Kiana Brown is an American singer and actor. She is best known as a soul and R&B singer who rose to fame after winning the 2011 'KIDZ Star USA' competition. The victory earned her a contract with 'RCA Records.' She has composed a few tracks and is a professional pianist, too. Kiana garnered accolades with her debut single 'Hey Chica,' which was a massive hit. Although she has established her name as a singer, Kiana began her career with acting. After a few brief appearances, she finally received her acting breakthrough in MTV's horror series 'Scream.'
Kiana grew up with a deep passion for music. Highly inspired by Britney Spears, Kiana would sing her songs, dance to her tracks, and copy her mannerisms. Soon, she began training in music. In 2011, Kiana’s mother shared a few videos of Kiana’s piano performances on 'Kidz Bop,' a website for children who excel in performing arts. Kiana was in her school’s sophomore year when she discovered the 'KIDZ Star USA' competition and was immediately allured by its first prize, which was a recording contract with 'RCA Records.' Kiana’s soulful rendition of the track 'Someone Like You' by Adele earned her a spot among the top ten contestants. With some more incredible performances, Kiana reached the finals. She sang Leona Lewis's 'Bleeding Love' in the grand finale held in New York. With over two million votes, Kiana was declared the winner of the competition. The victory was announced by 'American Idol' winner and 'Talent Search' judge Kris Allen during a surprise ‘Mountain Pointe’ school assembly. She was awarded a recording contract with 'RCA Records' and a chance to play the lead in a 'Kidz Bop 21' music video and TV commercial. Kiana got her music career breakthrough in 2012. She was given a choice of three songs, of which she selected 'Hey Chica.' The track later became her debut single. The upbeat track is dedicated to women empowerment and encourages self-love. The track was an instant hit, and Kiana became a star. She performed the song on ‘NBC’s 'The Today Show' and at the 86th 'Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.' The same year, Kiana sang 'Do the Mermaid' for the computer-animated adventure film 'Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2.' Kiana featured as the cover girl for the 2012 holiday issue of the journal 'Miss Moxie.' In 2015, Kiana released her debut EP, 'Soulfood Sessions,' under the music label 'Orange Factory Music.' The following year, her second EP, 'Christmas by Ledé,' was released. The single 'Fairplay' from the album 'Selfless' is Kiana’s original composition. She wrote the song after a terrible break-up, which motivated her to infuse a feeling of empowerment into the song. The video of the track was shot in New Orleans. Her latest song is the single 'Big Spender,' featuring Prince Charlez, from the 2018 romantic thriller 'Fifty Shades Freed.'
Kiana has a successful career in acting, too. However, her acting stint started long before her music career. In 2006, Kiana appeared as herself in 'Temporary Dreams' on 'Vimeo.' The same year, she had a brief role in the thriller 'Deadlands: The Rising.' Kiana played ‘Riley’ in the 2015 web series 'Guidance.' Kiana’s most prominent acting project has been the ‘MTV’ horror series 'Scream.’ She portrayed ‘Zoe Vaughn’ in the second season of the series.
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Kiana was born Kiana Ledé Brown, on April 3, 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her mother’s name is Shakira Matherly.
Kiana displayed her inclination toward music when she was a toddler. She would sing the alphabets and soon started performing on her karaoke machine. Kiana attended 'Mountain Pointe High School,' where she was an active participant in plays and beauty pageants. She simultaneously began taking music and piano lessons. Kiana has also worked with Luke Brooks, a member of the 'YouTube' group known as the 'Janoskians.’ She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
All of Kiana’s friends and family members call her “Kiki.” Apart from the piano, she is proficient in playing the drums, the violin, and the guitar. She loves sushi and ‘Takis.’ Kiana dreams of collaborating with Beyoncé someday. She also wishes to share screen space with Zac Efron. Kiana idolizes popular TV personality, fashion designer, and author Lauren Conrad. Women artists SZA, Kehlani, and Rihanna are her sources of inspiration.