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Jessy Lanza
Jessy Lanza.jpgLanza performing in Philadelphia
Background information
BornSeptember 3rd, 1985 (age 31)
OriginHamilton, Ontario, Canada
GenresSynthpop, R&B, dance-pop, experimental pop[1]
Occupation(s)DJ, music producer, songwriter, vocalist
InstrumentsVocals, drum machine, keyboard, synth
Years active2009–present
Associated actsJunior Boys, Caribou (band), Dev Hynes, XXYYXX, Grimes, The Drum

Jessy Lanza is a Canadian electronic songwriter, producer, and vocalist from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[2]


  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Influences
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio albums
    • 3.2 EPs
    • 3.3 Singles
  • 4 References

Life and career

Jessy Lanza grew up playing piano and clarinet before going to Concordia University to study jazz.[3][4][5] Before starting her career as a singer and music producer, she was a music teacher at school.[6]

She was listed as one of the best new artists of 2013 by XLR8R.[7] In a review of her debut album, Pull My Hair Back, she was described by The Guardian as "the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls"[8] and ranked #4 on Resident Advisor's Top 20 Albums of 2013.[9] Pull My Hair Back was co-written and co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys and released on the UK's Hyperdub record label. The album Pull My Hair Back was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[10]

In 2014, she collaborated with Caribou on his album Our Love. In 2015, she recorded vocals for The Galleria EP Calling Card / Mezzanine.

Her second album Oh No was released in 2016, and was shortlisted again for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.[11]


Jessy Lanza possesses a soprano vocal range, comparable to a missing link between Cocteau Twins and Aaliyah.[12] As a kid, Jessy Lanza listened to Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul.[13] The singer said that having a background in studying jazz helped her to have "the ability to hear and lift chord progressions", which led her to an understanding of R&B music that permeates her recent work.[14] Laced with funk, soul, R&B, and haunting high-register vocals, Lanza cites Missy Elliot and Timbaland as early influences on her songwriting.[15] The singer has also cited such artists as Evelyn "Champagne" King and Melba Moore.[16] She also cited Japanese synthpop artists of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Yellow Magic Orchestra members Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi, as key influences.[17] She has a postmodern approach to writing music, comparing her songs to a mashup of all the pop songs over the last 40 years that she likes.[18]

Studio albums

  • Pull My Hair Back (2013)
  • Oh No (2016)


  • You Never Show Your Love (2015)


  • "Kathy Lee" (2013)
  • "Keep Moving" (2013)
  • "5785021" (2014)
  • "You and Me" (2014)
  • "You Never Show Your Love" (2015)
  • "It Means I Love You" (2016)
  • "VV Violence" (2016)


  1. ^ ""It Means I Love You" (MP3 file)" (MP3). Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  2. ^ Cox, Jamieson. "Jessy Lanza. Pull My Hair Back (Review)". Article. Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Breaking Through: Jessy Lanza". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Bentley, Jason. "KCRW Presents: Jessy Lanza". NPR. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
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  7. ^ "XLR8R's Best of 2013: New Artists". XLR8R. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Lester, Paul. "Jessy Lanza". Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "RA Poll: Top 20 albums of 2013". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Brophy, Aaron (14 July 2016). "2016 Polaris Music Short List Is Here". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
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  15. ^ Lindsay, Benjamin. "JESSY LANZA, HAMILTON'S HEROINE". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
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