Kiana Ledé has been singing her entire life, literally. From the moment she learned to sing the alphabet, discerning the melodic sentiments that come along with the nostalgic childhood tune, the 22-year-old artist relentlessly immersed herself in forming her velvety voice into what is heard on her latest release, Myself.
The six-song EP is completely Ledé, save for a resounding verse from Migos member Offset on the summer-ready bop “Bouncin'” and relationship advice being dropped by the legendary Jenifer Lewis on the acoustic track “Heavy.”
Comprehensively, Myself encapsulates feelings and emotions of anxiety, dread, love, hurt, and pain into a neat package for anyone who thinks they’re alone. Kiana’s honesty and soothing voice warmly wraps around the heart as if to say, “It’ll be okay, keep going.” Through her music, Kiana wants to empower and sing confidence into the hearts of those who listen.
Speaking with the burgeoning R&B singer about the making of Myself, Kiana was vulnerable enough to open up with Uproxx about her past relationships, the road to discovering who she is, and dealing with mental health. Read an edited and condensed version of our conversation below.
When was that moment you realized you wanted to be a singer?
There wasn’t really one moment. It was kind of something I always knew I wanted to do. I tell the story of me singing the alphabet and changing the melodies and I just never stopped. It became like a third language. I was getting in trouble for a long time and my mom taught me how to use it as a superpower, not a weakness. I started to get focused on music at a very young age.