JUNO AWARD WINNING COLOMBIAN-CANADIAN ARTISTE-JESSIE REYEZ
Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez from Toronto whose unique take on pop music, accented with R&B and hip-hop influences, is reinforced by a raw vocal style that merges the deeply passionate with the stylishly theatrical.
Jessie was born on the 12th of June, 1991, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is 29 years old as of 2020, and she celebrates her birthday with her family, friends, and colleagues on the 12th of June every year. Her next birthday will be on the 12th of June, 2021, when she turns 30 years old. Her birth sign is Gemini. In 2012, the Royez moved to Florida, where Jessie worked as a bartender.Jessie was born to both parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the daughter of German Royez (father), a former guitarist, and Carmen Reyez (mother). She also has a younger sister and brother. Reyez is of Colombian descent, and her race is Hispanic.
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She was introduced to the guitar by her father, leading to a career in art and music. She played guitar as a child and began writing her own music in high school. Jessie and her family then moved to Brampton. Her roots brought her back to Toronto during her sophomore year. After graduating, she opted out of college and instead chose to pursue her music while doing odd jobs on the side. In 2012, Reyez and her family moved to Florida, where she was primarily bartending and busking on the beach, but she returned to Toronto.
In 2014, she and King Louie released a joint single titled "Living in the Sky", followed by a second single "It Hurts (Selena)", in 2015. In early 2017, she released the single "Shutter Island" and toured Europe opening for PartyNextDoor. Her follow-up single, "Figures", was premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio, alongside its music video. "Figures" peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017 and was certified double platinum by Music Canada.
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In April 2017, Reyez released her debut EP, Kiddo as well as her short film Gatekeeper, which addressed sexism and exploitation in the music industry. It specifically was based on her experience with music producer Noel "Detail" Fisher, who was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including artist Bebe Rexha. Kiddo peaked at #83 on the Canadian Album Chart.
Kiddo was placed on the Long List of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize and lead to four nominations at the 2018 Juno Awards (R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Breakthrough Artist, Video of the Year, and Juno Fan Choice Award), where she won Breakthrough Artist. She also received two 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards nominations for Best New Canadian Artist and Fan Fave Video for "Shutter Island". She was also nominated for two 2018 MTV Music Video Awards, including Push Artist of the Year and Video With A Message (for "Gatekeeper"). Reyez performed "Figures" at the 2017 BET Awards on June 25, 2017 and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 8, 2017. Later in 2017, she signed a record and publishing deal with Island Records.
Being Human in Public (2018–2019)
Billboard named Reyez one of the "10 Hip-Hop and R&B Artists to Watch in 2018". She also received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song "Cotton Candy". Reyez released her second EP, Being Human in Public, and toured across North America. The EP won 2019’s R&B/Soul Recording of The Year at the 2019 Juno Awards. In August, Reyez collaborated with Eminem on "Nice Guy" and "Good Guy", from the album Kamikaze, both charting on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed. On April 9, 2019, Reyez released the single “Imported'” featuring 6lack, a re-working of a song off her last EP. She also had a cameo in the Netflix film, Someone Great.
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Before Love Came to Kill Us (2020–present)
Reyez also received her first Grammy nomination, when Being Human in Public was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Reyez was nominated for two awards at the 2020 Juno Awards: Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (for "Feel It Too" with Tory Lanez and Tainy). Reyez will release her debut studio album, Before Love Came to Kill Us, on March 27, 2020.