Home London native Sinead Harnett, inspired at a young age by the likes of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, as well as Lauryn Hill's role in Sister Act 2, got a foothold in the music industry through a series of collaborations during the early 2010s. In 2012, she made a small splash as the featured vocalist on "Boiling," the dreamlike lead track on Disclosure's The Face EP, and sounded like a confident veteran. The following year, she contributed to Kidnap Kid's "So Close" and Ryan Hemsworth's "Small + Lost," but she also made her solo debut on Black Butter with "Got Me," a track that was remixed by MK (Marc Kinchen, who had taken Storm Queen's "Look Right Through" to the top of the U.K. pop chart). More notably, Harnett was featured on three of the tracks on Rudimental's U.K. number one album Home: the title track, "Hide," and "Baby." Harnett's collaborative work continued well into 2014 with DJ Q's "Notice Me" and Snakehips' "Days with You."
She signed to Virgin EMI in the U.K. and released a four-track EP of her own, N.O.W., featuring a track produced by Snakehips as well as sophisticated pop in the forms of "Paradise" and "High Wire." A self-titled EP arrived in 2016 and featured collaborations with Grades, Kaytranada, and Snakehips. The next year, Harnett issued the Chapter One mixtape, followed by the sultry singles "Body" and "Lessons" in 2018. As she worked on her debut album in 2019, she continued to release singles including "Leo Bear" and the duet "Pulling Away" featuring R&B singer Gallant.