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Los Angeles upstart Tinashe

Tinashe's style has been compared by industry critics and fans to Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, and the late singer Aaliyah.

Los Angeles upstart Tinashe 2017-04-03

Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe born February 6, 1993) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and former model. She began her entertainment career at the age of three 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 later released her third mixtape, Black Water (2013).

Her debut single, 2 On, reached number one on the Rhythmic airplay chart, and peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her debut studio album Aquarius, released in 2014, was noted by music critics as one of the most solid debuts by a new female artist in years.

She has been nominated for a Soul Train Award in 2014 and was nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards. She also 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.

In 2007, Tinashe joined girl group The Stunners, founded by Vitamin C. Her bandmates were friends Marisol Esparza, Allie Gonino, and Kelsey Sanders.

Columbia

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.

We Got It

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.