She’s already won Juno awards and climbed the charts in her home country of Canada. Now, 23 year-old Lights (yes, that’s her legal name) is invading the States with her infectious pop melodies… or at least attempting to. The Canadian explained on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that breaking through in the U.S. is easier said than done.
“It’s a lot of work, and a lot of musicians, especially from Canada, kinda get disheartened because it’s not the same,” explained Lights, who continued as to how one country’s music scene differs from the other. “Canada has Canadian Content Laws on all entertainment. At least 30 percent of the music that’s on the radio has to be Canadian.”
The country to our north has a committee similar to our version of the FCC that enforces the law – which benefits all Canadian artists, and especially those that have already made it big worldwide: Nickelback, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Theory of a Deadman just to name a few.
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Of course Lights received assistance from a well known, American talent in Owl City’s Adam Young, in breaking through to the lower 48. The singer recently wrapped up a tour with Owl City, and Young even remixed her single, “Saviour.”
“The tour was wonderful because of the music that he makes, like, it’s very similar to mine in a lot of respects,” she said. “Its electro pop, it’s real easy to sing along with so the crowd’s that came out… were really accepting of the music I had.”
As far as off stage – Lights noted she didn’t become “super tight” with Adam because he keeps to himself, which she wasn’t surprised with, considering Young’s pretty honest about his shyness in the music he makes.