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

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