At fourteen, Kristinia DeBarge met Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and spent four years developing her voice and writing skills.
At nineteen, DeBarge signed a record deal with Sodapop/Island Def Jam. Her debut album, "Exposed" was released on July 28, 2009. The album debuted at number 23 on Billboard's top 200. Her first single, "Goodbye" debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and later reached number 15 on the charts. The single sold over 2 million copies reaching Platinum status and later reaching Gold twice. The music video received an MTV VMA nomination. DeBarge opened up for pop singer Britney Spears, during the 2009 world tour, "The Circus Starring: Britney Spears" and received an NAACP Image Award nomination for "Outstanding Artist." In 2012, she independently released a single entitled "Cry Wolf." In 2014, she was featured on Redrama's single, "Let Go," which reached number 3 on the charts. In early 2015, DeBarge partnered with Grammy award winning producer, Adonis Shropshire. They independently released two EPs (“Thinkin Out Loud” and “Peaceful Understanding”) and a single (“Crystal Ball”). In early 2016, DeBarge starred in Growing up Hip Hop, a reality TV series on the WE network, with Boogie Dash, Egypt Criss, TJ Mizell, Angela Simmons and Romeo Miller. In 2017, DeBarge released a single (“Pink Love”) through Priority/Capitol Records. DeBarge and Shropshire are currently recording another EP to be released in Spring 2018.