The Rapid Rise of Indie Music Darling Tobias Jesso Jr.

The newly minted Polaris Music Prize Short List nominee parlayed heartbreak into hot on the charts

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How did Tobias Jesso Jr., a six-foot-seven Muppet-haired just-dumped bass player from Vancouver, become 2015’s indie darling? By parlaying his heartache into an album of earnest piano ballads that won over the entire music industry, including T. Swift and Adele.

Jan. 21: Adele tweets his first single,“How Could You Babe,” to her 21 million followers.FLR08_HPNmusic3

Feb. 9: Jesso is linked to Taylor Swift after rumours have them making out at Sam Smith’s Grammys party.


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Feb. 26: He rocks out with The Roots on The Tonight Show.

March 16: Jesso serenades Conan O’Brien in front of a string quartet.

April 3: Universal signs him.

April 4: His debut album, Goon, hits number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100.

July 16: Goon makes the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List.


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Aug. 23: Jesso plays FYF Fest in Los Angeles before kicking off a three-month world tour at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore in September.

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