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Tinashe in 2012
Background information
Birth nameTinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe
Born(1993-02-06) February 6, 1993 (age 21)
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop, R&B[1]
OccupationsActress, singer-songwriter
Years active2000–present
Associated actsThe Stunners, Legacy
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Tinashe in 2012
Background information
Birth nameTinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe
Born(1993-02-06) February 6, 1993 (age 21)
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop, R&B[1]
OccupationsActress, singer-songwriter
Years active2000–present
Associated actsThe Stunners, Legacy

Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe (born February 6, 1993),[2] known mononymously as Tinashe, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and former model. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her career as one member of the five-piece girl band 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 is currently working on her debut solo album, due for release in 2014.[3]

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 as well as starring in Akeelah and the Bee (2006). From 2008 to 2009 Tinashe had a recurring role in American sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Early life[edit]

Tinashe is a Kentucky native of Zimbabwean and Irish/Norwegian/Danish ancestry,[4] along with her two younger brothers Thulani and Kudzai.[5][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.[6][not in citation given] Tinashe’s father who had connections in the theater industry, helped Tinashe start her career from an early age starting with baby modeling.[7] Before starting a music career, she was an actress, and appeared in movies and TV shows with actors such as Tom Hanks and Charlie Sheen.[8]


2007–2011: The Stunners and Solo beginnings[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.[4] She quickly joined Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko, Kelsey Sanders (later replaced by Lauren Hudson in 2009) and Marisol Esparza to form the Stunners.[6][9][10] After forming in 2007, The Stunners signed a record deal from Columbia Records.[11] The group subsequently bought out of their contract with Columbia, and received a scripted television show in development with MTV based on the group's lives.[12] In October of that year, the girls released a 5-song EP.[12] They released a holiday single in December 2009, produced by Desmond Child titled "Santa Bring My Soldier Home".[13] The group performed the song on The Today Show as well as The Wendy Williams Show.[12][14][15] They signed to Universal Republic Records,[6][12] and were announced as an opening act on Justin Bieber's My World Tour.[6][16] They recorded and wrote their album with musicians such as Sheppard Soloman, Jimmy Harry and Tony Kanal of No Doubt fame.[17] 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,[18][dead link] but cancelled when the group split in 2011.[12][19]

After the Stunners officially disbanded, Tinashe began pursuing a solo career.[20][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".[21][22] She released her first solo music video, a cover of Lil Wayne's single "How to Love".[23][unreliable source?][8][not in citation given] The song was later released as a free digital download via Tinashe's official website.[24][25] Following the video's release Tinashe confirmed she had officially been released from her recording contract with Universal Republic.[26][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.[27] On November 25, 2011 Tinashe released the music video for "Can't Say No", her first original solo song.[28] The track samples Britney Spears's song "Blur" from her sixth studio album Circus.[29][unreliable source?] The song was released for download on November 28, 2011.[30][31][unreliable source?]

2012–present: Mixtapes, RCA Records and Debut album[edit]

February 2012 saw the release of In Case We Die, Tinashes debut solo mixtape.[32] The mixtape released four singles, the first being promotional song "Chainless" which was released to iTunes the December 19, 2011.[33] The first official single from the mixtape "My High" was released for streaming on her official website.[34] 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.[35][36] 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.[37] The music video debuted on August 14, 2012 and was self-directed and co-written by Tinashe and Jt Ervin.[37][38][39] The mixtape was received positively by the blogosphere.[40]

On July 13, 2012 Tinashe announced she had signed with RCA Records.[37][41] Following Tinashe signing to RCA she released her second mixtape Reverie on September 6, 2012 through her official website.[42] 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.[43] Upon its release, reviews for Reverie were generally positive.[44] Tumblr blogger Yakk compared Tinashe's use of "more underground sounds and gaining interest in the music industry" to Frank Ocean and The Weeknd.[45]

From August to November 2012, a series of remixes of songs from Tinashe's two mixtapes leaked online to critical acclaim.[46][47][48][not in citation given] On November 5, 2012 Tinashe hinted that she was working on an EP compiled of remixes, which was later confirmed.[49][50]

Tinashe is currently working on her debut studio album.[51] Her debut album is set to be released in 2013 and Tinashe has been recording the album in New York.[7] Tinashe has been working with producers including Clams Casino, Ryan Hemsworth,[52] 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".[53] On November 26, 2013 Tinashe released her third Mixtape Black Water [54]

On January 13, 2014, Tinashe released "2 On", featuring American rapper Schoolboy Q, as the first single from her debut album.[55][56] The song peaked at number twenty-six on the UK R&B charts.[57]


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 artists including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Sade and Christina Aguilera as influences.[1]


2000Cora UnashamedJosephineTV film
2001Call Me ClausYoung LucyTV film
2003Masked and AnonymousMrs. Brown’s DaughterTheatrical film
2004Time OutShawneeShort film
2004The Polar ExpressHero GirlCGI motion capture model
2006Akeelah and the BeeVariousADR cast
2006Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise PartyCarrie BakerDirect-to-video release
2006Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas WishesCarrie BakerDirect-to-video release
2007Holly Hobbie and Friends: Secret AdventuresCarrie BakerDirect-to-video release
2007Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends ForeverCarrie BakerDirect-to-video release
2011Justin Bieber: Never Say NeverHerselfCameo in the Director's Fan Cut
2007Avatar: The Last AirbenderOn JiEpisode: “The Headband”
2007Out of Jimmy's HeadRobinRecurring role; 4 episodes
2008–2009Two and a Half MenCeleste BurnettRecurring role; 3 episodes



List of mixtapes
TitleAlbum details
In Case We Die
  • Released: September 6, 2012[58]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download
Black Water
  • Released: November 26, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download[59]


"Artificial People"
(with Orange Factory Music)
2011Non-album single
"Can't Say No"
  • Buzz single
In Case We Die
"My High"2012
"Staying Afloat"[60][61]Non-album single
"This Feeling"In Case We Die
"Who Am I Working For?"2013
"Painted Faces"
(with Jacques Greene)
Non-album single
(feat. Travi$ Scott)
Black Water
2 On
(feat. Schoolboy Q)

Album appearances[edit]

List of songs, showing year released, artist and album name
2010"Away From Your Heart" (Legacy featuring Tinashe)Your New Favorite Rapper
"Cold Heart"(Legacy featuring Tinashe)
2011"Cake" (Bobby Brackins featuring Tinashe)Pimp Hand Strong
2013"Eternity" (Legacy featuring Tinashe)Dolo
"One For Me" (Ryan Hemsworth featuring Tinashe)Guilt Trips

Music videos[edit]

2009"Bubblegum"UnknownWith The Stunners
2010"Dancin' Around The Truth (Feat. New Boyz)"Smallz and RaskindWith The Stunners
"Away From Your Heart (Feat. Tinashe)"Dominic ThomasLegacy of New Boyz mixtape "Your New Favorite Rapper", Rule Blind Films
"Spin The Bottle"Travis JohnWith The Stunners
2011"How to Love"Dominic Thomas/Tinashe
"Cake"Justin Trippingwith Bobby Brackins
"Artificial People"Tinashe
  • with OFM
  • Club visual
"We Found Love"Rihanna cover
"Can't Say No"
"Chainless"Bobby Brackins & Nic Nac
2012"My High"[34][62]Version 1 - Tinashe
Version 2 - Aquavis Warfield
  • Version 1 shot in February 2012
  • Version 2 shot in June 2012
  • Unreleased - both versions
"This Feeling"Cole Walliser
  • Clip from short horror film Ascendancy
written by Tinashe and Jt Milam
"Ecstasy"Smallz and Raskind
2013"Who Am I Working For?"Tinashe
"Vulnerable"UnknownFeat. Travi$ Scott


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