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Lights first cracked the Canadian charts in May 2008, when the debut single "Drive My Soul" introduced her synthesis of youthful, sellable alt-rock and contemporary synth pop. Born in April 1987 in Timmins, Ontario, Valerie Poxleitner spent her childhood traveling alongside her missionary parents. She also took up songwriting at an early age, using verses from the Bible to prompt titles for her new material. She began writing music for Sony/ATV Music Publishing at the age of 18; shortly thereafter, however, she ditched the behind-the-scenes gig and hit the road with her own instruments, playing shows in the Great Lakes region and eventually landing a contract with the Toronto-based punk label Underground Operations. An American partnership with Doghouse Records followed, and the young songwriter issued her first recording, the self-titled Lights EP, in April 2008. Several singles found a warm reception on Canadian radio outlets, while Lights' vibrant attire and good looks made her an endearing presence on MuchMusic's TV countdown. Early the following year, Lights won a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year and landed a spot on that summer's Warped Tour, all the while preparing her debut album, The Listening, which was released in October 2009. The album peaked at number seven on the Canadian albums chart and eventually achieved gold status. In 2011, Lights returned with her sophomore full-length album, Siberia. Produced with Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh of Toronto's indie electronic ensemble Holy Fuck, the album showcased a mature, sonically sophisticated sound. Two years later, Lights delivered Siberia Acoustic, which featured her performing reworked acoustic versions of songs off Siberia. Lights' third studio album, Little Machines, appeared in 2014. Recorded while she was pregnant with her first child with husband and blessthefall lead singer Beau Bokan, the album showcased her return to a more melodic if no less electronic-inclined sound. The album debuted at number five in Canada and won the 2015 Juno Award for Pop Album of the Year. As she did with Siberia, Lights followed Little Machines with the acoustic album Midnight Machines. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Siberia
  3.   Ice
  4.   Drive My Soul
  5.   Up We Go
  6.   Timing Is Everything
  7.   Meteorites
  8.   Saviour
  9.   Toes
  10.   Everybody Breaks a Glass featuring Holy Fuck
  11.   Running with the Boys
  12.   World Falls Down
  13.   Muscle Memory
  14.   Second Go
  15.   February Air
  16.   Child
  17.   Portal
  18.   Living In Another World by Dark Stars
  19.   Day One
  20.   Lions!
  21.   Oil and Water
  22.   Speeding
  23.   Where the Fence Is Low
  24.   River
  25.   Cactus in the Valley
  26.   I Owe You One
  27.   Follow You Down
  28.   From All Sides
  29.   Don't Go Home Without Me
  30.   How We Do It
  31.   Slow Down
  32.   Same Sea
  33.   In the Dark I See
  34.   Frame and Focus
  35.   Suspension
  36.   Peace Sign
  37.   Heavy Rope
  38.   Flux and Flow
  39.   Banner
  40.   And Counting...
  41.   Pretend
  42.   The Last Thing on Your Mind
  43.   Lucky Ones
  44.   White
  45.   Head Cold
  46.   My Boots
  47.   Romance Is...
  48.   The Listening
  49.   Face Up
  50.   Fall Back Down
  51.   Fourth Dimension
  52.   Quiet

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