Angie Stone's seventh studio album was inspired by a dream the record's producer, Walter Milsap III, had after the singer was ready to give up on music. "I wanted to quit," she recalled to Billboard magazine, "because I was tired of the repetitive cadence of being an artist; of having to prove yourself over and over again. I didn't feel like people appreciated my gift anymore. And after all the hoopla following the [altercation] with my daughter and being on reality show R&B Divas, I felt like the industry only wanted to hear about bad news, not good news."
But then in stepped Walter Milsap III. "He literally tracked me down," Stone continued, "and told me, 'God put this on my heart. We have to do this.'"