Released in October 1987, "Girlfriend" was Pebbles' first single, but it was the last song recorded for her debut album. Signed to MCA records on the strength of her demo for "Mercedes Boy
" (which she wrote), the record company had the production team of L.A. Reid and Babyface drop by to meet her. The album was almost done, but when Reid and Face heard her work, they asked her to try singing a song they had written for Vanessa Williams: "Girlfriend." She nailed it, and since negotiations for Williams to record the song weren't going well, the producers had Pebbles do the song.