The daughter of an American abstract expressionist painter father and a Canadian ceramics artist mother, Feist grew up in different parts of Canada, but was living in Calgary when she got her start as lead singer with local band Placebo (not to be confused with the English band Placebo). In the mid-1990s she played bass guitar with Noah's Arkweld and rhythm guitar with By Divine Right and was guest vocalist on the Peaches album The Teaches Of Peaches. Feist made her debut album Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down) in 1999 and toured extensively, while also joining Toronto indie band Broken Social Scene. She made her commercial breakthrough, however, with her second solo album Let It Die in 2004 (recorded in Paris) which included several tracks written with fellow Canadian Gonzalez. Feist toured heavily throughout Europe with Gonzalez before releasing third album The Reminder in 2007, including 1234, which became a hit single after being featured on an Apple iPod commercial. And she had success with I Feel It All, featured in the UK TV series The Inbetweeners and the movie The Accidental Husband, but still found time to rejoin Broken Social Scene on their 2010 album Forgiveness Rock Record.