Walker was discovered by a woman who has the same name as her, who works as the studio manager of an Atlanta-based label LoveRenaissance. October 19, 2018, Summer Walker released her commercial mixtape Last Day of Summer, supported by her lead single "Girls Need Love". Her album contained her thoughts on love, doubt, and womanhood. In late 2018, she went on tour with 6LACK on the From East Atlanta With Love Tour. Following the success of her album, Apple Music named Summer Walker as its newest Up Next artist in 2019, and became the #8 R&B artist worldwide across Apple Music. On January 25, 2019, she released her first EP titled CLEAR, consisting of four tracks of acoustic recordings. On February 27, 2019 she released the remix to her song "Girls Need Love" with Drake.