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

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