Colombian-Canadian Singer and Songwriter Jessie Reyez Performs Live for Latino USA

Jan 10, 2020
2:20 PM
Originally published at Latino USA

Jessie Reyez is a Colombian-Canadian singer and songwriter known for her mesmerizing voice and gripping lyrics. Her breakout single about heartbreak titled “Figures” made it on Canada’s Top 100 in 2017, and her EP Being Human in Public has been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the upcoming 2020 Grammys.

And while her fans see themselves in her love songs, it is her truth-telling via music that has allowed Reyez to begin leaving her mark. At the height of the #MeToo movement, she performed “Gatekeeper” on late-night U.S. shows, a song about her experience with sexism in the music industry. And towards the end of 2019, she released “Far Away,” a track that sheds light on immigration and family separation.

Jessie Reyez stopped by Latino USA‘s office to perform “Far Away,” and her Spanish-language song titled “Sola.”

Production and sound engineering for this video was done by Jeanne Montalvo, camera and videography was done by Amanda Alcántara.


NPR’s Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa, produced by Futuro Media, is the longest-running Latino-focused program on U.S. public media.