The song choices for the album were chosen by Velasquez herself together with her sisters, Cacai & Dianne from the list of their favorite songs heard on the radio during their childhood. According to Velasquez, she wanted the album to be easy listening and relaxed as possible, making it a departure from her “big ballads” usually heard in her previous works. As a result, the album was named Low Key, a remark on her mellow singing style in the whole process of its production. The songs included are very personal to Velasquez and also dedicated to her fans. There are also two songs included on the album that are dedicated to Velasquez’s parents, Gerry and Tessie Velasquez; Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band” for her father and Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman” for her mother.
Low Key won at the first Star Awards for Music for Female Recording Of The Year, Female Pop Artist Of The Year, Music Video Of The Year for “And I Love You So”, Revival Album Of The Year and Album Cover Design. The album won Female Recording Of The Year and Revival Album Of The Year on October 29, 2009 at SM Skydome. It was also nominated at the 22nd Awit Awards for Best Selling Album Of The Year and Best Album Package.