Ali Gatie knows the way to your heart is through your ears. Over the course of 2018, the singer-songwriter from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga self-released a string of projects that took him from square one of his career to a global fan base, racking up millions of streams of unexpected hits like the acoustic-tinged ballad "Moonlight." In the process he revealed himself to have not only the single-minded focus and work ethic of a 21st century hustler but the heart of a classic songsmith. The numbers are impressive (over 13 million streams of "Moonlight" on Spotify-with nearly 15 million views of its lyric video on YouTube-and two other singles breaking 5 million streams), especially when you consider that he did it all himself, without any professional support or industry connections.
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