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Patience has been a virtue for R&B singer Tinashe

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It took a little longer than she hoped, but Tinashe is finally at the dawn of her age of "Aquarius."

" is the Los Angeles-based R&B singer's first full-length album (yes, she's an Aquarius herself), following three mixtapes and a series of false starts within the music industry. It's spawned the singles "2 On" (with Schoolboy Q) and "Pretend" (with A$Ap Rocky), and Tinashe says he's happy, and a bit relieved, to finally be on track.

"It's really awesome," says Tinashe (nee Kachingwe), 21, who also has an acting resume that includes "The Polar Express" and recurring roles in TV's "Two and a Half Men." "I've been wanting to do this for a long time, so to finally be able to put out a body of work I'm proud of, it's really nice. It's a good feeling.

"I definitely had days where I'd be annoyed things weren't happening fast enough, just being frustrated. That definitely happened. But I think the number one thing that's always kept me going is I never thought it wouldn't happen. I just kept going and knew it would."

Tinashe has had encouragement from other quarters, too. She guests on new albums by Nick Jonas and Calvin Harris, and she also has a song, "The Leap," on the Lorde-curated soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1."

"I'm a fan of 'The Hunger Games,' so being part of the soundtrack is obviously an honor," she notes. "I'd written that song for my album, and we got word that Lorde was looking for music for the soundtrack and I kinda had that song in the vault, so I sent that to them and they loved it, and I was really happy."

Tinashe plans to continue acting alongside her music career. But nothing is lined up at the moment, as she plans to keep her focus on music for awhile longer.

"Music has always been my passion, and I really want to make sure that people know me as a music artist first and foremost," she explains. "I think in the future I'll definitely get back into (acting), but for awhile I'm making sure to take a step back just to focus on (music) and make sure people knew I was focused and that it's something I take seriously and is not just something I'm trying to do for fun."

Tinashe and Clear Soul Forces

Friday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show and $75 VIP.

Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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