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

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