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ONE Musicfest 2018 Performing Artist: Jessie Reyez
Earnest and raw, Jessie Reyez’s music comes from a genuine place. Born in Toronto, Canada to Colombian immigrants, Jessie’s is a story that constantly weaves different worlds together. She was first introduced to the guitar by her father as a child when she had already shown signs of being an impressive vocalist. Reyez’s inseparability with the instrument and gifted voice insured her lifelong artist’s journey from a young age.
In late 2016 she released her violent heartbreak anthem, “Figures.” The single was premiered by Zane Lowe and championed by Elton John, speaking intimately to people around the world Today the single has reached over 80 million streams and garnered over 20 million video views globally.
Over the past year Reyez’s career has catapulted into stardom, including performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and at the 2017 BET Awards. Reyez has even secured her creative genius by stepping outside of the box and releasing the short film “Gatekeeper: A True Story” exposing industry sexism and predatory behavior. Reyez recently enlisted the soulful Daniel Ceasar for “Figures, A Reprise” and the two performed the song together at this year’s JUNO Awards. Jessie also received Canada’s most prestigious award in music: a Juno for 2018’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year, further solidifying her immense talent and artistry.