MADISON – Tynan Sinks passed away at 12:30pm on Thursday, August 20th while on a quick day trip in Chicago, IL, at the age of 27, with the emotional maturity of a 14-year-old in a chat room.
For the preceding week-and-a-half, he had been talking incessantly about the return of his favorite artist, JoJo, after she casually announced that she would be releasing…
“Three singles. At the same time. She is so powerful. None of us are worthy.” He informed all of his friends.
Tynan was a loyal JoJo fan since the release of her first album, JoJo, in 2004, which spawned the worldwide smash Leave (Get Out) making her the youngest solo artist to have a number one single on Billboard in the US. His devotion to JoJo grew as she released her second album, The High Road, in 2006, the same year that Tynan received his high school diploma, by the skin of his teeth. The album’s lead single, Too Little Too Late broke Mariah Carey’s record for the biggest jump into Billboard’s top three in one week. Hi, haters.
Tynan began experiencing symptoms of depression as JoJo’s career began to face numerous obstacles thanks to the slow demise of her then record label, Blackground. She was trapped in a deal gone bad that with a label that wouldn't release any of her music.
Unwilling to let her label take control of career, she released her first mixtape, Can’t Take That Away From Me, on her own in 2010. It was a collection of 11 fully realized pop songs that were better than most mainstream releases that year. She then remixed Drake’s Marvin’s Room, rewriting it from a women’s perspective which got her buzzing all over the Internet, reintroduced an older JoJo to the world, and earned the appreciation of Drake himself.
After numerous false starts, including her first supposed comeback single Disaster, a very JoJo-esque “banger” that was received with critical acclaim, Demonstrate, produced by Noah “40” Shebib (Drake) for which a video was shot but both the single and video were never released, Blackground lost their distribution deal with Interscope but still refused to let JoJo out of her contract, essentially halting JoJo’s career.
Unwilling to stay silent, she released two more fire mixtapes, Agapé, on the 20 of December 2012 which was the biggest event of that month, completely outshining the birth of Christ, and #LoveJo, on Valentine’s Day 2014.
It was Tynan’s dying wish that when someone exclaims that “JoJo is back,” you remind them that JoJo never left.
In the week leading up to his demise, Tynan waited, constantly quaking, tears in his eyes, for the #TRINGLE. He cleared his schedule. He took off of work. He made sure that he would have nothing to do on Friday, so he could lock himself away in his apartment with the Holy #TRINGLE.
He told all of his friends, readying them for what was to come. But none of them were ready enough.
"I'm single and ready to #TRINGLE!" He exclaimed. He was so clever like that. Clever and attractive.
They would try to share in his enthusiasm, “I’m so excited for the Thringle!”
“It’s, the #TRINGLE.”
He was ready for the return of JoJo. Or so he thought.
On Thursday around noon, Tynan walked out of Pinkberry in Chicago, balancing the biggest order of frozen yogurt they would give him in one hand, and his iPhone in the other, when he received a notification.
Nine of your friends just shared a link www.iamjojoofficial.com
“SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED,” he exclaimed, as both his phone and his froyo toppled from his hands onto the table.
“Is everything OK?” his friend asked. As he looked into Tynan’s eyes welling up with tears, he knew.
“Oh my god. The #TRINGLE."
There, on the patio of Pinkberry, in the twilight Tynan’s life, his last moments here on earth, they listened.
First, there was "Say Love."
Tynan loved nothing more than a big power ballad. Soaring choruses, harmonies, vocal runs. JoJo serves it up, piping hot, and in a quick three minutes and thirty eight seconds, reminds you why she had such huge success so early in her career (but it’s not like you forgot.)
“I would honestly hate to be any other pop star at the moment,” Tynan was able to force out, through his dying breaths. “All of those other girls better cash it in right now.”
“Say Love” is honestly unfair.
And then, there was “Save My Soul,” a dark, haunting R&B midtempo that starts off quiet and launches itself into this enormous, emphatic chorus “You can’t save meeeeeyeayea.”
It gave Tynan slight “Cry Me A River” vibes, back when he was alive.
The #TRINGLE is rounded out by “When Love Hurts,” a bouncy, joyful song with verses that grab you by the dick, drive the song along, and launch you into this euphoric chorus.
It would have been easy to release a ballad penned by hit makers like Ryan Tedder or Sia, an R&B/electro-pop song for the dance floor produced by Mike WiLL or DJ Mustard, and a top 40 radio friendly bop with a feature from whoever is getting the most play right now, but JoJo never needs to rely on surefire formulas for success. She can pretty much do whatever she wants because she’s got the talent to make it work.
There were times when Tynan experienced frustration being a JoJo fan because, unlike many other young people in the public eye, recording artists especially, her setbacks were never self-imposed.
There were never trips to rehab or DUIs. There was only talent, and a deal gone bad with a sinking record label. Even after innumerable setbacks, JoJo never hung it up, only letting each one fuel her to keep working, keep releasing music even though she wouldn’t receive royalties from free downloads and mix tapes.
She showed us again and again that she not only deserved to be here, but wanted it more than anything.
Now, with a new deal with Atlantic records, a new era has just begun, and even though it ended one life, its about to change all of yours.