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One Take: Lights On Audience Energy, Arena Ambitions And U2
Self-made star Lights came out of high school with a Sony/ATV publishing contract, won Canada's 2009 New Artist Of The Year Juno Award, and has gone on to learn comic illustration for her 2017 concept album Skin & Earth. Clearly she knows how to throw herself into her work, and as words and thoughts come pouring out of her, she tries to focus it all on GRAMMY.com's One Take challenge, a fun rapid-fire question-and-answer series.
As the heroine of Skin & Earth, both the comic book series and the album, Lights' new saga begins with "Skydiving," casting her down to earth. "It all starts here, with a rush of blood to the head," is its intro lyric. The lovely natural setting where she lies resembles where Lights likes to write songs, as she told us in One Take. Through the other songs on the album, moods follow stylish adventures through a post-apocalyptic world while Lights seems to be having a blast.
As her One Take with host Anthony Vincent also revealed, Lights may have found her latest adventures by combining comic book art with musical narrative, but her ambitions are to play Madison Square Garden like her beloved band U2. The multi-medium artist reminds us that if it isn't big, then why throw yourself into it?