Sky Tonia Ferreira (born July 8, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she was introduced to the music industry through her friendship with recording artist Michael Jackson, who was a client of her personal stylist grandmother. After dropping out of high school as a teenager, Ferreira began uploading videos on Myspace of herself singing songs she had written, which led to her discovery by producers Bloodshy & Avant and recording contract with Parlophone in 2009. She released her first extended play, As If!, in 2011, which combined elements of electropop and dance music. Ferreira's second extended play Ghost (2012), however, incorporated pop with more stripped-down song structures and featured collaborations with Jon Brion and Shirley Manson, as well as the critically acclaimed track "Everything Is Embarrassing", which she composed with Dev Hynes.
After several delays and disputes with her record label, Ferreira's debut studio album Night Time, My Time was released on October 29, 2013, and was preceded by its lead single "You're Not the One". That year, she ventured into the film industry after appearing in the movie The Green Inferno and garnered media attention after being arrested for drug possession. She was exposed to a mainstream audience after having been announced as an opening act for the international Bangerz Tour, headlined by Miley Cyrus, which began on February 14, 2014.