Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara
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Cara performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlessia Caracciolo
Born (1996-07-11) July 11, 1996 (age 22) [1]
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Origin Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • instrumentalist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • ukulele
  • piano
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara ( /əˈlɛsiəˈkɑːrə/ [3] ), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. [4] [5] After producing acoustic covers, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and released her debut single the following year. "Here" reached number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and was a sleeper hit in the United States, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [6] [7]

EP Entertainment

EP Entertainment is an American record label founded by Robert "Robeo" Eleazer and Tony "The Negotiator" Perez. EP Entertainment operates in partnerships with Capitol Music Group / Universal Music Group. EP is a full-service entertainment company. It self-operates within divisions in music publishing, touring and merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; as well as a music label. EP Entertainment is home to a diverse roster of recording artists, writers, and producers Including Alessia Cara, Sebastian Kole, Dylan Hyde, Ljay Currie, Sylah, Jared Evan, Riquel V, producers Click N Press, Fredro, & Big Tank.

Def Jam Recordings American record label

Def Jam Recordings is an American record label focused predominantly on hip hop and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group. In the UK, the label takes on the name Def Jam UK and is operated through Virgin EMI Records, while in Japan, it is known as Def Jam Japan, operating through Universal Music Japan. The label distributes releases of various record labels, including Kanye West's GOOD Music, and Listen Up Forever Records, headed by producer, Ronny J. Current artists include Justin Bieber, Logic, Big Sean, Kanye West, Nas, 2 Chainz, Teyana Taylor, YG, Dave East, Jeezy, Jeremih, Q-Tip, Valee, Pusha T, Vince Staples, Fabolous, Desiigner and Jhené Aiko.

Here (Alessia Cara song) 2015 debut single by Alessia Cara

"Here" is the debut single by Canadian singer Alessia Cara. It is the lead single for her extended play (EP) Four Pink Walls (2015) and her debut album Know-It-All (2015). The song was released on April 30, 2015. Created around a sample of "Ike's Rap II" by Isaac Hayes from the album Black Moses, "Here" is about people who secretly hate parties. The song slowly gained popularity, and became Cara's first US Billboard Hot 100 chart entry debuting at number 95 for the week of August 22, 2015. It later became her first top five single on the chart and reached the top of the US Pop Songs chart after a historic 26-week climb. "Here" has charted in the top 40 in Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The official remix features American rapper Logic. The song was featured on the third season of the comedy-drama television series Younger.


Cara's debut studio album, Know-It-All (2015), reached number 8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album's third single, "Scars to Your Beautiful", reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. In 2017, Cara collaborated with DJ and producer Zedd to create the single "Stay", and with rapper Logic to feature in his song "1-800-273-8255". Cara has received nominations for four Grammy Awards, including a win for Best New Artist in 2018. [8] Her second studio album, The Pains of Growing (2018), saw the moderate commercial success of the singles "Growing Pains" and "Trust My Lonely".

<i>Know-It-All</i> 2015 studio album by Alessia Cara

Know-It-All is the debut studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. It was released on November 13, 2015 through Def Jam Recordings. The album followed the release of her debut extended play (EP) Four Pink Walls (2015), which Cara regarded as a preview of the album. Know-It-All contains the five original songs from Four Pink Walls as well as five new songs recording for the album. Cara co-wrote all the tracks and worked closely with Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole amongst others. The album led Cara to receive the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2018.

The Canadian Albums Chart is the official album sales chart in Canada. It is compiled every Monday by U.S.-based music sales tracking company Nielsen SoundScan, and published every Tuesday by Billboard.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Life and career

1996–2013: Early life

Alessia Caracciolo hails from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. [9] Her family is from Calabria. Her father was born in Canada to Italian parents and her mother is an Italian immigrant. [4] [10] She can speak Italian. [11] As a child, she wrote poetry and did theatre. [12] She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. [12] At the age of 13, she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed. [12]

Brampton City in Ontario, Canada

Brampton is a city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Situated in Southern Ontario, it is a suburban city in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the seat of Peel Region. The city has a population of 593,638 as of the Canada 2016 Census. Brampton is Canada's ninth-most populous municipality, the seventy-seventh largest city in North America and the third most populous city in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, behind Toronto and Mississauga.

Ontario Province of Canada

Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.

Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School is a separate high school located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, named after Aloysius Ambrozic. The school is part of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. The winter uniform consists of a burgundy zipper sweater and khaki pants. The spring uniform consists of a burgundy golf shirt and khaki pants. It ranked 309 of 749 schools in Ontario in 2013/2014. This school is a traditional Catholic school. It was named in honour of Cardinal Ambrozic who died August 2011. Notable people who attended this school include Alessia Cara.

2014–2017: Career beginnings and Know-It-All

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Promotional photograph of Cara from 2015

In 2014, she signed a management deal with EP Entertainment. [13] [14] [15] In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single through Def Jam. [16] Titled "Here", it was described by MTV as "a song for everyone who secretly hates parties." [14] Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party and being super uncomfortable at it. [6] On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the "can't-miss" track by Spin, [5] as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan . [17] The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex [18] and included on Billboard 's "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist" in June 2015. [19] Rolling Stone later ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015. [20] On July 29, 2015, Cara made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon . [21] "Here" then received a nomination for "Original Song" at the Streamy Awards. [22] She released the EP Four Pink Walls , containing five songs, including her debut single. Her debut album, Know-It-All , was released on November 13, 2015. [23] [24]

Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel that serves as the flagship property of owner Viacom Media Networks and is headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.

Pop & Oak is a songwriting and production duo consisting of Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Warren "Oak" Felder. Wansel is the son of Dexter Wansel, staff songwriter, producer and session musician of Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records.

She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of... award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up. [25] Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards. [26] On March 7, 2016, Cara released a music video for "Wild Things." [27] In April 2016, Cara was announced to be one of the supporting acts of British alternative rock band Coldplay in the European and North American legs of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, alongside British singer songwriter and Grammy winner Foxes. [28] On June 23, 2016, Cara was featured in a re-released version of the song "Wild" by Troye Sivan. The music video was released on July 22, 2016. [29] She played Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016, in the John Peel tent. The music video for Cara's single "How Far I'll Go", from the Disney film Moana , was released on November 3, 2016, and since then has received over 200 million views on YouTube. [30] The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder, and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura. [31] On December 15, 2016, Cara released a music video for "Seventeen." [32]

Sound of... is an annual BBC poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new music talent. It was first conducted by the BBC News website in 2003, and is now widely covered by the corporation's online, radio and TV outlets, as well as other media. A 10-strong longlist is published each December, with a ranked shortlist and annual winner announced the following January.

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.

Wild Things (song) 2016 single by Alessia Cara

"Wild Things" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Alessia Cara for her debut studio album, Know-It-All (2015). It was released to digital retailers on October 27, 2015, as a promotional single before being sent to contemporary hit radio on February 2, 2016, as the album's second official single. The song was written by Alessia Caracciolo, Coleridge Tillman, Thabiso "Tab" Nkhereanye, and James Ho, and was produced by the latter. Official remixes were commissioned in the spring of 2016 and were released on an extended play on May 13, 2016, one of which features a guest verse from American rapper G-Eazy.

Cara performed as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 4, 2017. [33] On April 18, 2017, the music video of the song "Stay" by Zedd featuring Cara was released. Cara featured on the song "1-800-273-8255" from Logic's Everybody album. The song was released as a single on April 28, 2017 and also features American singer-songwriter Khalid. Cara also made an appearance in the video, which was released on August 17, 2017. [34]

<i>Saturday Night Live</i> American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", properly beginning the show.

Stay (Zedd and Alessia Cara song) 2017 song by Zedd and Alessia Cara

"Stay" is a song by Russian-German electronic music producer Zedd and Canadian singer Alessia Cara. The single was released on 23 February 2017 through Interscope Records. The official music video was released on YouTube on 18 April 2017.

Zedd Russian-German electronic dance music producer and DJ

Anton Zaslavski, known professionally as Zedd, is a Russian-German record producer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He primarily produces and performs electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music.

2018–present: The Pains of Growing

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Cara performing in Sydney, Australia in 2018.

On January 28, 2018, Cara was named the Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards, making her the first Canadian artist to win this award. [35] On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts. [36] On June 9, she posted lyrics to a new song on her social media accounts for fans to piece together. Once completed, she announced the single's cover and name on June 11. [37] The single, entitled "Growing Pains", was released on June 15, 2018. [38] Its music video was released on June 20, 2018, [39] and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV VMAS.

On July 10, 2018, Cara announced that she would be releasing a song she made in her basement, written and produced by her, the next day, as a small gift for her birthday. The single, titled "A Little More", was released on July 11, 2018, with the music video also released the same day. [40] [41] [42] [43] On September 29, 2018, the Canadian Football League announced that Cara would be the halftime performer at the 106th Grey Cup. [44] On October 5, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled "Trust My Lonely". A music video for the song was released the same day. [45] [46] On November 8, 2018, a music video for the song "Babies" by Kyle featuring Cara was released. [47] On November 13, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled "Not Today." [48] The release date coincides with the three-year anniversary of the release of her debut album. Cara's second studio album, The Pains of Growing , was released on November 30, 2018. [49] It reached number 1 on the US iTunes Pop Chart less than two hours after its release. Despite its position on iTunes the album debuted at #71 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart; 62 positions lower than her debut in 2015. [50] "Out of Love" was eventually serviced to contemporary hit radio as the album's third single in January 2019. [51] Cara also collaborated with Alec Benjamin on “Let Me Down Slowly”, which was released on January 7, 2019. On February 21, Cara announced she would join Shawn Mendes as the opening act on his self-titled world tour for the European, United Kingdom, and United States legs. [52] [53]

Personal life

Cara was in a relationship with fellow singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett from 2016 to 2018. [54] [55]


Cara is an R&B [56] and alternative R&B [57] singer. She also creates music in the pop, soul, and indie pop genres. [58] [59]

Her influences include Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, [60] Drake and Ed Sheeran. [61]




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Awards and nominations

In 2018, Cara became the first Canadian artist to ever win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She has also received nominations at the American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, and she has won an iHeartRadio Music Award, 2 Juno Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards & an MTV Europe Music Award.

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