Inside and Out

Feist:  Inside and Out

Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda

artist:  Feist

songwriters:  the Bee Gees:  Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb

date released:  1979 by the Bee Gees as "Love You Inside and Out"; released as "Inside Out" by Feist in 2005

Leslie Feist was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1976.  Both her parents were artists; her father was an abstract expressionist painter and her mother, a ceramics artist.  The couple divorced and Lyn Feist moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, and then to Calgary Alberta with her two children. 

Feist's first taste of performance came at the age of twelve when she danced with 1000 other youth for the Calgary Winter Olympics.

At the age of fifteen, Feist was already experimenting with alternative music.  Joining a Calgary punk band called Placebo, she rocked her way playing all the roles from backup music to lead vocalist.  Soon she was touring around Canada, the U.S. and Europe.  It was in Toronto in 2001 where she joined an idie rock group and produced her first successful album, "Let It Die" for which she won two Juno Awards in 2004 for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Rock Album.  

Fast forward to 2007 when Feist released her solo album, "The Reminder" which contained her huge surprise hit, "1234".  Later, Feist would joke that it was her dual Canadian-American citizenship (her father was American), that landed "1234" the feature spot in an Apple iPod nano commercial and a place in major rockdom.  "1234" won another Juno Award for Feist as "Single of the Year".  Moving on to major television exposure, Feist performed her hit song on Sesame Street teaching children to count, and then on late night with Saturday Night Live.