Full Name at Birth
Valerie Anne Poxleitner
Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Artist, and Producer
Claim to Fame
2010 MuchMusic Video Awards
Lights (born Valerie Anne Poxleitner; April 11, 1987) is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her gold-certified albums The Listening and Siberia as well as singles "Drive My Soul", "February Air", "Ice", "Second Go", "Toes", and "Up We Go". Lights tours extensively to support her recordings.
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Lights Valerie Anne Poxleitner Bokan (born Valerie Anne Poxleitner; April 11, 1987), known mononymously as Lights, is a Canadian electropop musician, singer, and songwriter. Some of her notable singles include "Drive My Soul," "Ice," "Second Go," and "Toes." In 2009, she was awarded the Juno Award for New Artist of the Year.
In 2012, Lights married fellow musician Beau Bokan.
Lights was born Valerie Anne Poxleitner in Timmins, Ontario. As the daughter of missionary parents, she spent her childhood in many parts of the world, including the Philippines, Jamaica, Ontario, and British Columbia. She moved to Toronto at the age of 18 when she legally changed her name to Lights. She got the nickname "Lights" from her last name Poxleitner. She got her name legally changed, because there was already a signed band named "Lights", so the only way she could keep her stage name was to get it legally changed to her name.
2006–07: Musical beginnings
Lights was signed at the age of 15. In high school, Lights played guitar and sang in the metal band Shovel Face. Lights started her career as a writer for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She was among the songwriters who composed music for the television series Instant Star. She and Luke McMaster are credited with composing "Perfect," sung in the role of Jude Harrison on the show by Alexz Johnson.
In late 2006, she worked with Canadian photographer Marc Lostracco to film her very first music video, "February Air," for a Sony promotion. However, Sony never confirmed with the deal, and it never happened.
In 2007, she was discovered by Jian Ghomeshi (who is still her manager).
2008–09: Lights and The Listening
Starting in early 2008, Lights toured cities in the Great Lakes region, in both Canada and the United States. In late 2008, she toured the United States.
In August 2008, Lights signed a record deal with Toronto-based label Underground Operations. She also signed an American partnership deal with Warner Bros. along with Doghouse Records. Around the same time, her song "Drive My Soul" got to No.18 in the Canadian Hot 100. After signing with them, her EP was released in stores on September 16. Her second single, "February Air," sold 12,000 copies. In early 2008, "February Air" was in a commercial for Old Navy. It was released in December 2008.
Lights contributed vocals in Ten Second Epic's song "Every Day" and appeared in their music video. The song appeared on the Big Shiny Tunes 14 compilation album and the music video was nominated for Best Independent Music Video at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards. She is also featured on the soundtrack (songs "Ben" and "Climbing") for the 2008 Canadian film One Week, starring Joshua Jackson. She was a guest vocalist on the album A Shipwreck in the Sand, released in 2009 by post-hardcore band Silverstein from Burlington, Ontario.
In 2009, Lights released her third single to Canadian radio stations called "Ice" with a homemade video released on her MySpace. She also released a second video for "Ice" in Canada on November 10, 2009. It was released in the United States on November 11, 2009. On August 10, 2009, her music video for "Saviour" was released. In an interview for the musical website Hall-Musique, Lights announced she was hoping to release her debut album in Europe by early 2010.
In March, Lights was named on the American music website Shred News's 10 Artists to Watch in 2010.
While touring in the summer on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour, Lights's single "Saviour" premiered on Canadian radio stations on July 6, 2009. The song is from her first full-length album, The Listening, which was released on September 22 in Canada. It was released on October 6 in the United States after she left Underground Operations for her own record label, Lights Music Inc. The cover for the album was also released. According to Lights, the entire artwork was inspired by Watchmen, 28 Days Later, and Sailor Moon.
In September 2009, Lights toured with the British band Keane on their Canadian/Pacific Northwest tour. In late 2009, Lights toured all around the United States and Canada with Stars of Track and Field.
2010–2013: Acoustic EP, Siberia, Siberia Acoustic, and tour
Lights performing at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, May 20, 2010.
She toured from January–May 2010 with contemporary synthpop artist Owl City in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Lights is featured on Owl City's song "The Yacht Club" on his album All Things Bright and Beautiful which was released on June 14, 2011, as well as appearing in the music video for another one of Owl City's songs "Deer in the Headlights." Plans for future duets are in the
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Lights has a tiger on her upper left arm which is colored in blue to mimic one found in the World of Warcraft games., Next to the tiger on her left arm is a Final Fantasy-inspired female character. “She’s kind of a beast master., Lights has a lion on her left elbow, One of Lights’ oldest tattoos is a heart with a banner on her left wrist wrapped in a banner reading ”unto him.”, Lights had the heart tattoo incorporated into a colorful coat of arms which she designed to represents different aspects of her life. On the left side of the sheild is Jesus’ name in Hebrew and and on the right side are her parents’ initials EPVP. Planets, a raygun, and music notes reflect her outer space alter-ego Captain Lights. A lion and a griffin are on the sides crushing a dragon on the bottom., Lights and her husband Beau Bokan got matching tattoos to commemorate their wedding date of May 12, 2012. Hers is on the left forearm., On both of her forearms are lyrics translated into German. It reads ‘Jetzt und immer die Segen von der Vater und bleibst Unschuldig bis Er kommt’ which means ‘Now and always have the blessing of the father and remain blameless until the end.’, On her right arm is the Twinblade of the Phoenix from World of Warcraft., Lights has a large tattoo on her back of Wonder Woman pushing off the hand of Giganta from the cover of Wonder Woman 2 volume 3. The word UNSTOPPABLE is written across it., On her left ribcage are the words “in this fearsome pilgrimage unearth a crusader’s heart.”, She has a lasergun tattooed on her left hip, Tattoo on her abdomen, below the lasergun are two sparrows, her first tattoos, Lights has a colorful tattoo on her right upper thigh of a World of Warcraft character of King Varian surrounded by flowers., Lights has a hearthstone from World of Warcraft on her right ankle., Lights has FOUND IN LOVE written on the inside of her index finger., Lights and her husband Beau Bokan have matching tattoos on their ring fingers of -:”/9
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Synthpop, Electropop, Post-Rock, New Wave, Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Dubstep, Alternative Rock
Vocals, Synthesizer, Keytar, Guitar, Piano
Underground, Doghouse, Sire, Lights Music, Universal, Warner Bros., Last Gang
Borgeous, Owl City, Blessthefall, Bring Me The Horizon
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electronic rock, indietronica, synthpop, pop rock
synthesizer, keytar, guitar, piano
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