Pia Mia was born on September 19, 1996 on the U.S. island of Guam. Pia Mia is one of four children of Peter Perez Jr. and Angela Terlaje Perez. She has one younger brother, Peter Michael Jude, a younger sister, Paloma Colette, and an older half sister, Kandis Rae. Perez currently resides in Los Angeles. She is of European and Chamorro descent.
Pia Mia began her music career by posting videos of herself singing on YouTube in 2009. She has gained 178,781 YouTube subscribers and 17,800,081 total video views as of December 2014.
Pia Mia was introduced to Chris Brown's manager and record executive Abou 'Bu' Thaim in 2013. She began working on material with producer Nic Nac and has since entered a relationship with him, including a cover of Drake's 2013 single "Hold On, We're Going Home". Later that year, Kim Kardashian published a Keek video showing Pia Mia performing an a cappella version of her song for the rapper and Kanye West at the Kardashian family home, which generated interest on social media. In March 2014, Pia Mia released the song with an accompanying music video on her YouTube channel.