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Jessie Reyez

Jessie ReyezJessica "Jessie" Reyez, born on June 12th, 1991 in Toronto, Canada is a Canadian singer and songwriter of Colombian heritage.

Her 2016 single "Figures" peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017 and became certified 2× Platinum by Music Canada.

Reyez was born in Canada to Colombian parents. Her family later moved to Brampton, Ontario where she started playing guitar as a child and began writing her own music in high school.

Her roots brought her back to Toronto during her sophomore year but after graduating she opted out of college and instead chose to pursue her music while doing other odd jobs on the side.

She moved to Florida, where she was primarily bartending and busking on the beach but returned to Toronto in 2014 after being accepted to The Remix Project's Academy of Recording Arts.

In 2014, she and King Louie released a joint single titled Living in the Sky and in 2016 she released the singles Shutter Island and Figures.

In April of 2017, Reyez released her debut EP, Kiddo, as well as her short film Gatekeeper. The latter was based on her experience with music producer Noel "Detail" Fisher, who was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including artist Bebe Rexha.

Jessie ReyezIt was nominated to the Long List of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. She received two 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards nominations for Best New Canadian Artist and Fan Fave Video for Shutter Island.

She performed Figures at the 2017 BET Awards on June 25th, 2017 and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 8th, 2017.[13] Figures has also received over 20 million streams on Spotify.

She won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018. Later the same year, she received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song "Cotton Candy".

In August 2018, she collaborated with Eminem on Nice Guy and Good Guy, from the album Kamikaze. She also received two 2018 MTV Video Music Award nominations for Push Artist of the Year and Video With a Message for the song Gatekeeper.

Jessie Reyez prays to God every day. On Saint Nobody, the first song off her latest EP, Being Human In Public, she opens straight from the confessional booth.

"I think about dying every day - I guess I've always been a little strange," she stated. "It's another reason why I work like a motherfucker,” she adds, with each word perfectly articulated.

Jessie ReyezHer songs — in which she slips seamlessly from raw, turbulent pop to gentle R&B melodies — possess that same prayer-like quality, excruciatingly vulnerable and delivered with chill-inducing confidence.

"I like to sing about shit that I don't like to talk about," she wrote in her Twitter bio.

Reyez shot to fame with the release of two singles, Shutter Island and Figures in 2016, and then later with her first EP, Kiddo, released in 2017.

Throughout Being Human in Public, Reyez careens between baring her heart and baring her teeth, usually within the same song.

"This is the most real I have ever been," Jessie Reyez sings again and again on Dear Yessie before the song crescendos into the hardcore, screaming chorus — "I'm singin’ fuck being delicate," she yells with her raspy voice.

And while Reyez delivers her fair share of frustrated emotion on Fuck Being Friends, each angry moment on the album shares a contemplative counterpoint.

Sola, her first recording in Spanish, is a soft, but no less precise, take on assumed gender roles. Reyez says that some songs, like this one, defy any kind of translation into English.

The same earnest spirit comes through on Apple Juice, where Reyez pleads with an ex-lover: "Don't let goodbye come too easy, lo-o-ove me" she cries, her voice scraping the upper limits of her range.

Jessie ReyezReyez consistently takes aims at misogyny in the music world and in culture at large. She based Gatekeeper, her 2017 short music video and song, on her personal experience of sexual assault by Noel Fisher, the American producer known as Detail. (As of May 2018, Reyez and many other women have accused Fisher of sexual assault, including charges of rape.)

In the video, a young girl — meant to look like Reyez as a child — mouths the words along to her song. "20 million dollars in the car. Girl tie your hair up if you wanna be a star," the small child sings, a disjointed and eerie juxtaposition between a hopeful rising star and the brutal reality.

In Body Count, featuring Normani and Kehlani, Reyez continues to attack double standards between men and women.

"You guys have the luxury of not having to deal with that construct of shame," she told a reporter in an interview. "Keep your unsolicited opinions to yourself."

If her Instagram is an accurate source of information, when Reyez performs onstage, she jumps — leaps, reaches, falls — into the crowd with reckless buoyancy.

Her crowds, lots of them young women, maybe her age, lift her up, jump around and dance along.

And even when she's sitting still, she's not really. In a video of a performance of her acoustic version of Figures, which she performed live with Daniel Caesar, Reyez hovers above her stool. She floats, weightless, grasping for each earnest, heartfelt note as though she is grasping for air.

Jessie ReyezIn her instagram account she often communicates her deepest feelings to her massive fan base.

"Happiness because in 2017 my team and I finally got to see some fruits of our labour - labour I been putting in since I can remember."

"Fear because I've watched others squander it and I don't want to do the same."

"Happiness because I get reaffirmed daily when I hear that my music has helped someone through a difficult time."

"Fear because I don't ever want to be a hypocrite but sometimes I can't even pull myself out of my own darkness."

"Happiness because I get to share this with my folks."

"Fear because I don't get to spend as much time with family as I used to and I'm scared of getting my priorities mixed up."

"Happiness because people tell my mom I'll be fine in this industry because my roots are strong."

"Fear because I feel myself getting more and more paranoid."

"Happiness because the dream is growing."

"Fear because the dream is growing"

Jessie Reyez"I am not going to lie for the sake of being positive."

"2017 was unreal and beautiful but there are two very real sides to this and I'm just a rookie."

"I want Grammy(s) and I want to die a legend." (Hopefully LIVES as a legend)

"But I want to remain humble."

"I want to leave a massive positive mark on this world and do great things."

"But I also want to find a partner I can trust that understands my priorities."

"I want to sell out stadiums."

"I want to build orphanages."

"I want to sell out the ACC And I want to sell out BARCLAYS."

"But - I want to do all this with my soul intact - I need to."

Jessie Reyez"I never want to lose sight of how sacred music is to me and how many times it’s saved me."

"In the last 360 days I grew a bigger smile but it also forced me to grow a thicker skin. I've always been paranoid - this year it got amplified. Lost my phone so much I finally realized maybe it's my subconscious doing it on purpose."

"One of my saving graces has been being around people who care without any hidden motives. Creatives who care."

"I find solace in knowing that other people find comfort in a window to my battles and my demons."

"I've been fortunate enough to watch others do the same and one of those open books I respect nuff is @bryanespiritu.

Thank you for contributing your genius and collaborating on this @rootscanada jacket - and to the visual savant @pharrisdesigns for making me look decent."



Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Best New Canadian Artist Herself Nominated
Fan Fave Video "Shutter Island" Nominated
2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List Kiddo Nominated
2018 Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist Herself Won
MTV Video Music Awards Push Artist of the Year Herself Nominated
Video with a Message "Gatekeeper" Nominated
MTV Europe Music Award Best New Act Herself Pending


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