Keeana and her sister were raised by a single mother and from a young age Keeana worked various jobs to help support her family. She attended modeling school at age seventeen and soon realized the grueling reality of the business — but Keeana stayed tough and focused, avoided drugs and partying, and believing in herself regardless of rejection or humiliation.
When she began taking singing lessons, Keeana's coach called her “kitten,” poking fun at her weak sound. But Keeana quickly found a soulful timbre that is often compared to Sia and Rihanna, and after moving to the UK began performing in bars and clubs around London, further developing her performance skills. She began to learn piano and guitar and write her own songs, inspired by her idols Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Beyonce.
Keeana began singing while lived in London. She performed live at local bars with the cover band while writing her own music.
In 2014, her dream to be a performer brought her to the US, where she began working on her first EP.