Women We Love Wednesdays: Metric's Emily Haines
It's no secret that women can rock just as hard, if not harder, than men. But there seems to be a disparity when it comes to their representation in the music industry. They are topping the charts but barely getting any slots at big name festivals (this years Coachella lineup is 90 percent male). To do what we can to celebrate these women and give them the positive recognition they deserve, each week Music Times will introduce you to a female in the music industry whom we love.
Singer-songwriters, rappers, DJs, producers, filmmakers, and any woman who is part of the music industry is fair game for this segment. So read on, and get to know the women who continue to wow us. This week we'd like to show off ...
Name: Emily Haines
Profession: Lead singer, keyboard/synth for Metric
From: Toronto, Canada
Why We Love Her: She has an impeccable fashion sense to start. She is a master at crafting social commentary into her songs and can throw down a hard-driving rock track while singing wistfully in her powerful soprano. She is part of Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene and is involved in a variety of solo/side projects outside of Metric. Even the late Lou Reed thought she was pretty great and collaborated with her on Metric's latest album, Synthetica.
Background: She grew up in a house full of art and decided to pursue it when she was a teenager. She attended Etobicoke School of the Arts to study drama (she also met the future founders of Broken Social Scene there). She started the band Metric back in 1998 and has since released five studio albums to high acclaim. Their latest album, Synthetica, was released in 2012. The recently band won three awards at the 2013 Juno Awards.
Fun Facts: She was born in India; her father was a poet
What Now: Metric is still touring in support of Synthetica with a show tonight in Georgia.
Check out the Lou Reed-collaborate track "The Wanderlust," and let us know what you think in the comments section below!