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

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