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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 became a vibrant and 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. In 2017, she returned with her fourth studio album, Skin & Earth, featuring the singles "Giants" and "Savage," the latter of which featured Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun. A multi-media concept album centering on a female protagonist in a post-apocalyptic world, Skin & Earth was accompanied by a comic book written and drawn by Lights. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Siberia
  3.   Ice
  4.   Up We Go
  5.   Drive My Soul
  6.   Timing Is Everything
  7.   Meteorites
  8.   Giants
  9.   Everybody Breaks a Glass featuring Holy Fuck
  10.   Toes
  11.   Running with the Boys
  12.   Muscle Memory
  13.   Second Go
  14.   Saviour
  15.   New Fears
  16.   Interlude
  17.   How We Do It
  18.   Savage
  19.   Skydiving
  20.   Moonshine
  21.   Don't Go Home Without Me
  22.   Banner
  23.   Romance Is...
  24.   Almost Had Me
  25.   Magnetic Field
  26.   We Were Here
  27.   Intro
  28.   Heavy Rope
  29.   Fourth Dimension
  30.   February Air
  31.   Morphine
  32.   Until the Light
  33.   Lucky Ones
  34.   Slow Down
  35.   Oil and Water
  36.   Speeding
  37.   Same Sea
  38.   Where the Fence Is Low
  39.   Flux and Flow
  40.   Day One
  41.   Face Up
  42.   I Owe You One
  43.   Child
  44.   White
  45.   Fight Club
  46.   Kicks
  47.   Living In Another World by Dark Stars
  48.   In the Dark I See
  49.   Frame and Focus
  50.   Suspension
  51.   Peace Sign
  52.   Cactus in the Valley
  53.   And Counting...
  54.   Fall Back Down
  55.   The Listening
  56.   The Last Thing on Your Mind
  57.   Lions!
  58.   Pretend
  59.   Follow You Down
  60.   Head Cold
  61.   Quiet
  62.   From All Sides
  63.   Portal
  64.   My Boots
  65.   River

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