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"Indie Corner: Lights"

Meet the songstress who’s winning hearts.
By Laura Lanktree

There’s a clause on Lights’ MySpace page that sums up the pint-size singer/songwriter perfectly: 'I hope that when [my songs go] into your ears, you feel happy'. She goes on to better explain: 'Not sexy happy, but apple pie happy'.

When I mention the quote to Lights, she laughs. But she quickly concedes her luck at being a young woman in the music industry successfully avoiding the pre-packaged sexpot image pressed onto so many others before her. Because Lights is Lights, one hundred percent: from the lyrics down to the self-described hippie-meets-Barbarella-space-galaxy-queen style, and not even a gig with Old Navy can change that.

You’ll recognize “February Air” and “White”, two of the tracks off of her freshly released EP, from the fashion giants’ commercials, but you truly won’t recognize Lights as anyone other than the authentic persona she has become. She makes music in her bedroom, has a wicked sense of fashion (complete with headbands as her signature look), and she’s full of good intentions. Get ready to fall in love. Is it daunting to have everyone talking about you as the next best thing?
VL: I actually choose to not listen to that because the last thing I want is for me to get my head all big for no reason. For some people, the idea of fame is exciting, and for some people it’s scary for that exact reason…
VL: It’s true. I definitely don’t take too much of what people are saying too seriously ‘cause for the amount of people that are saying good things, there are always people saying bad things, so I’m like, ‘I’ll just focus on what I’m doing and not think too much about super-positive or super negative’. Just keep things neutral, because that’s the only way you’re going to stay on top of your feet. What’s the one thing about yourself that you hope never changes, despite the fame that lies ahead?
VL: The ultimate goal that I have in music right now, I hope that never changes; and that is to bring positivity to people who are living in darkness. I try to bring as much positivity as I can into a world where pop music is so sexually driven, or really angsty, or really sad. I just want to bring something to the table that doesn’t promote negative emotions, and when I keep focus on that ultimate goal, everything just seems to fall into place.

- Teen Flare


Lights EP (2008)



"My name is Lights. I'm a small girl who dwells in Toronto and makes music. Most of what you hear comes out of my bedroom. When I write songs I think about how it makes people feel, and I hope that when it goes into your ears you feel happy too. Not sexy happy but apple pie happy."

A prolific songwriter since her pre-teens, Lights is a multi-instrumentalist. Not yet in her 20’s, she captures the attention of anyone who has heard her music. Hailing from a small town in Canada, she started writing and producing music in her attic bedroom at age 12, shaping her craft with each note that she wrote. Influenced by such artists as Bjork and Annie Lennox, her melodies and lyrics paint a musical landscape, that is both fresh and new. Her sound is electronica based pop, that demonstrates a maturity well beyond her years.

This emerging songwriting revolution now based in Toronto, Canada consistently impresses listeners, and gathers new fans with every musical creation.