Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (/kəˈmiːlə kəˈbeɪoʊ/; Spanish: [kaˈmila kaˈβeʎo]; born March 3, 1997) is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed on The X Factor (U.S.) in 2012, signing a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records.
While a part of Fifth Harmony, Cabello began to establish herself as a solo artist with the release of the collaborations “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes, and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, the latter reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 U.S chart. After leaving the group in December 2016, Cabello released several other collaborations, including “Hey Ma” with Pitbull and J Balvin for The Fate of the Furious soundtrack.
Her debut solo single “Crying in the Club” was released in May 2017, and peaked at number 47 in the U.S. Refocusing her sound to Latin-influenced music thereafter, her debut studio album Camila (2018) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with its lead single “Havana” topping the charts in several countries, including the UK and the U.S. The second single “Never Be the Same” also reached the top 10 in several countries.
2017– present: Camila and upcoming second studio album
On January 25, 2017, “Love Incredible”, a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat, leaked online. The official version of the song was released on February 16, and later featured on Cashmere’s debut studio album, 9. Cabello recorded “Hey Ma” with Pitbull and J Balvin for The Fate of the Furious soundtrack. The Spanish version of the single and its music video were released on March 10, 2017, and the English version was released on April 6. The singer was also featured on a collaboration with Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Quavo, for the song “Know No Better”. In May 2017, Cabello announced the future release of her first studio album, at the time titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., which she described as “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again.” Her debut solo single “Crying in the Club” was released on May 19, 2017, followed by a performance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The single peaked at number 47 in the United States. She joined Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour as an opening act for several of its dates, and also partnered with clothing brand Guess as the face for their 2017 Fall campaign.
New writing and recording sessions for her album were influenced by the success of her single “Havana”, which postponed its original release date. Upon its release, the single reached number one in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Hungary and the United States. It also spent seven weeks atop the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. The song became Spotify’s most-streamed song ever by a solo female artist in June 2018, with over 888 million streams at the time. Titled Camila, her debut album is a pop record containing Latin-influenced songs and ballads. Camila was released on January 12, 2018 and debuted at number one in the United States with 119,000 album-equivalent units, including 65,000 from pure album sales. The album was eventually certified platinum in the country. “Real Friends” and “Never Be the Same” were released in the same day on December 7, 2017; the latter becoming her third top 10 entry on the Hot 100. “Havana” and “Never Be the Same” made Cabello the first artist to top the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 airplay charts with the first two singles from a debut studio album.
In April 2018, Cabello embarked on the Never Be the Same Tour, her first as a solo artist. She was featured in “Sangria Wine”, a song she recorded with Pharrell Williams. Cabello released the song live during her headlining tour. In May 2018, Cabello made a cameo appearance in Maroon 5’s music video for “Girls Like You”. In the same month, she began performing as the opening act for American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour in between the European leg of the Never Be the Same Tour. She headlined an arena for the first time on July 31, 2018 at the Mohegun Sun Arena. Cabello was featured in the remix version of “Beautiful”, a song from American singer Bazzi. The song was released on August 2. On October 8, Cabello released the video single, “Consequences”, having first surprised 12 of her biggest fans in advance, with a “Most Amazing Mystery Gift & Personal Letter”.
In October, Cabello announced she was working on new music. In December 2018 she was nominated for two Grammys at the 61st Annual ceremony for Best Pop Solo Performance for a live version of “Havana” as well as Best Pop Vocal Album for Camila. In April 2019, it was announced that Cabello would star in an upcoming film adaptation of Cinderella, directed by Kay Cannon for Sony Pictures.
On June 21, 2019, Cabello released “Señorita” with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, along with the music video. The song marks Mendes’ and Cabello’s second collaboration, following “I Know What You Did Last Summer” released in 2015.
Cabello’s voice type is soprano. She is mainly a pop and R&B singer, influenced by Latin music. In her first album, Cabello incorporated elements of reggaeton, hip hop and dancehall. She grew up listening to artists such as Alejandro Fernández and Celia Cruz. For her first record she took inspiration from contemporary Latin artists such as Calle 13 and J Balvin, and from the songwriting of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. She has also cited Michael Jackson, Rihanna and Shakira as influences.