Loren Gray rose to internet stardom through her six Instagram accounts and YouTube channel, outlets that claimed around three million subscribers by the time she launched a music career in 2018. During that year, she released three singles -- "My Story" followed by "Kick You Out" and "Queen" -- each showcasing a singer at ease with sugary pop melodies, adolescent angst, and teenage joy, elements that are tied together by a stylish electronic patina.
Originally from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Gray joined YouTube on May 5, 2012 under her given name Loren Beech. Over the next four years, she gravitated toward the name Loren Gray and moved to Los Angeles, all the while attracting many followers on various social media platforms, including musical.ly. Her fans, who she dubbed "angels," propelled her to a Teen Choice Awards nomination for "Choice Muser" in 2016. She received that same honor in 2018, by which time things outside of the net began to happen for her. Loren Gray participated in the 2017 Spring DigiTour alongside HRVY, who'd invited her to appear in his 2018 video "Personal." By the time it aired, Gray signed with Virgin Records, which quickly released the single "My Story." "Kick You Out" and "Queen" followed before the close of 2018. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine