Lights Poxleitner-Bokan, known mononymously as Lights, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician from Timmins, Ontario.
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material including lyrics and melodies.
Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada.
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She is known for singles "Drive My Soul", "February Air", "Ice", "Second Go", "Toes", and "Up We Go".
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She was awarded the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year and two 2009 Astral Media Radio awards during Canadian Music Week.
The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.
Her debut EP Lights EP was released on September 2008 achieved commercial success which enabled release of her first full-length album, The Listening on September 22, 2009.
Both albums has since been certified gold in Canada.
Canada is a country in the northern half of North America.
Lights released her third studio album, Little Machines on September 19, 2014, which debuted on the Canadian Albums Chart at number five.
Her fourth album, Skin&Earth, which featured "Giants" was released in September 2017 accompanied by a graphic novel of the same name.
Lights has collaborated with artists such as Bring Me The Horizon, Deadmau5, Felix Cartal, Owl City and Sleepy Tom among others.
Lights signed with Fueled by Ramen in 2019 and released Skin&Earth Acoustic which included three new songs.
Lights was born Valerie Anne Poxleitner in Timmins, Ontario, to missionary parents, Virginia and Eric Poxleitner on 11 April 1987.
She has one older sister, Jess.
She was home-schooled and was also taught guitar by her father.
She produced her first song "Saturn's Rings" with an eight-track recorder she purchased with inheritance money from her grandmother in 2001.
She spent her childhood in many parts of the world, including the Philippines, Jamaica and Ontario.
She moved to Toronto at the age of 11 and changed her legal name to Lights.
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario.
She got the nickname "Lights" from her last name Poxleitner.
As there was already a signed band named "Lights", having her name officially changed was a way to use it despite prior use.
In high school, Lights played guitar and sang in the metal band Shovel Face.