Known for acting roles including Zoe Vaughn on MTV's Scream series, Kiana Ledé Brown has also been active as a pop and R&B vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from a young age. After landing a contract with major-label RCA by winning Kidz Bop's Kidz Star USA talent competition in 2011, she made her recorded debut the following year at the age of 14 with "Do the Mermaid" for the animated film Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2. "Hey Chica," her first single, followed shortly thereafter on RCA and appeared on the 2013 soundtrack for The Smurfs 2. For a few years, Brown was visible more as an actor than a singer.
Signed to Orange Factory Music, she eventually began recording piano ballads (including covers of contemporary hits) as Kiana Ledé, as heard on the 2016 EP Soulfood Sessions. A varied handful of singles, including "I Choose You" and "FairPlay," arrived on the UMG-distributed Republic label during 2017.