Kiana Ledé Brown (born April 3, 1997) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and pianist currently based in Los Angeles, California. She starred as Zoe Vaughn on the second season of MTV's horror series Scream. Ledé stars as Veronica Washington on Netflix's original series All About the Washingtons
Early life and education
As an infant, Ledé began to sing the alphabet immediately after learning it and began performing at the age of 3 upon receiving her first karaoke machine. As a child, Ledé began to regularly perform in school plays and beauty pageants while taking voice lessons and piano study. She attended Mountain Pointe High School.
In 2011, Ledé's mother discovered Kidz Bop, a website for kids to upload and share videos of themselves performing. She uploaded a video of Ledé performing an original number on the piano, with Brown selected as a finalist. After performing Adele's "Someone Like You" to earn her a place in the Top 4, Brown won the 2011 KIDZ Star USA Grand Prize out of 45,000 submissions, the largest national talent competition for kids ages 15 and under.
At a school assembly, Ledé was told that she won the national talent search by American Idol winner Kris Allen. The prize included a RCA Records recording contract and starring role in the Kidz Bop 21 music video and commercial. Allen said after seeing her live, "She went from 'She's good' to 'She is no doubt gonna win this thing."
Ledé said she had the opportunity to listen to and select from her top three song choices. After considering and listening to the songs, she said she chose her first single “Hey Chica” because of the upbeat tempo. The song was released June 19, 2012. Brown has performed the song on The Today Show and 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She also performed "Do The Mermaid" from Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2.
In 2012, Ledé was named cover girl for Miss Moxie's Holiday 2012 issue. The site praised "Hey Chica" for promoting "clear message of self empowerment and encourages young women to feel beautiful in their own skin."
In 2016, Ledé was cast in the series regular role as Zoe Vaughn on the second season of MTV's Scream.
Following her departure from RCA Records, Ledé signed with Republic Records and released her debut EP Myself in July 2018. The EP includes her breakout song "Ex", which has become her first top 10 hit on the US R&B Songs chart, peaking at number nine.
Ledé's debut album, Kiki came out on April 3rd, 2020.