Placing herself as one of the boldest R&B songstresses of 2020, gold-selling Phoenix-raised and Los Angeles-based artist Kiana Ledé reveals her highly anticipated full-length debut, KIKI, today. The album was Executive Produced by longtime collaborator Mike Woods while Kiana co-wrote the entire project as well.
Continuing the momentum, Kiana releases the video to her new single Chocolate which features an appearance from Ari Lenox. Shot during the period of mandated self isolation, the video was shot entirely over FaceTime.
In recognition of the global struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, she said;
“Music is therapy. It will always be therapy for me. I hope Kiki gives you a little entertainment while you’re stuck inside. Maybe it offers some comfort. Donate, do what you can do in your community, and stay home! Jessie J once told me, ‘Be the soundtrack for the good things you do in life, especially during the bad and shitty times’. I tried to do that by telling a true story.”
For the listener trying to get an insight into who Kiki actually is? This full-length debut reveals every side of herself: the vulnerability, the vitality, the anger, the lust, the loyalty, the joy, the darkness, and the truth as evinced on song
Long before all of this, the songstress “from South Phoenix with Black, Mexican, Native American, and White ancestry” grew up between divorced parents. She played classical instruments and competed in pageants—but popped wheelies on dirt bikes and got under the hood to fix a car or two. Eventually, an adventurous spirit carried her from Arizona to Los Angeles where she began a journey that comes full circle in 2020.