Known for acting roles including Zoe Vaughn on MTV's Scream series, Kiana Ledé 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 recording debut soon after with "Do the Mermaid" for an animated film. "Hey Chica," her first single, followed in 2012 and appeared on the soundtrack for the second Smurfs movie. For a few years, Ledé was visible more as an actor than a singer. Signed to Orange Factory Music, she began recording piano ballads (including covers of contemporary hits), as heard on the 2015 EP Soulfood Sessions. A year later, she issued the holiday-themed Christmas by Ledé.
A series of singles, including "I Choose You" and "FairPlay," arrived on the UMG-distributed Republic label during 2017, with a remix of the latter track landing on her third effort, Selfless, which was released in 2018. That year, Ledé starred in the Netflix comedy All About the Washingtons with Rev Run and his wife, Justine Simmons. A remix of the Selfless album track "EX," with rapper Lil Baby, was issued in early 2019, followed later in the year by the EP Myself. In April 2020, she released her full-length debut, KiKi. Ledé co-wrote all the tracks on the album, which was executive produced by Mike Woods and featured appearances by Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye, 6LACK, and Moneybagg Yo. ~ Andy Kellman