated debut album, Aquarius, would be officially released on October 7, 2014.[60][61] Speaking about the theme of the album, Tinashe said: "It combines the essence of all my previous work. I've stayed true to who I am. Obviously, there's some progression as I've grown as an artist, and I'm influenced by new things and what not. I think my fans will be really happy with it. I think it really embodies who I am and where I am creatively right now".[62]

The second single, "Pretend" featuring ASAP Rocky, was released on August 22, 2014. The song's music video was directed by Jodeb, and premiered on September 29, 2014.[63] "Aquarius" debuted at number 17 on Billboard 200. Tinashe is featured on Nick Jonas' "Jealous" remix. In late January 2015, Tinashe was reported working with writers and producers from Prescription Songs — Dr. Luke's publishing company — and Taylor Parks on her upcoming second studio album.[64][65] On March 16, 2015, Tinashe released a seven song mixtape entitled Amethyst for free download. The project was recorded in Tinashe's bedroom during her Christmas vacation, and features production from Ryan Hemsworth, Iamsu!, DJ Dahi, Ritz Reynolds, Nez & Rio, Mae N. Maejor, Smash David and Legacy.[66]

Personal life[edit]

As a child, Tinashe faced bullying from her peers:

I actually did get bullied a lot in school. I went to public school until 9th grade and had a pretty bad experience. I missed out on prom and graduation and the whole college experience but I don't feel bad about it because everything else I was doing was what I actually wanted.[67]

Tinashe parents live with her, in a bedroom that includes a studio set.[68] She has a black belt in Taekwondo.[69]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and voice[edit]

"I write a lot of it in my car, that's just a very inspiring place to listen to music. I think it puts me in the zone. I just think of melodies usually and then lyrics come after. Sometimes really easily, and then sometimes I'll have a melody for a week before I come up with any lyrics so it just kind of depends."

— Tinashe, speaking on her writing style.[70]

Tinashe writes and produces most of her music in her home studio, and describes her musical style as a mixture of urban, rhythmic, and pop, with influences from indie, alternative, and hip hop music. Tinashe explained her genre influences:

I'm just really inspired by R&B, hip-hop, and alternative music so I just wanted to combine all three of those for the sound. And the type of person I am, I just find darkness interesting in a way. I just love songs that sound like a little crazy, I think it creates an interesting juxtaposition between my voice because it is so bright, and soft, and like pretty, and sweet that I don't want my music to come across sweet or nice. I do like the opposite, so I think of something that's dark and heavy and then I put like sweet and light on top.[70]

After The Stunners disbanded, Tinashe "bought a bunch of equipment, a camera, and microphones", and began to teach herself how to record and mix music. She's written and recorded many of her songs in her bedroom. She also filmed and edited her own music videos with Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro, and uses Logic Pro to produce her beats. Tinashe cites YouTube as her "teacher".[71]

Tinashe's style has been compared by industry critics and fans to Mýa, The Weeknd, James Blake, and the late singer Aaliyah.[72]

Influences[edit]

Tinashe was inspired by the music her parents would play in the house when she was young. She calls Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Sade her main inspirations:[73][74]

I think that they're all iconic in some type of way. They're all amazing singers, performers and that live aspect is something I admire. I always want to put on a great live show.[75][76]

Janet Jackson is an influence for her stage presence and dance style.[77]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Tinashe discography
Studio albums

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cora Unashamed Josephine Television film
2001 Call Me Claus Young Lucy Television film
2003 Masked and Anonymous Mrs. Brown's Daughter
2004 Time Out Shawnee Short film
2004 The Polar Express Hero Girl
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Various role Voice
2006 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party Carrie Baker Voice
2006 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes Carrie Baker Voice
2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Secret Adventures Carrie Baker Voice
2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Carrie Baker Voice
2011 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Herself
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Rocket Power Leialni Makani Voice; "Island of the Menhune" (Season 3, Episode 24)
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender On Ji Voice; "The Headband" (Season 3, Episode 2)
2007 Out of Jimmy's Head Robin Voice; Main role
2008–09 Two and a Half Men Celeste Burnett Recurring role (Season 67)

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