If you have your ear to the ground, it should be no surprise that Toronto musician Jessie Reyez is seconds away from blowing up. The young singer-songwriter premiered her single “Figures” last August on BBC with Zane Lowe and is gearing up for an even bigger 2017.
With this week’s release of Reyez’s latest music video “Shutter Island,” now seemed like the perfect time to share our public service announcement—y’all should be bumping Jessie Reyez.
There are few artists who can fill an empty room in an uncut music video. We can think of Alanis Morrisette, D’Angelo… and Jessie Reyez.
She’s a collaborator.
Reyez’s best known songs are solo efforts, but the Canadian musician is also a gifted collaborator. Her 2014 track with King Louie is hauntingly beautiful.
She’s got some famous fans.
Reyez got the Meghan Trainor bump when the pop singer tweeted about Reyez’s song “Figures.” The two later met backstage after one of Trainor’s shows, where the “No” singer got to tell Reyez about her love for “Figures” in person. Chicago artist Chance The Rapper is also a Reyez supporter.
This is a liddo short of what happened yesterday. What has been the most surreal about this so far is having musicians that I respect giving me positive feedback. ♥ Here’s one of em….. The funny part is the very end when I realize that 20 people were listening to our convo.. Tripped me out a Lil lol
She’s an advocate.
While many artists choose to remain quiet on issues that impact their fans, Reyez has been an outspoken advocate for a number of causes, using her growing platform to help raise money and awareness around the Dakota Pipeline, Black Lives Matter and more.
She’s here for your broken heart.
Need a song to scream/cry to? Jessie has yo back.
She’s got the goods to be great.
Reyez’s voice contains flashes of some of music’s most unique artists, with Amy Winehouse and Macy Gray coming to mind, but the Toronto native has crafted a sound that is all her own.
She’s about to be everywhere.
In 2017, get ready to see and hear a lot of Jessie Reyez. The soulful singer has already been added to the impressive line up for The Governors Ball alongside fellow Torontonians Majid Jordan and The Strumbellas.