Contemporary R&B singer and songwriter Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, or simply Tinashe, was known for her recurring role on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, in which she appeared during the sixth and seventh seasons. She also worked as a voice actor and as a model prior to scoring a Top 25 pop hit with her breakthrough single “2 On.”
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, she moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s. During the tail-end of the 2000s, after she had established her acting career, she joined the Stunners, a short-lived teen pop group that recorded for Columbia and Republic and opened for Justin Bieber during his My World tour. After the group’s 2011 split, Tinashe went solo with a low-key contemporary R&B direction, released mixtapes, and ultimately signed with RCA. In 2013, she collaborated with Jacques Greene on the one-off track “Painted Faces” and released her third mixtape, Black Water, near the end of the year.
In January 2014, she made her RCA debut with “2 On,” a rattle-and-snap track on which she was joined by ScHoolboy Q. It reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Appearances on Erik Hassle’s “Innocence Lost” and RZA’s “Doctor” followed through that May. Her debut album, Aquarius, landed in October and debuted at number 17. The singles “Party Favors” and “Player” preceded the follow-up Joyride, planned for 2015 with collaborators including Boi-1da, Dev Hynes, and Max Martin.
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