Jessie Reyez

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Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez VMA 2018.jpg
Background information
Born (1991-06-12) June 12, 1991 (age 27)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Jessie Reyez (born June 12, 1991)[4] is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Her 2016 single "Figures" peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017[5] and was certified 2× Platinum by Music Canada.

Early life[edit]

Reyez was born in Toronto, to Colombian parents. Her family later moved to Brampton. She played guitar as a child and began writing her own music in high school. Her roots brought her back to Toronto during her sophomore year but after graduating she opted out of college and instead chose to pursue her music while doing other odd jobs on the side. She moved to Florida, where she was primarily bartending and busking on the beach but returned to Toronto in 2014 after being accepted to The Remix Project's Academy of Recording Arts.[4]


In 2014, she and King Louie released a joint single titled "Living in the Sky".[6] In 2016, she released the singles "Shutter Island"[7] and "Figures".

In April 2017, Reyez released her debut EP, Kiddo[8] as well as her short film Gatekeeper. The latter was based on her experience with music producer Noel "Detail" Fisher, who was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including artist Bebe Rexha.[9] It was nominated to the Long List of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. She received two 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards nominations for Best New Canadian Artist and Fan Fave Video for "Shutter Island".[10][11] She performed "Figures" at the 2017 BET Awards on June 25, 2017[12] and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 8, 2017.[13] "Figures" has also received over 20 million streams on Spotify.

She won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018.[14] Later the same year, she received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song "Cotton Candy".[15]

In August 2018, she collaborated with Eminem on "Nice Guy" and "Good Guy", from the album Kamikaze.[16] She also received two 2018 MTV Video Music Award nominations for Push Artist of the Year and Video With a Message for the song "Gatekeeper".[17]


Extended plays

  • Kiddo (2017)
  • Being Human in Public (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Best New Canadian Artist Herself Nominated
Fan Fave Video "Shutter Island" Nominated
2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List Kiddo Nominated
2018 Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist Herself Won
MTV Video Music Awards Push Artist of the Year Herself Nominated
Video with a Message "Gatekeeper" Nominated
MTV Europe Music Award Best New Act Herself Nominated

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with
"Faking It"
(featuring Kehlani and Lil Yachty)
2017 Calvin Harris Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 Co-writer Adam Wiles, Miles McCollum
"Fuck It" 2018 Tony Cobain Non-album single Tony Cobain
"One Kiss"
(with Dua Lipa)
Calvin Harris TBA Adam Wiles, Dua Lipa
(with Sam Smith)
Adam Wiles, Samuel Smith
"Slow Down"
(with Calvin Harris)
Normani Normani Kordei, Adam Wiles


  1. ^ "Kiddo by Jessie Reyez on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Yoo, Noah; Pearce, Sheldon. "Calvin Harris Announces Star-Studded New Album: Frank Ocean, Nicki, Travis Scott, Katy Perry, Many More | Pitchfork". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ Black, Adrienne. "PREMIERE: Tim Suby and Jessie Reyez Create Anthem About Ignoring Emotions On Bubbly "k goodnight"". PigeonsandPlanes. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b Patsuk, Slava. "Toronto's Jessie Reyez Connects with King Louie on Unlikely Terms". Noisey. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jessie Reyez – Chart history (Canadian Hot 100)". Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Goddard, Kevin. "King Louie - Living In The Sky Feat. Jessie Reyez | Stream [New Song]". Hot New Hip Hop. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Twardzik, Tom (January 24, 2017). "Listen to the Newest Single By Upcoming R&B Hitmaker Jessie Reyez". Popdust. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Patrick, Ryan B. "Jessie Reyez Kiddo". Exclaim. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  9. ^ Leight, Elias (10 May 2018). "Jessie Reyez Accuses Beyonce Producer Detail of Sexual Misconduct". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Fan Fave Video Nominee Jessie Reyez Drops Personal Short Film 'Gatekeeper'". MMVAs. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Watch the iHeartRadio MMVAs Sunday June 18 @ 9E/6P". MMVAs. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Beyoncé Reigns Supreme At 2017 BET Awards - Canyon News". Canyon News. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Cantor, Brian (8 August 2017). "Jessie Reyez Delivers Excellent Performance On Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show"". Headline Planet. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead 2018 Juno Award nominations". CBC Music, February 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Nominees Revealed". Exclaim!, May 24, 2018.
  16. ^ Leight, Elias (31 August 2018). "Eminem Producer Explains Why 'Kamikaze' Is a Throwback to Slim Shady". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  17. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards: The Complete Winners List". Variety. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.

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