While other ninth graders were learning algebra and studying Romeo & Juliet
, Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe — better known as simply Tinashe — was working her way up in the music industry. She knew she didn't need a formal education in order to become a pop-R&B sensation, so she left high school to focus on her career. And now, at 21, Tinashe has a C.V. that would make most artists turn green with envy. A former girl-group member, skilled dancer, with three mixtapes under her belt, producer credits, and a set of pipes that can go from smoldering temptress to riot grrrl aggression like that
, Tinashe's a powerhouse.
She's been training for this moment since the age of four. After joining the short-lived group The Stunners at 14, Tinashe went on to work with Future and Schoolboy Q, while her peers buried their faces in final exams and college applications. Fast forward a few more years, and Tinashe's signed to a major label and started making waves in the underground scene. Her first single "2 On
," a dark-corner-of-the-club banger, showcases her unique blend of R&B bedroom jams and pop.
With indie producers like Ryan Hemsworth eating her material up, it's safe to say she's got fame in the bag. Now, with about six weeks left before the release of her first, official LP Aquarius
(dropping October 7, 2014), Tinashe's slated for big leagues. Sure, she's a newcomer, but celebrity, it would seem, has been pumping through her veins from day one.
Photographed by Aliya Naumoff; Make Up by Clarissa Luna; Styled by Willow Lindley