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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.   Meteorites
  6.   Up We Go
  7.   Timing Is Everything
  8.   Saviour
  9.   Toes
  10.   Everybody Breaks a Glass featuring Holy Fuck
  11.   Running with the Boys
  12.   World Falls Down
  13.   Second Go
  14.   Muscle Memory
  15.   The Last Thing on Your Mind
  16.   Child
  17.   Don't Go Home Without Me
  18.   Where the Fence Is Low
  19.   Suspension
  20.   Flux and Flow
  21.   Lions!
  22.   And Counting...
  23.   February Air
  24.   Same Sea
  25.   Peace Sign
  26.   Heavy Rope
  27.   Fourth Dimension
  28.   Cactus in the Valley
  29.   Romance Is...
  30.   River
  31.   Quiet
  32.   Face Up
  33.   White
  34.   Follow You Down
  35.   From All Sides
  36.   How We Do It
  37.   Speeding
  38.   Living In Another World by Dark Stars
  39.   In the Dark I See
  40.   Frame and Focus
  41.   Day One
  42.   Banner
  43.   Fall Back Down
  44.   The Listening
  45.   Pretend
  46.   Portal
  47.   Head Cold
  48.   Lucky Ones
  49.   Slow Down
  50.   Oil and Water
  51.   My Boots
  52.   I Owe You One

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