Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe (born February 6, 1993), known mononymously as Tinashe, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, actress, director, 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 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.
- Aquarius (2014)
- Nightride (2016)
- Joyride (2018)
- Songs for You (2019)
- In Case We Die (2012)
- Reverie (2012)
- Black Water (2013)
- Amethyst (2015)
- Adorkable: She mostly shows this side of herself in interviews.
- Auto Erotica: From "Ride of Your Life":
- Bait-and-Switch: Most people who discovered her music because of "2 On" expected Aquarius to be full of uptempo party songs. Aside from "All Hands on Deck" and "Watch Me Work'', the album consists entirely of slow to mid-tempo R&B songs with fairly dark and introspective lyrics.
- Bare Your Midriff: Mostly in her live performances.
- Book-Ends: The opening and closing tracks on In Case We Die both contain the lyrics "I'm faded as a motherfucker right now".
- Break-Up Song: "Wildfire", "Far Side of the Moon", "I Tried", "Another Me", "Like I Used To"
- Cluster F-Bomb: She curses a lot in her music.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Her live performances are noted for having very high-energy choreography.
- Destructive Romance: "Wildfire" is about the end of one:You're poison running through my veins
End it with a spark into a pool of gasoline
Wildfire, flames rising
Hit me like a bullet
Finger on the trigger, pull it, pull it
Wildfire, burn baby, burn for me
- Distaff Counterpart: Most critics say that she is one to The Weeknd.
- Foreign Language Title: "C'est La Vie".
- Friends with Benefits: "Company" is all about this:I just need a moment, fuck and leave
You can say you had it all, no strings
I don't need the loving
So don't make this something
I'm nothing like a girlfriend
- Genre Shift: All of her albums and mixtapes so far have primarily been dark, alternative R&B, but starting in 2015 she's released some pure pop singles, such as "Player", "Superlove" and "Flame", to mixed reactions from fans.
- Gratuitous French: In "How Many Times", sampled from Janet Jackson's "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)".
- Intercourse with You: "How Many Times", "That", "Ecstasy", "My High", "Vulnerable", "Thug Cry", "Company", "Ooh La La".
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In interviews she pretty clearly pronounces her name as "Tee-nah-shay", with a long "I" sound, but most people pronounce it with a short "I" ("Tin-nah-shay").
- Last Note Nightmare: Two examples from Nightride, though they're both fairly mild.
Come to me...
- "Sacrifices" fades into silence at the end... for a few seconds, then suddenly Tinashe whispers "I will not be ignored" before cutting right to...
- ...The extended version of "Company". After the last chorus, the outro plays normally like in the single version, but instead of ending there the melody abruptly and dramatically slows down and Tinashe sings some additional lyrics with pitched-down vocals.
- Melismatic Vocals: Shows up on a number of her songs, such as "My High" which has multiple long vocal runs from the top to the bottom of her range.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Indigo Child", "High Speed Chase" and "Ain't Good For Ya" all clock in at about one minute. All three are called interludes, but they all have lyrics and distinct subject matter like the other songs on their respective albums.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her father is from Zimbabwe, while her mother is of Danish, Norwegian and Irish descent.
- Money Fetish: The first verse of "Sacrifices" talks about having sex on top of a pile of money.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially noticeable in the All Hands on Deck video.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe. "Tinashe" and "Kachingwe" are from the Shona language, while "Jorgenson" is Danish-Norwegian.
- Ode to Intoxication: "2 On" is, in Tinashe's words, all about "getting a little too hype, or a little too buzzed, or just feeling a little TOO good!" She apparently made the song in celebration of turning 21 (legal drinking age in the US).I love to get on, I love to get 2 on
When the drink be too strong, when the tree be way too strong
Get faded, turn up, pour it on up 'til I can't even think no more
Get ratchet, go dumb, then go more dumb, then we can keep it lit, let's roll
- The Power of Love: Essentially the message of "Thug Cry", though with a fair amount of sex added in.Cause that's how true love is supposed to be, ain't it?
When it feels so good it shakes all you believe, baby
- Rhyming with Itself: From "Superlove":I'm so in love, I'm passionate
Fuck that shit, I'm passionate
- Stepford Smiler: Discussed in "Pretend", where Tinashe's situation is the Depressed variety:If we pretend that I'm happy when I'm really not
Pretend that I give you everything I've got
Pretend that I'm there when I ain't there
Pretend that I care when I don't care
Now I pretend that everything's straight
When everything's just covered up like paint
- Textless Album Cover: Her fourth mixtape Amethyst and second studio album Nightride.
- Wall Bang Him: From "Sacrifices": "I'm gonna kiss you, pin you up against the wall"
- A Wild Rapper Appears!:
- Travi$ Scott on "Vulnerable".
- Schoolboy Q on "2 On".
- Future on "How Many Times".
- A$AP Rocky on "Pretend".
- Young Thug on "Party Favors" (only the single version).
- French Montana and Ty Dolla Sign in "Me So Bad".
- Tinashe discussed this in her Rap Genius annotation for Future's verse on "How Many Times", where she called out Schoolboy Q specifically:"I feel like the majority of the time I have had rap features they have not been about what the song is about [...] Like in 2 On, Schoolboy Qs verse had nothing to do with the song, but I was like, whatever. Where did that even come from, dude?"
- Your Cheating Heart: Implied in "Pretend":Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied