Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara press photo 2015.png
Background information
Birth name Alessia Caracciolo
Born (1996-07-11) July 11, 1996 (age 20)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • ukulele
Years active 2014–present
Associated acts

Alessia Caracciolo (Italian pronunciation: [aˈlɛssja kaˈrattʃolo]; born July 11, 1996), professionally known as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter.[2] She is signed to EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings and released her debut single, "Here", from the debut studio album, Know-It-All, released November 13, 2015. A sleeper hit, the song reached the top five in the United States and the top 20 in Canada.[3] Prior to her work for Def Jam, she produced acoustic covers on YouTube.[4]

In 2016, her single "Scars to Your Beautiful" reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US pop radio charts. In 2017, Cara collaborated with producer Zedd to create the single "Stay", which has since reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third top ten song.

Early life and education[edit]

Caracciolo is from Brampton, Ontario where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School.[5] She is of Italian descent from Calabria; her father was born in Canada to Italian parents, and her mother is an Italian immigrant.[6][7] As a child, she wrote poetry and did theatre.[8] She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs.[8] At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.[8]


Cara's singing and writing style has been compared to singers such as Lorde, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, and Norah Jones.[9][10] She also appeared on various radio stations; including 15 Seconds of Fame on Mix 104.1 Boston.[11] In 2015, she signed a deal with EP Entertainment imprint, along the distribution of Def Jam Recordings.[12][13]

In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single, through Def Jam.[14] Titled "Here", it was described as, "a song for everyone who secretly hates parties" by MTV.[12] 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.[4] On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the "can't-miss" track by Spin,[2] as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan.[10] The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex[15] and included on Billboard's "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist" in June 2015.[16] Rolling Stone later ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.[17]

Cara at WFUV June 2015

On July 29, 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single, "Here" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[18] "Here" then received a nomination for the "Original Song" at the Streamy Award.[19] 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.[20][21] She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of... award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up.[22]

Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards.[23] On March 7, 2016, the official video for "Wild Things" was released.[24] 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. [25] 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.[26] The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura.[27]

Cara released a music video for "Seventeen" in December 2016.[28]

Cara performed on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on February 4, 2017.[29] On February 23, a lyric video of the song "Stay" by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara was released.


Cara's influences include Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas,[30] Drake and Ed Sheeran.[31]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee / work Result Ref.
2015 Streamy Awards Original Song "Here" Won [32]
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 [34]
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 [35]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Songs "Here" Won [36]
Much Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated [37]
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 [38]
SOCAN Awards Breakout Artist Won [39]
Canadian Radio Music Awards Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR Won [40]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video "Wild Things" Nominated [41]
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 [42]
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 [43]
Single of the Year "Wild Things" Nominated [43]
Artist of the Year Alessia Cara Nominated [43]
Pop Album of the Year Know-It-All Won [43]
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Of The Year Alessia Cara Pending [44]
Best Crush Song "Wild"
(Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara)
Pending [44]
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 Pending


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  15. ^ Zorgel, Aaron (30 April 2015). "Northern Touch: The Best Canadian Songs of April". Complex. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (June 11, 2015). "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist". Billboard. 
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  22. ^ "Jack Garratt tops BBC Sound of 2016 list". January 8, 2016. 
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  31. ^ Sound of BBC: 2nd Alessia Cara. BBC. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  32. ^ "5th Annual Winners & Nominees". The Streamy Awards. 
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  36. ^ "2016 ASCAP Pop Music Awards". Hugo Gloss. 
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  39. ^ "SOCAN Announces Award Recipients - Broadcaster Magazine". Broadcaster Magazine. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
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  41. ^ "Get Ready: Your 2016 VMA Nominations Are Here". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  42. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
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  44. ^ a b "2017 Radio Disney Music Awards: complete list of nominees". Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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