In 2013, Stenberg began performing on the violin and singing harmonies at Los Angeles venues with singer-songwriter Zander Hawley. They released their first EP in August 2015 as the folk-rock duo Honeywater. Dazed magazine named Stenberg "one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" when it featured her on its Autumn 2015 cover. She was also included in Time's list of Most Influential Teens in both 2015 and 2016, and named to Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016. Stenberg has spoken publicly on social media about cultural appropriation. Her video "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows" admonished Kylie Jenner for adopting that traditionally African-American hairstyle.