ARTIST PROFILE

Alessia Cara

Name: Alessia Caracciolo 

Birthday: July 11, 1996

Fav Dish: Hot Wings

Alessia Caracciolo known professionally as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter.

Caracciolo hails from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. She is of Italian descent from Siderno, Calabria; her father was born in Canada to Italian parents, and her mother is an Italian immigrant. 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.

After producing acoustic covers of songs on YouTube, she signed with Def Jam Recordings and released her debut single, “Here”, which was a sleeper hit and reached the top 5 in the United States and the top 20 in Canada. Cara’s debut studio album, Know-It-All, was released in 2015. The third single from the album, “Scars to Your Beautiful”, reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following year. In 2017, Cara collaborated with producer Zedd to create the single “Stay”, and rapper Logic to feature in his song “1-800-273-8255”. With both songs reaching number 7 and number 3 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100, they became Cara’s third and fourth songs to reach the US top 10.

Cara appeared on various radio stations; including 15 Seconds of Fame on Mix 104.1 Boston.

In 2015, 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 as, “a song for everyone who secretly hates parties” by MTV. Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party before realizing how much she hated parties. 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 Billboards “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 the “Original Song” at the Streamy Award.

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 140 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 performed on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on February 4, 2017. On February 23, a lyric video of the song “Stay” by Zedd featuring Alessia 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’s influences include Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Drake and Ed Sheeran.

Cara’s singing and writing style has been compared to singers such as Lorde, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, and Norah Jones.

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