Cara at WFUV in June 2015
|Birth name||Alessia Caracciolo|
July 11, 1996|
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
|Origin||Brampton, Ontario, Canada|
Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara (/
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.
Early life and education
Alessia Caracciolo hails from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. Her family is from Calabria. Her father was born in Canada to Italian parents and her mother is an Italian immigrant. She can speak Italian. As a child, she wrote poetry and did theatre. She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.
Cara appeared on various radio stations; including 15 Seconds of Fame on Mix 104.1 Boston. In 2014, she signed a deal with EP Entertainment imprint, along the distribution of Def Jam Recordings.
In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single, through Def Jam. Titled "Here," it was described by MTV as "a song for everyone who secretly hates parties." Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party and being super uncomfortable at it. On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the "can't-miss" track by Spin, as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan. The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex and included on Billboard's "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist" in June 2015. Rolling Stone later ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.
On July 29, 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single, "Here" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "Here" then received a nomination for "Original Song" at the Streamy Awards. 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. She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of... award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up.
Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards. On March 7, 2016, the official video for "Wild Things" was released. 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. 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. The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura.
Cara released a music video for "Seventeen" in December 2016.
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.
On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts. 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. The single, titled "Growing Pains," was released on June 15, 2018. Its music video was released on June 20, 2018.
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.
- Know-It-All (2015)
- The Pains of Growing (2018)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Association||Category||Nominee / work||Result||Ref.|
|2015||Streamy Awards||Original Song||"Here"||Won|||
|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|||
|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|||
|ASCAP Pop Music Awards||Most Performed Songs||"Here"||Won|||
|Much Music Video Awards||Video of the Year||Nominated|||
|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|||
|SOCAN Awards||Breakout Artist||Won|||
|Canadian Radio Music Awards||Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR||Won|||
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Pop Video||"Wild Things"||Nominated|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Single of the Year||"Wild Things"||Nominated|||
|Artist of the Year||Alessia Cara||Nominated|||
|Pop Album of the Year||Know-It-All||Won|||
|Radio Disney Music Awards||Breakout Artist Of The Year||Alessia Cara||Won|||
|Best Crush Song||"Wild"
(Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara)
|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|||
|iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards||Most Buzzworthy Canadian||Nominated|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Best Fight Against The System||"Scars To Your Beautiful"||Won|
|Video Of The Year||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist||Alessia Cara||Nominated|||
|2018||Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||Alessia Cara||Won|||
|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|||
|Dance Song of the Year||Won|
|Female Artist of the Year||Alessia Cara||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Breakout Artist||Alessia Cara||Nominated|||
|Juno Awards||Fan Choice Award||Alessia Cara||Nominated|||
|Single of the Year||"How Far I’ll Go"||Nominated|
|ASCAP Pop Awards||Award Winning Song||"Stay" (with Zedd)||Won|||
|"1-800-273-8255" (with Logic and Khalid)||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Dance/Electronic Song||"Stay" (with Zedd)||Nominated|||
|MTV VMAS||Best Collaboration||"1-800-273-8255"(with Logic and Khalid)||Nominated|||
|Best Cinematography||"Growing Pains"||Nominated|
|Video with a Message||"1-800-273-8255"||Nominated||}