2020 JUNO FAN CHOICE | Ali Gatie | | The JUNO Awards

Canadian performer Ali Gatie makes emotive, womb-like R&B and SoundCloud rap. Gatie initially broke through in 2017 after winning the RhymeStars song contest sponsored by online digital production marketplace BeatStars. A year later, he gained viral attention with his yearning single “Moonlight.”

Born in 1997, Gatie grew up in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, where he started listening to music at a young age. At age 20, he started posting tracks online, collaborating with producer/beatmakers like Shumxi and Phantum.

In 2017, he gained wider recognition after winning the RhymeStars song contest, which was judged by Joe Budden. Following his win, he issued several tracks online that went viral, including the longing R&B ballad “Moonlight” and “I Can’t Lie.”

In June 2019, Gatie issued the single “It’s You,” which cracked the Top 30 of Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart.