Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara at the Capital Pride Concert.jpeg
Cara performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlessia Caracciolo
Born (1996-07-11) July 11, 1996 (age 24) [1]
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Origin Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • ukulele
  • piano
Years active2014–present
Associated acts Pop & Oak

Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara ( /əˈlɛsiəˈkɑːrə/ [4] ), is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. [5] [6] After producing acoustic covers, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and released her debut single the following year. "Here" peaked at 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. [7] [8]


Cara's debut studio album, Know-It-All (2015), peaked at number 8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and at number 9 on the Billboard 200. The album's third single, "Scars to Your Beautiful", peaked 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. [9] She was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 2019 Latin Grammys for her collaboration with Juanes on "Querer Mejor". [10] Her second studio album, The Pains of Growing (2018), saw the moderate commercial success of the singles "Growing Pains" and "Trust My Lonely".

Life and career

1996–2013: Early life

Alessia Cara is from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. [11] Her family is from Calabria. Her father was born in Canada to Italian parents, and her mother is an Italian immigrant. [5] [12] She can speak Italian. [13] As a little girl, she wrote poetry and did theatre. [14] She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. [14] At the age of 13, she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed. [14] She saw Justin Bieber as a career model at the time. [15]

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

Promotional photograph of Cara from 2015 Alessia Cara press photo 2015.png
Promotional photograph of Cara from 2015

In 2014, she flew to U.S.A and signed a management deal with EP Entertainment. [16] [17] [18] In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single through Def Jam. [19] Titled "Here", it was described by MTV as "a song for everyone who secretly hates parties." [17] Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party and being super uncomfortable at it. [7] On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the "can't-miss" track by Spin, [6] as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan . [20] The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex [21] and included on Billboard 's "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist" in June 2015. [22] Rolling Stone later ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015. [23] On July 29, 2015, Cara made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon . [24] "Here" then received a nomination for "Original Song" at the Streamy Awards. [25] 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. [26]

From January to April 2016, Cara embarked on her first headlining tour, the "Know-It-All Tour," performing in various US and Canadian cities. [27] She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of... award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up. [28] Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards. [29] On March 7, 2016, Cara released a music video for "Wild Things." [30] 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. [31] 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. [32] 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 230 million views on YouTube. [33] The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder, and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura. [34] On December 15, 2016, Cara released a music video for "Seventeen." [35]

Cara performed as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 4, 2017. [36] 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. [37]

2018–present: The Pains of Growing and This Summer

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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. [38] On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts. [39] 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. [40] The single, entitled "Growing Pains", was released on June 15, 2018. [41] Its music video was released on June 20, 2018, [42] and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV VMAS.

In 2018, Cara covered the Elton John song "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" on his tribute album Revamp.

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. [43] [44] [45] [46] On September 29, 2018, the Canadian Football League announced that Cara would be the halftime performer at the 106th Grey Cup. [47] In October 2018, she collaborated with Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti for the song "Vale per sempre", from the album Vita ce n'è . [48] On October 5, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled "Trust My Lonely". A music video for the song was released the same day. [49] [50] On November 8, 2018, a music video for the song "Babies" by Kyle featuring Cara was released. [51] On November 13, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled "Not Today." [52] 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. [53] It debuted at number 1 on the US iTunes Pop Charts, in less than two hours after its release. Despite the successful position on iTunes, the album debuted at number 71 on the Billboard 200; 62 positions lower than her debut album in 2015. [54] "Out of Love" was eventually serviced to contemporary hit radio as the album's third single in January 2019. [55] 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. [56] [57] In May, she headlined "The Pains of Growing Tour," visiting Canadian cities in the month of May. [58]

In July 2019, Cara announced the release of an EP, This Summer , with tracks to be issued "every couple of weeks" leading up to its release on September 6, 2019. [59] She also announced that she will be adding a new leg of "The Pains of Growing Tour," visiting various US cities in October and November. [60] [61] The first single of the EP, "Ready", was released on July 22. [62] [63] The second single, "Rooting for You", was released on August 9. [64] The third single, "OKAY OKAY", was released on August 23. [65] The fourth single, "October", was released on September 3. [66] [67] The music video for "October" was released on October 1, 2019. [68]

She featured Bastille in their song "Another Place" with a music video released on November 1st. The song peaked the number 18 at Billboard Hot Rock Songs.

On November 7, Cara released her first christmas song, Make It To Christmas, wich peaked at number 1 at Billboard Canadian AC. The song was Cara's last song of the decade.

Personal life

Cara was in a relationship with singer Kevin Garrett from 2016 to 2018.

Cara has revealed on separate occasions that she experiences synesthesia; [69] [70] and also has keratosis pilaris [71] and alopecia areata. [72] [73]


Cara is a pop, [74] [75] [76] R&B, [74] [75] alternative R&B, [77] indie pop [75] and soul [76] singer.

Her influences include Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Fergie, [78] Drake and Ed Sheeran. [79]


TitleBest Charts PeakSale Certification
  • Released: November 13, 2015
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: CD, Download digital
The Pains of Growing
  • Released: November 30, 2018
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: CD, Download digital
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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 won an iHeartRadio Music Award, five Juno Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an MTV Europe Music Award.

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<i>Four Pink Walls</i> (EP) 2015 EP by Alessia Cara

Four Pink Walls is the debut extended play (EP) by Canadian singer Alessia Cara. It was released on August 26, 2015 through Def Jam. With all songs containing writing by Cara, the preview of her upcoming debut studio album Know-It-All also includes major songwriting and production contributions from the duo Pop & Oak.

"Wild" is a song by Australian singer and songwriter Troye Sivan from his fourth extended play (EP), Wild (2015). It was written by Sivan and Alex Hope, and a revised version features a contribution from Alessia Cara. The song was released on 3 September 2015 and promoted as its lead single. It is also featured on Sivan's debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood (2015).

<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.

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.

Scars to Your Beautiful Alessia Cara Song

"Scars to Your Beautiful" is a song recorded by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. Def Jam Recordings and Universal Music Group serviced it to contemporary hit radio on July 26, 2016, as the third single from her debut studio album Know-It-All (2015). The song was written by Alessia Caracciolo, Warren Felder, Andrew Wansel, Coleridge Tillman and Justin Franks, and produced by Pop & Oak and the latter two.

"How Far I'll Go" is a power ballad from Disney's 2016 animated feature film Moana. It was written and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The song was performed in the film by American actress and singer Auliʻi Cravalho in her role as Moana. It was released along with the album on November 18, 2016. Canadian singer Alessia Cara also recorded the song for the Moana soundtrack. The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 89th Academy Awards and Best Original Song at the 74th Golden Globe Awards but lost both to "City of Stars" from La La Land. It did however win the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Alessia Cara discography Cataloguing of published recordings by Alessia Cara

Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara has released two studio albums, three extended plays, fifteen singles, two promotional singles and fourteen music videos. She is signed to EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings. Cara released her debut single, "Here", in April 2015. The song became a sleeper hit, reaching the top five in the United States and the top 20 in Canada. She released her debut studio album, Know-It-All, on November 13, 2015. In 2016, Cara found greater success in the release of her third single, "Scars to Your Beautiful". The single reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US pop radio charts. In November 2016, she released a single named "How Far I'll Go" for Disney animated film Moana. In 2017, Cara collaborated with producer Zedd to create the single "Stay", which reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. She also collaborated with rapper Logic to feature in his single "1-800-273-8255", which reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lead single from Cara's second studio album, The Pains of Growing, called "Growing Pains" was released on June 15, 2018, and charted at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Trust My Lonely" and "Out of Love" were released as the second and third singles from the album respectively. The Pains of Growing was released on November 30, 2018.

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1-800-273-8255 (song) 2017 single by Logic

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Growing Pains (Alessia Cara song) Song by Alessia Cara

"Growing Pains" is a song written and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara for her second studio album, The Pains of Growing. Written solely by Cara and produced by Pop & Oak, the track explores the challenges of entering adulthood. It was released to digital retailers on June 15, 2018 through Def Jam Recordings and serviced to American hot adult contemporary radio on June 25, 2018. Its official music video received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

<i>The Pains of Growing</i> 2018 studio album by Alessia Cara

The Pains of Growing is the second studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. The album was released on November 30, 2018, by Def Jam Recordings. Its songs were mostly written by Cara herself, with co-writing from producers Pop & Oak. Musically. The Pains of Growing is a "coming of age" record, inspired by three years of the singer's life that led up to its release. Critics named Cara and her sound as "the big-sister of pop", and praised Cara's songwriting ability.

Trust My Lonely 2018 single by Alessia Cara

"Trust My Lonely" is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara, released as the second single from her second studio album, The Pains of Growing on October 5, 2018. It was produced by Pop & Oak and lyrically concerns moving on from a relationship. The song has reached number 55 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Out of Love (song)

"Out of Love" is a song recorded by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. Def Jam Recordings serviced it to contemporary hit radio on January 29, 2019, as the third single from Cara's second studio album The Pains of Growing (2018). Richard Nowels Jr. co-wrote it with Cara, and co-produced it with Dean Reid. "Out of Love" is a ballad which was inspired by a friend of Cara's who had a breakup.

Rooting for You (Alessia Cara song) 2019 single by Alessia Cara

"Rooting for You" is a song recorded by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. It was released on August 9, 2019, as the second single from her 2019 EP This Summer. The song impacted mainstream radio on August 27, 2019.

The Pains of Growing Tour

The Pains of Growing Tour was the second concert tour by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara, staged in support of her second studio album, The Pains of Growing (2018). The tour began on May 11, 2019, in Ottawa, and concluded on November 20, 2019, in Houston.


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