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This article is about the American female singer and actress. For the British male singer, see Tinashé.
Tinashe at Hot 97 "Who's Next" concert
Background information
Birth name Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe
Born (1993-02-06) February 6, 1993 (age 21)
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop, R&B[1]
Occupations Actress, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels RCA
Associated acts The Stunners, Legacy
Website www.tinashenow.com

Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe (born February 6, 1993),[2] is an American singer-songwriter, record producer[citation needed], dancer, actress and former model. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her musical career as a member of the five-piece girl group The Stunners, before embarking on a solo career.

After the disbandment of the Stunners in 2011, Tinashe released two critically acclaimed mixtapes In Case We Die (2012) and Reverie (2012). After the release of the mixtapes, Tinashe signed with RCA Records in 2012. She released her third mixtape Black Water (2013) and is currently working on her debut solo album Aquarius, due for release in September 2014.[3] Tinashe released her debut single "2 On", in January 2014. The song has managed to peak at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her first Top 40 hit single.[4]

Apart from music, Tinashe is known for her acting. Tinashe made her acting debut in the television film Cora Unashamed (2000). Tinashe has also voiced for the film The Polar Express alongside actor Tom Hanks. From 2008 to 2009 Tinashe had a recurring role in American sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Early life[edit]

Tinashe was born in Kentucky. Her father is from Zimbabwe and she has Irish/Norwegian/Danish ancestry,[5] along with her two younger brothers, Thulani and Kudzai.[6][unreliable source?] At age eight she moved to Los Angeles, California where she later attended Crescenta Valley High School for a year before finishing early.[7][not in citation given] Tinashe’s father, who had connections in the theater industry, helped Tinashe start her career from an early age; she started with baby modeling.[8] Before starting a music career, she acted and appeared in movies and TV shows alongside actors such as Tom Hanks and Charlie Sheen.[9]

Musical career[edit]

2007–2011: Career beginnings with The Stunners[edit]

Tinashe performing with the Stunners at KISS FM 103.5 on April 30, 2010.

Tinashe spent two years as a member of the girl group The Stunners, founded by Vitamin C.[5] She quickly joined Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, Kelsey Sanders (later replaced by Lauren Hudson in 2009) and Marisol Esparza to form the Stunners.[7][10][11] Six months later, the group signed with Columbia Records and released a single titled "Bubblegum" to iTunes along with the official video for the single and as contributed a song to the iCarly soundtrack.[12] The single and video were later removed from iTunes. In December 2008 Sanders left the group to pursue her acting career[13] and was substituted by Lauren Hudson. In 2009, the group left Columbia Records[14] and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, who also produced a scripted television show pilot based on the group, which was ordered by MTV.[14][15] In October of that year, the girls released a 5-song EP influenced by Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna[13] and shot a music video for their promo single "We Got It" which was released on February 22, 2010.[14]

The group performed the song on The Today Show[16] as well as The Wendy Williams Show.[14][17] After meeting with various labels interested in the group, they signed to Universal Republic Records[14] in 2010 and released their first single "Dancin' Around the Truth" which featured the New Boyz to iTunes as well as Top 40 radio stations.[18] The music video premiered June 2, just before the group was announced as an opening act on Justin Bieber's My World Tour.[19] They released a holiday single in December 2010, produced by Desmond Child, and written by the five members of the group,[20] titled "Santa Bring My Soldier Home" and encouraged donations the USO for soldiers overseas, not with their families for the holidays.[17]

They finished their run after twenty dates on the tour and returned to LA to record new songs with producers and writers such as Toby Gad, The Cataracs, Dave Broome,[21] Livvi Franc,[22] Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal of No Doubt fame.[23] They shot a fourth music video in the desert of California in November for their new song "Spin The Bottle" which premiered on December 31, 2010. A full album along with an official second single titled "Heart Stops Beating", written by Tinashe and Allie and produced by Orange Factory Music was planned,[24] but cancelled when the group split in 2011.[14][25][26]

2011–2013: Mixtapes and record deal[edit]

After the Stunners officially disbanded, Tinashe began pursuing a solo career.[27][unreliable source?] She also announced via her official Twitter page that she would be singing the theme song to the CW show Shedding for the Wedding. On May 3, 2011, Tinashe gave her first televised solo performance in front of 57,000 people during the Dodgers VS. Cubs baseball game singing the National Anthem, "God Bless America".[28][29] She released her first solo music video, a cover of Lil Wayne's single "How to Love".[30][unreliable source?][9][not in citation given] The song was later released as a free digital download via Tinashe's official website.[31][32] Following the video's release Tinashe confirmed she had officially been released from her recording contract with Universal Republic.[33][unreliable source?] Announced on August 5, 2011, Tinashe was featured on the dance single "Artificial People" by the music production company OFM, the single was released on September 12, 2011.[34] On November 25, 2011 Tinashe released the music video for "Can't Say No", her first original solo song.[35] The track samples Britney Spears's song "Blur" from her sixth studio album Circus.[36][unreliable source?] The song was released for download on November 28, 2011.[37][38][unreliable source?]

Tinashe in 2012.

February 2012 saw the release of In Case We Die, Tinashes debut solo mixtape.[39] The mixtape released four singles, the first being promotional song "Chainless" which was released to iTunes the December 19, 2011.[40] The first official single from the mixtape "My High" was released for streaming on her official website.[41] The second official single released from In Case We Die was announced as "This Feeling". The music video was released on May 1, 2012 to GlobalGrind.com.[42][43] The mixtapes final single Boss was released August 20, 2012 just after the song was featured in an episode of the VH1 series Single Ladies.[44] The music video debuted on August 14, 2012 and was self-directed and co-written by Tinashe and Jt Ervin.[44][45][46] The mixtape was received positively by the blogosphere.[47]

On July 13, 2012 Tinashe announced she had signed with RCA Records.[44][48] Following Tinashe signing to RCA she released her second mixtape Reverie on September 6, 2012 through her official website.[49] The Mixtape released three singles, the first "Stargazing" was released on August 21, 2012, the second "Ecstasy" was released on December 18, 2012 and the final single from the mixtape "Who Am I Working For?", the video for the song was released on March 12, 2013.[50] Upon its release, reviews for Reverie were generally positive.[51] Tumblr blogger Yakk compared Tinashe's use of "more underground sounds and gaining interest in the music industry" to Frank Ocean and The Weeknd.[52]

From August to November 2012, a series of remixes of songs from Tinashe's two mixtapes leaked online to critical acclaim.[53][54][55][not in citation given] On November 5, 2012 Tinashe hinted that she was working on an EP compiled of remixes, which was later confirmed.[56][57] Tinashe is currently working on her debut studio album.[58] Her debut album is set to be released in 2013 and Tinashe has been recording the album in New York.[8] Tinashe has been working with producers including Clams Casino, Ryan Hemsworth,[59] T-Minus, Boi-1da, Fisticuffs, Best Kept Secret and Ritz Reynolds.[1] On April 9, 2013 Tinashe released a collaboration single with producer Jacques Greene, titled Painted Faces via Adidas Originals and Yours Truly's campaign "Songs From Scratch".[60] On November 26, 2013 Tinashe released her third Mixtape Black Water [61]

2014: Debut studio album[edit]

On January 13, 2014, Tinashe released "2 On", a song featuring American rapper Schoolboy Q and produced by DJ Mustard, as the first single from her debut album.[62][63] The song has since peaked at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[64] On June 29, 2014, Tinashe made her national television debut, performing her hit single "2 On" at the BET Awards pre-show and also announced that her anticipated debut album Aquarius, would be officially released in September.[65]


Tinashe describes her musical style as a mixture of "urban, rhythmic and pop", with influences from indie, alternative, and hip hop. She said that, musically, she is "attracted to darker vibes and darker moods" as well as using "light, higher and softer voice". Tinashe cites Christina Aguilera as her main inspiration and artists Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Sade as influences.[1]

She has been compared by industry critics to the late singer Aaliyah and The Weeknd.[66]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details


List of mixtapes
Title Album details
In Case We Die
  • Released: September 6, 2012[68]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Black Water
  • Released: November 26, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download[69]


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"2 On"
(featuring Schoolboy Q)
2014 27 7 53 26 Aquarius

Album appearances[edit]

List of songs, showing year released, artist and album name
Title Year Album
"Away from Your Heart"
(Legacy featuring Tinashe)
2010 Your New Favorite Rapper
"Cold Heart"
(Legacy featuring Tinashe)
(Bobby Brackins featuring Tinashe)
2011 Pimp Hand Strong
(Legacy featuring Tinashe)
2013 Dolo
"One for Me"
(Ryan Hemsworth featuring Tinashe)
Guilt Trips
"Innocence Lost"
(Erik Hassle featuring Tinashe)
2014 Somebody's Party

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Bubblegum" 2009 N/A
"Dancin' Around the Truth"
(featuring New Boyz)
2010 Smallz and Raskind
"Away from Your Heart"
(Legacy featuring Tinashe)
Dominic Thomas
"Spin the Bottle" Travis John
"How to Love" 2011 Dominic Thomas / Tinashe
"Cake" Justin Tripping
"Artificial People" Tinashe
"We Found Love"
"Can't Say No"
"Chainless" Bobby Brackins & Nic Nac
"My High"[41][70] 2012 Version 1 - Tinashe
Version 2 - Aquavis Warfield
"This Feeling" Cole Walliser
"Fading" Tinashe
"Ecstasy" Smallz and Raskind
"Who Am I Working For?" 2013 Tinashe
(featuring Travi$ Scott)
"2 On"
(featuring Schoolboy Q)
2014 Hannah Lux


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cora Unashamed Josephine TV film
2001 Call Me Claus Young Lucy TV film
2003 Masked and Anonymous Mrs. Brown’s Daughter Theatrical film
2004 Time Out Shawnee Short film
2004 The Polar Express Hero Girl CGI motion capture model
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Various ADR cast
2006 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party Carrie Baker Direct-to-video release
2006 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes Carrie Baker Direct-to-video release
2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Secret Adventures Carrie Baker Direct-to-video release
2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Carrie Baker Direct-to-video release
2011 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Herself Cameo in the Director's Fan Cut
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender On Ji Episode: “The Headband”
2007 Out of Jimmy's Head Robin Recurring role; 4 episodes
2008–2009 Two and a Half Men Celeste Burnett Recurring role; 3 episodes


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