Hamilton synth-pop singer Jessy Lanza is on the short list of 10 for the Polaris Music Prize. The winner of the Polaris Prize receives $50,000. All other short listed artists receive $3,000.
Lanza was profiled last week by the Toronto Star’s Pop Music Critic Ben Rayner:
“I really had no idea whatsoever what we were doing.”
So confesses Jessy Lanza of the tentative creative process that birthed her enormously acclaimed 2013 debut album Pull My Hair Back — a process that, all things considered, worked out pretty well, given the rave reviews that piled up behind the record in pretty much every high-profile international outlet you can name.
It eventually wound its way to a perch alongside the likes of Drake, the Arcade Fire and Tanya Tagaq on the 2014 Polaris Music Prize short list. Her recently released follow-up LP, Oh No, just made this year’s short list too. Not bad for your first two tries, eh?