Tinashe: 'It's hard to gain credibility in music'

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Singer-songwriter Tinashe stopped by the Malibu bar to enjoy specialty cocktails at Live Nation’s National Concert Day at Irving Plaza on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Malibu)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Malibu specialty cocktails are seen at the Live Nation’s National Concert Day sponsored by Malibu at Irving Plaza on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Malibu)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Malibu specialty cocktails are seen at the Live Nation’s National Concert Day sponsored by Malibu at Irving Plaza on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Malibu)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (L-R) Bryce Soderberg and Jason Wade of the band Lifehouse stopped by the Malibu bar to enjoy specialty cocktails at the Live Nation’s National Concert Day at Irving Plaza on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Malibu)
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By CHELSEA HUANG

Tinashe, the petite powerhouse featured on Nick Jonas' "Jealous" remix and recent breakout hits like "All Hands on Deck," isn't as new to showbiz as you might think.

The 22-year-old, who lists Sade, Janet Jackson and James Blake as her inspirations, made her radio debut last year with "2 On," and she doesn't want you to think her success happened overnight.

"I've been working toward it for as long as I can remember. I'm not just like a cute girl who doesn't really have an opinion behind my music because I'm very much involved behind the creative aspects of my materials," she told AOL.

Credibility is huge for Tinashe, who previously had a stake in the acting world, with a recurring role on "Two and a Half Men" and voice work for various animation projects.

"With acting, it's so much more by the book. You go on auditions, you meet the people you get cast for parts, but that's really not how the music industry is," she said. "I think it's easier for people who aren't really musicians to make an album just to see how it goes -- or just to be bored one day. Because it's happened so much in the past, it's harder to garner credibility."

Tinashe has a big summer ahead of her. She'll be joining "No Flex Zone" singers Rae Sremmurd on tour with Nicki Minaj starting in July. The budding star kicked it all off with Malibu Rum at Live Nation's National Concert Day earlier this week -- the coconut liquer and rum blend will be hosting pop-up shops at select music festivals and shows around the country.

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