Haley Blais is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician who has been turning out song after song of defiant scream-into-your-pillow anthems. Her lyrics riff on the joys and banalities of every day, on the need to break apart and away from an uninspiring life, on radical acceptance, and manifesting a world where you feel proud of yourself and who you’re surrounded by.
“Canada’s nostalgia pop queen” – I-D Magazine.
Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina but currently living between LA, NYC and Richmond, VA; Lucaa (she/they) is the brainchild of singer/producer Stepha, who is a 2 spirit Afro-Indigenous artist from A Ni Sa Ho Ni (Cherokee – Blue/Medicine clan) and Arapaho ancestry. Their genre-bending anti-pop brand of music features raw and deceptively deep songwriting that pulls from their experiences as a young model in NYC, and being a queer POC artist.
At a young age, Lucaa remembers listening to their father (who was a backup singer for Rick James, Earth Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson) and mother (a trained opera singer) singing around the house. They also quickly became fascinated with more off-kilter artists like Yael Naim and Regina Spektor and would teach themself how to sing and play their songs on piano by ear. Now, Lucaa takes a grungier approach to alt-pop, with influences harnessed from Radiohead, Billie Eilish, Arlo Parks, King Mala, Dua Saleh and Olivia Rodrigo. With organic production led by Stepha’s natural intuition and vocals reminiscent of a lullaby, Lucaa’s brand of raw and emotive pop music is an expression of both their innerworkings and their culture.
Lucaa has always infused fashion and music into their art, and is working to bring indigenous representation to the music industry through their own unique expression and voice. Within the context of music and fashion, they are also shining a light on the two-spirit indigenous experience within the queer community. From their own words:
“I am striving to bring a stronger and louder Native voice and presence to the music industry. And to create an easier path for other diverse, young Indigenous artists within this world.” – Stepha (Lucaa)