Canadian indie-pop artist, Leslie Feist, was born in 1976 to two very artistic parents. Her father is an abstract expressionist painter and her mother studied ceramics as student. Leslie Feist, known simply as Feist professionally, has been singing in choirs since her youth and always aspired to be a writer. When Feist was twelve, she performed in the Calgary Winter Olympics‘ opening ceremonies as one of a thousand dancers. The memorable event served as inspiration for the video of her hit song, “1234.”
As a fifteen-year-old girl, Feist started up a Calgary punk band and dubbed herself the lead singer. The band won a local Battle of the Bands contest and was given the opening slot for a festival which featured the Ramones. At the festival, Feist met a variety of musical contacts and ten years later joined Broken Social Scene with one of the members of the band who performed before her. Despite having to take time off to recover from vocal chord damage in the mid 1990′s, Feist stayed deep in the music scene. She played bass guitar for a year with a band and eventually toured with another band as the rhythm guitarist.
Her debut album, “Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down), was released in 1999. After more touring and joining up with Broken Social Scene, she released her second studio album, “Let it Die.” The second album enjoyed moderate success and Feist won several awards for the record. Her mainstream success occurred after the release of her third album, “The Reminder.” The hit song of the album is “1234″ and it was featured in a commercial for Apple‘s iPod nano in 2007. The catchy tune definitely caught the public’s ear and the song launched Feist to the top of the charts. Since then, Feist released her fourth studio album, “Metals,” in 2011 and continues to be present musically and artistically. Feist has appeared in several films and continues to perform live.
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