The undisputed Queen of Chicago R&B, Tink, is equipped to take global R&B by storm. Adorned with a luscious singing voice, Tink’s lyrical prowess continues to define and underscore her forte: her pen. The “Treat Me Like Somebody” singer has the uncanny ability to bottle the truest emotions of a woman and put them on wax . “We’re so scared to talk about real issues, we only talk about what happens in the club,” she says. “You get soul in your music by digging deep, not by making content from the surface.”
Born on the southside of Chicago, Tink’s mother was a choir singer and her father a pianist, guitarist and engineer, who doubled their basement into a home studio. Music has continued to be a consistent and constant thread for Tink, from the beginning. Her father’s basement is where she spent much of her adolescent years, the place she honed her craft. When she wasn’t singing in church (her first musical experience), the R&B beauty spent hours listening to her father’s record collection. By age 12, the creative writing-lover began experimenting with poetry and writing her own lyrics. At that moment, Tink found her wings – the butterfly blossomed.
Despite graduating the head of the class, the valedictorian-turned-artist chose to pursue her dreams of superstardom over college. She built a rabid local buzz with the release by consistently releasing two mixtapes a year from 2012-2014 –– Winter’s Diary being the most popular of the slew of releases. On Winter’s Diary, she rediscovered her poetic roots and realized she was the diamond in the rough, in a city saturated by gangster rap.
Her 2014 collaboration with Da Internz birthed the breakout hit “Don’t Tell Nobody” Ft. Jeremih. The collaboration with Jermih caught the ear of super producer Timberland, who then introduced Tink to LA Reid and Epic Records. After a short stint with Epic, thwarted by the instability to have creative control, Tink took her career in her own hands. After parting ways with Epic, in 2015, Tink continued her Winter’s Diary series with the release of Winter’s Diary 3, 2016’s Winter’s Diary 4. She broke away from the Winter’s Diary series with her Pain & Pleasure EP release in 2018, followed by her 2019 Voicemails project. In 2020, unbridled by Covid-19, Tink signed a distribution deal with EMPIRE records and returned to her roots accelerating the rate of her releases with the drop of Hopeless Romantic, immediately followed by A Gift And A Curse, featuring the hit, “Bottom Bitch,” and fan-favorite, “Cap.” Now, in 2021, Tink is poised to reclaim her throne, not only as Chicago’s R&B sweetheart, but the world’s.