Tinashe performing with the Stunners at 103.5 KISS FM in 2010
|Born||Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe
February 6, 1993
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, known professionally as just Tinashe (born February 6, 1993), is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, actress and former model. 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. 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.
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.
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. Tinashe's name means "We are with God" in the Shona language which she speaks fluently. She has two younger brothers, Thulani and Kudzai. She and her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was eight years old. She attended Crescenta Valley High School for a year before finishing early to pursue a career in music full-time. 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.
2007–10: Career beginnings
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. 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 and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, who also produced a scripted television show pilot based on the group for MTV. 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. The music video for their promo single, "We Got It", was released on February 22, 2010.
The group performed the song "We Got It" on The Today Show, as well as The Wendy Williams Show. After meeting with various labels, they signed a deal to Universal Republic Records in 2010. They released a single, "Dancin' Around the Truth" on iTunes, as well as Top 40 radio stations. 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. 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, Livvi Franc, Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry, and Tony Kanal of No Doubt. A fourth music video for their song "Spin The Bottle", which was shot in the California desert, premiered on December 31, 2010. The group's full album was planned, but was ultimately scrapped, when the group split in 2011.
After The Stunners was officially disbanded, Tinashe began pursuing a solo career.[unreliable source?] On May 3, 2011, Tinashe gave her first televised solo performance during the Dodgers—Cubs game, singing "God Bless America". 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. Following the video's release, Tinashe confirmed she had officially been released from her recording contract with Universal Republic.[unreliable source?] Tinashe was featured on the dance single "Artificial People" by OFM, released on September 12, 2011. On November 25, 2011 Tinashe released the music video for "Can't Say No", her first original solo song. The track samples Britney Spears's song "Blur" from her sixth studio album, Circus.[unreliable source?] The song was released for download on November 28, 2011.
2011–14: Independent releases and Aquarius
In Case We Die, Tinashe's debut solo mixtape, was released in February 2012, recorded in her home studio. The mixtape spawned four singles, the first being promotional song, "Chainless", released to iTunes on December 19, 2011. "My High" was released for streaming on her official website. The music video for single "This Feeling" directed by Cole Walliser was released on May 1, 2012 to Global Grind. 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. The music video for the song was self-directed, and co-written by Tinashe and Jt Ervin. The mixtape was received positively by the blogosphere.
On July 13, 2012, Tinashe announced that she had signed with RCA Records. Following the signing, her second mixtape, Reverie, was released on September 6, 2012 through her official website. 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. Upon its release, reviews for Reverie were generally positive.
From August to November 2012, a series of remixes of songs from Tinashe's two mixtapes leaked online to critical acclaim. 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.
Tinashe worked on her debut studio album in 2014. Recording took place in Los Angeles, London, Atlanta, New York, and Toronto. Tinashe worked with several producers, including Clams Casino, Ryan Hemsworth, Stuart Matthewman, DJ Mustard, T-Minus, Mike Will Made It, Boi-1da, Fisticuffs, Best Kept Secret, Ritz Reynolds and London on the track. 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. The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 89, and has since peaked at number 24.
On June 29, 2014, Tinashe made her national television debut, performing her 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. 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". The second single, "Pretend" featuring ASAP Rocky, was released on August 22, 2014. "Aquarius" debuted at number 17 on Billboard 200 with 11,000 copies sold on its first week. Tinashe also 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 — (Cirkut, Ammo, Rock City, Jakob Kasher, Chloe Angelides), Max Martin and Taylor Parks on her upcoming second studio album. 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, and Smash David.
On September 2, 2015 Tinashe released a teaser for her second studio album Joyride on YouTube. On September 9, 2015 Tinashe released a promotional single called "Party Favors" featuring rapper Young Thug. On October 2, 2015, Tinashe released the album's first single, "Player", featuring Chris Brown.
Musical style and voice
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.
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".
Tinashe was inspired by the music her parents would play in the house when she was young. She cites Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Sade, and Christina Aguilera as her influences. She cited Aguilera as one of her biggest inspirations and her hero.
- 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.
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.
Tinashe lived with her parents, had a bedroom studio, and has a black belt in Taekwondo.
- Aquarius (2014)
- Joyride (2015)
- Opening act
- Iggy Azalea's The Great Escape Tour (2015) (cancelled)
- Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint Tour (2015)
- Katy Perry's The Prismatic World Tour (2015)
|2007||13||Unknown||Pre-Broadway season; The musical ran from January 7, 2007 through February 18, 2007 at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles|
|2000||Cora Unashamed||Josephine||Television film|
|2001||Call Me Claus||Young Lucy||Television film|
|2003||Masked and Anonymous||Mrs. Brown's Daughter|
|2004||Rocket Power||Leialni Makani||Voice; "Island of the Menhune" (Season 3, Episode 24)|
|2004||Time Out||Shawnee||Short film|
|2004||The Polar Express||Hero Girl||Motion capture only|
|2006||Akeelah and the Bee||Various roles||Voice|
|2006||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party||Carrie Baker||Voice|
|2006||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes||Carrie Baker||Voice|
|2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender||On Ji||Voice; "The Headband" (Season 3, Episode 2)|
|2007||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Secret Adventures||Carrie Baker||Voice|
|2007||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever||Carrie Baker||Voice|
|2007||Out of Jimmy's Head||Robin||Voice; Main role|
|2008||Two and a Half Men||Celeste Burnett||Recurring role; 2008–09|
|2011||Justin Bieber: Never Say Never||Herself|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Soul Train Music Awards||Best Dance Performance||"2 On" featuring Schoolboy Q||Nominated|
|2015||YouTube Music Awards||50 artists to watch||Herself||Won|
|BET Awards||Best New Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards||Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||"2 On"||Won|
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