ABOUT THE BAND
Lights Valerie Poxleitner, born Valerie Anne Poxleitner (born on April 11th, 1987), is a Canadian singer-songwriter, signed to her own personal label, Lights Music. Her most notable singles include “Ice”, “Second Go” and “Toes”. In 2009, she won the Juno Award for Best New Artist.
Lights won Indie Awards in the Favourite Solo Artist and Astral Media Radio Favourite Single categories during Canadian Music Week in March 2009 in Toronto. She won the Best New Artist Awards in the Hot AC and CHR categories. All awards were for her debut single “Drive My Soul”, except the award for Favourite Solo Artist.
She also won in the best new artist category at the 2009 Juno Awards.
In 2010, she was nominated in the Indie Awards for “Video of the Year” (Drive My Soul) “Pop Artist of the Year” and in the Juno Awards for “Pop Album of the Year” (The Listening).
In November 2010 her debut album The Listening was given a gold certification by the Canadian Recording Industry Association for sales of 40,000 units. The certification trophy was presented during her Toronto concert on 18 November 2010.
In February 2012, her album Siberia was nominated for a Juno Award in “Pop Album of the Year” Category.
In March 2015, her album Little Machines won the Juno Award for “Pop Album of the Year”.
Then came En, a fictional character in a post apocalyptic universe created by Lights herself. “In the past, Lights wouldn’t write about being angry or Lights wouldn’t write a song about fighting or Lights wouldn’t write about sex,” she says. “So En is me in another dimension, and I was able to write about all the things that I never wrote about before.”
Over the course of a year Lights worked on writing and drawing her own comic book series whilst simultaneously working on an accompanying album. This resulted in Skin&Earth, the singers’s fourth album and accompanying comic book series released in September 2017.
Skin&Earth brings help from Corin Roddick of Purity Ring, Big Data and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots. “Everything that happened on this record was really fun and natural and felt like we were all working towards the same goal,” She continues, “This is the most fun I’ve had doing a record. I’ve never felt that I understood a record more and I’ve never felt like I understood a reason for a record more.”