Alessia Cara is one of the hottest new artists to emerge in 2015 with Billboard naming her as the No. 1 Twitter Emerging Artist. The 19-year-old musician’s first full-length album dropped on November 13, but fans and music lovers have been obsessing over her since she released her single “Here,” earlier this year. Before streaming the anti-social album of the year, check out these 8 things you should know about the up-and-coming star.
8. The singer/songwriter is from the “Great White North” (aka Canada). She was born in Brampton, Ontario, about 20 minutes outside of Toronto. Other great Canadian musicians? Justin Beiber and Drake. After a long-awaited introduction, Cara finally met the former Degrassi star at Squamish music festival, and took to Instagram to express her excitement. Hopefully listeners will soon get to hear a collaboration from the two!
7. Cara first became interested in pursuing her music when she was 10-years-old and received her first guitar. Throughout her teenage years, the shy musician would record amazing covers in her closet to avoid performing in front of others. Her YouTube channel boasted covers from powerhouses like Amy Winehouse and Adele, with Cara doing justice to all of them.
6. “Here,” Cara’s debut single, is based off of a true story that most of us are familiar with. When she was sixteen, the singer attended an party where she felt out of place and uncomfortable. In the music video for the song, Cara recreated the scene she remembers from that night. She even had the actual strangers from the party participate in the video and play their actual roles. So cool!
5. Alessia is super in touch with her deep Italian roots. Her mother was born and raised in Italy, while her father is a first-generation Canadian whose parents were born in the boot-shaped country. She grew up speaking the native language because her mother spoke little English, and she carried a slight accent until she enrolled in kindergarten.
4. Her big break came when the daughter of EP Entertainment owner Tony Perez discovered her cover of The Neighborhood’s “Sweater Weather” on Youtube. After tweeting her and flying her to NYC, Cara signed with Def Jam records. Throughout the next year, Cara was working towards both finishing her first album and earning her high school diploma. Her first EP “Four Pink Walls” dropped in August 2015, three months before “Know It All” released.
3. Cara was extremely introverted and shy as a child. To cope with her insecurities, the singer would make up elaborate, often amusing lies to tell to her friends. By telling her classmates her bus driver had kidnapped her or that she was a worm expert, she was able to build confidence and grow comfortable in her skin. In an interview with Complex, she claims that her personality did a “180” in middle school and she became loud and outspoken.
2. She was invited to be a guest on Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour and performed her single “Here,” with the grammy-winning musician. Prior to the tour, Cara had direct messaged Swift asking for advice on her upcoming album. Swift messaged back asking the singer to perform with her at one of her shows. In an interview with radio.com, Cara described the experience as amazing. “There were 55,000 people, that’s a lot of people! I came up on the elevator thing from under the stage, I felt like Madonna! I felt so cool.”
1. The singer’s hidden talent? She can do crazy good impressions of celebrities. In an instance, Cara can transform her voice to impersonate other famous singers like Ariana Grande, Lorde and Alanis Morissette. The best part of her Lorde impression? Her crazy hand gestures that match the New Zealand musician!