Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara at WFUV.jpg
Cara at WFUV in June 2015
Background information
Birth name Alessia Caracciolo
Born (1996-07-11) July 11, 1996 (age 22)[1]
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Origin Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2015–present

Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara (/əˈlɛsiə ˈkɑːrə/[3]), is a Canadian singer and songwriter.[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", which 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]

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]

Early life and education[edit]

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]


Cara appeared on various radio stations; including 15 Seconds of Fame on Mix 104.1 Boston.[13] In 2014, she signed a deal with EP Entertainment imprint, along the distribution of Def Jam Recordings.[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]

Promotional photograph of Cara from 2015

On July 29, 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single, "Here" 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, "Here." Her debut album, Know-It-All, was released on November 13, 2015.[23][24] 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, the official video for "Wild Things" was released.[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. 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 185 million views on YouTube.[29] The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura.[30]

Cara released a music video for "Seventeen" in December 2016.[31]

Cara performed on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on February 4, 2017.[32] On February 23, a lyric 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 premiered on August 17, 2017 on Logic's Vevo Channel on YouTube.

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.[33]

On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts.[34] 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.[35] The single, titled "Growing Pains," was released on June 15, 2018.[36] Its music video was released on June 20, 2018.[37]

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.[38] The single, titled "A Little More," was released on July 11, 2018, with the music video also released the same day.[39]


Cara is an R&B[40] and alternative R&B[41] singer. She also creates music in the pop, soul, and indie pop genres.[42][43]

Her influences include Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas,[44] Drake and Ed Sheeran.[45]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee / work Result Ref.
2015 Streamy Awards Original Song "Here" Won [46]
2016 BBC Sound of Sound of 2016 N/A
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite New Artist Alessia Cara Nominated
Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won [48]
Fan Choice Award Nominated
Single of the Year "Here" Nominated
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Four Pink Walls Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Cover Song "Bad Blood" – Covering Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Of The Year Alessia Cara Nominated [49]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Songs "Here" Won [50]
Much Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated [51]
Best Pop Video Nominated
Most Buzzworthy Canadian Nominated
Best New Canadian Artist Won
iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year Nominated
Fan Fave Video Nominated
Fan Fave Artist or Group Alessia Cara Nominated
BET Awards Best New Artist Nominated [52]
SOCAN Awards Breakout Artist Won [53]
Canadian Radio Music Awards Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR Won [54]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video "Wild Things" Nominated [55]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Canadian Act Alessia Cara Nominated
Best Push Act Nominated
American Music Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best R&B Video "Here" Nominated
BBC Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist Alessia Cara Nominated [56]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Pop Artist Nominated
Best Lyrics "Scars to Your Beautiful" Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards Performance in a variety or sketch comedy program or series Juno Awards of 2016 Nominated
Juno Awards JUNO Fan Choice Award Alessia Cara Nominated [57]
Single of the Year "Wild Things" Nominated [57]
Artist of the Year Alessia Cara Nominated [57]
Pop Album of the Year Know-It-All Won [57]
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Of The Year Alessia Cara Won [58]
Best Crush Song "Wild"
(Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara)
Nominated [58]
Canadian Music Awards Fans Choice Award Alessia Cara Won
Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream AC Won
Song Of The Year "Wild Things" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Best New Artist Alessia Cara Nominated [59]
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Most Buzzworthy Canadian Nominated [60]
Canadian Single of the Year "Scars to Your Beautiful" Nominated
Fan Fave Artist or Group Alessia Cara Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Artist Alessia Cara Nominated [61]
Choice Song: Female Artist "Scars To Your Beautiful" Nominated
Choice Collaboration "Stay" (with Zedd) Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance "Stay" (with Zedd) Won [62]
Best Fight Against The System "Scars To Your Beautiful" Won
Video Of The Year Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Alessia Cara Nominated [63]
2018 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Alessia Cara Won [64]
Song of the Year "1-800-273-8255" (with Logic and Khalid) Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Stay" (with Zedd) Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated [65]
Dance Song of the Year Won
Female Artist of the Year Alessia Cara Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist Alessia Cara Nominated [66]
Juno Awards Fan Choice Award Alessia Cara Nominated [67]
Single of the Year "How Far I’ll Go" Nominated
ASCAP Pop Awards Award Winning Song "Stay" (with Zedd) Won [68]
"1-800-273-8255" (with Logic and Khalid) Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Song "Stay" (with Zedd) Nominated [69]
MTV VMAS Best Collaboration "1-800-273-8255"(with Logic and Khalid) Nominated [70]
Best Cinematography "Growing Pains" Nominated
Video with a Message "1-800-273-8255" Nominated }


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