Toronto Takeover: Jessie Reyez

By: Lauren Robinson A.K.A Nobody’s Millennium

Singer and songwriter Jessica “Jessie” Reyez was born June 12, 1991 in Toronto, Canada to Colombian parents. Her family later moved to Brampton. As a child she played guitar and wrote her own music in high school. Reyez went back to Toronto for her sophomore year of high school and after graduating she decided to pursue her music by working odd jobs instead of going to college. Eventually locating to Florida, she was bartending and bussing tables on the beach but in 2014 returned to Toronto after being accepted to The Remix Project’s Academy of Recording Arts.

In 2014, Reyez and rapper King Louie released a duo titled “Living in the Sky”. In 2016, she released, “Shutter Island” and “Figures.” The single “Figures” peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart in 2017. In April 2017, Reyez released the debut EP, Kiddo as well as her short film Gatekeeper. That same year she was nominated at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards for Best New Canadian Artist and Fan Fav Video. Unfortunately, she didn’t win either of those but in 2018 at the Juno Awards she won the Breakthrough Artist award. As of right now she is signed to FMLY Agency, which describes itself as, “[A] home to a wide variety of DJ’s and live artists as well as programming for some of the world’s best home-grown and international music festivals. Working with a wide breadth of artists, from breaking new talent to supporting established global artists.”

Her voice is like a mixture of Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe with a high pitched raspiness like T-Boz of TLC, but the lyrics are raunchy like Jhene Aiko’s “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle).” All of this comes together to bring us, Jessie Reyez.




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