Tinashe is an American singer, record producer, songwriter, and model. She was one of those kids, who at a young age, knew what they wanted to be and started working towards it. She has released several studio albums and mixtapes, becoming an international star in the process.
Though beautiful and talented, Tinashe remains incredibly underrated; despite this, she has built an army of loyal fans who continually support her and her music. Here’s everything to know about the music star.
Biography & Age
Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe was born on the 6th of February, 1993, in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the eldest child of three born to two college professors, Michael and Aimie Kachingwe. Her name Tinashe means ‘We are with God’ in the Shona Language, the language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Tinashe and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was eight and the young songstress attended Crescenta Vally High School for a year before finishing early to pursue her dream of a career in music full time.
In 2012, Tinashe released her debut solo mixtape, In Case We Die, which was recorded in her home studio. The mixtape was received positively by music blogs and critics. On July 13, 2012, Tinashe was signed to RCA Records. After the signing, she released her second mixtape, Reverie on September 6, 2012. It was also well received.
Her billboard debut was a single off her first album, Aquarius. The song, 2 on, featured American Rapper Schoolboy Q and debuted at number 89 of the Billboard Hot 100. It went on to peak at number 24.
Her first solo album, Aquarius was released on October 7, 2014, to critical acclaim. The album debuted at number 17 of the Billboard 200 and was voted third in the top 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014.
In 2018, she released her second studio album, Joyride. Sadly, it was not as critically successful as her previous projects. It debuted at number 58 and made it to most international charts. Even though the album was not as much of a critical success as Aquarius, it recorded a similar commercial success.
Even though she’s spent a relatively short time in Hollywood and her music career is what one might consider budding, Tinashe has appeared in a few successful Hollywood projects and released two successful studio albums and has gone on three tours. She’s currently considered to be worth $6 million.
Tinashe is the child of two college professors, Michael and Aimie Kachingwe. Her father teaches acting at California State Polytechnic University and is a first-generation immigrant from Zimbabwe. Her mother teaches physical therapy at California State University, Northridge. The singer is of Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Irish and English descent.
Her parents met on a blind date during their time as undergraduates at the University of Iowa. The couple has three children – Tinashe, Thulani and Kudzai.
Tinashe has, during her short time in the limelight, dated a few high profile men. She was rumored to have been dating TY Dolla Sign but the two denied the claims and said they were just friends. She was also rumored to be dating Calvin Harris, but there was never any confirmation of their relationship. However, in November 2017, it was confirmed that Tinashe was dating NBA player, Ben Simmons. The couple broke up in May 2018 and current indications suggest that the singer is single.
Other Interesting Facts about Tinashe
1. She Writes Music In Her Car
While some might expect artists to go to a secluded mountain or studio to write music for their next projects, Tinashe writes in her car. The singer says she considers it an inspiring place for her to write and listen to music. Considering the quality of her work, it’s apparent that the trick working for her.
2. She’s A Badass
Tinashe also has a black belt in Taekwondo, which may have been as a result of the bullying she faced as a child in public school. It is also a necessary skill for a female in a world of rampant sexual assaults. It doesn’t matter whatever rationalization you find for Tinashe’s fighting skills, the fact that the lady is a black belt holder in taekwondo, making officially a badass in our book.
3. She Started Performing At The Age Of Four
Tinashe started studying ballet, tap, and jazz at the age of 4 and for the next 14 years of her life, competed in various styles of dance as a crew member in a dance company until she was 18. It is a skill that is evident in her music videos and live shows.
4. She Was Part Of A Girl Group
In 2007, Tinashe joined girl group The Stunners which comprised of Marisol Esparza, Allie Gonino, Hayley Kiyoko and Kelsey Sanders. The Stunners got signed on to Columbia Records after six months of their formation and signed a production deal with Lionsgate Entertainment for a scripted show for MTV. Sadly, the band disbanded in 2011, leaving Tinashe to pursue a solo career. Her first televised solo performance was during a Dodgers-Cubs game, singing God Bless America.
5. She’s Also An Actress
Outside of music, Tinashe has appeared in several movies and television series including a recurring role on CBS hit show, Two and a Half Men.