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)
Origin Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • ukulele
Years active 2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website alessiacara.com

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 5 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, Cara found greater success in the release of her third single, Scars to Your Beautiful, a song about self-acceptance. The single reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped US pop radio charts. In 2017, Cara collaborated with producer Zedd to create the single Stay, which has since reached the top 40 on the Hot 100 and the top 20 on the US pop charts.

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]

Career[edit]

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.[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 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.

Influences[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
CAN
[32]
AUS
[33]
DEN
[34]
GER
[35]
IRE
[36]
NL
[37]
NZ
[38]
SWE
[39]
UK
[40]
US
[41]
Know-It-All 8 16 19 99 52 34 26 21 14 9

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
CAN
[32]
NZ
[38]
US
[41]
Four Pink Walls 11 21 31

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[44]
AUS
[33]
DEN
[34]
GER
[35]
IRE
[36]
NL
[37]
NZ
[38]
SWE
[45]
UK
[40]
US
[46]
"Here" 2015 19 12 58 59 71 25 15 62 28 5 Know-It-All
"Wild Things" 2016 14 25 76 66 58 12 61 63 50
"Scars to Your Beautiful" 14 8 37 19 35 30 15 10 55 8
"Stay"
(with Zedd)
2017 10
[58]
6
[59]
14
[60]
16 25
[61]
15 15
[62]
25
[63]
23 27
[64]
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[33]
US Bub.
"Wild"
(Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara)[65]
2016 26 4 Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[44]
AUS
[33]
DEN
[34]
GER
[35]
IRE
[36]
NL
[37]
NZ
[38]
SWE
[45]
UK
[40]
US
[46]
"How Far I'll Go" 2016 46 15 32
[66]
53 26
[67]
26 3
[68]
7
[69]
49 56 Moana

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
HAC

[71]
ITA
[72]
"I'm Yours" 2017 46 Know-It-All
"Cuore Nerd"
(J-Ax & Fedez featuring Alessia Cara)
44
[73]
Comunisti col Rolex

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"I Can Only" 2016 JoJo Mad Love[74]
"Remember Home" Sebastian Kole Soup[75]
"What You Here For" Jin At Infinit Reflection
"How Far I'll Go" N/A Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Cuore Nerd" 2017 J-Ax & Fedez Comunisti col Rolex

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2015 Streamy Awards Original Song "Here" Won [76]
2016 BBC Sound of Sound of 2016 N/A
Second
[77]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite New Artist Alessia Cara Nominated
Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won [78]
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 [79]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Songs "Here" Won [80]
Much Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated [81]
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 [82]
SOCAN Awards Breakout Artist Won [83]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video "Wild Things" Nominated [84]
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 [85]
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 Pending
Single of the Year "Wild Things" Pending
Artist of the Year Alessia Cara Pending
Pop Album of the Year "Know-It-All" Pending [86]
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Of The Year Alessia Cara Pending
Best Crush Song "Wild" ft. Troye Sivan Pending [87]

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