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29 April 2015
Tinashe Dishes on How She Started Fresh as a Solo Act and the Success of Her Single “2 On”
Posted by Mae in Interviews

Tinashe is one of those rare performers who knows how to bring the hype while keeping it chill. With a downbeat album that’s perfect both during and after the party, it’s no surprise she’s the latest industry obsession. With an impressive resume at the ripe age of 22, there’s more to the artist than meets the ear.

GOING SOLO
Like so many performers, Tinashe began her independent singing career because of a breakup—but not the kind you might be thinking of. “The split of The Stunners is what pushed me to create my own material,” she says of the former girl group who is best remembered as the opening act during Justin Bieber’s first ever concert.

MAKING MOVES
The star’s silky voice and fresh West Coast sound caught the attention of RCA, who signed the songstress after she submitted two mix tapes that were recorded in her home studio. “That’s where I feel like I can get really personal,” Tinashe explains.

AQUARIUS RISING
Tinashe proved she was more than just a pretty face with the top 40 debut of her single “2 On” which sent waves through the contemporary R&B community. “It’s very different from the pop stuff I was doing with the group; it was nice that I was able to create my own material.”

BEAUTY AND THE BEAT
The success of the single led her first studio album with the label. “They weren’t just interested in me for being a cute girl,” she says of her reason for signing. So what inspired this new voice to become a recording artist in the first place? “No one ever told me I couldn’t.”

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(Source: Teen Vogue)

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