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Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara (/əˈlɛsiə ˈkɑːrə/), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. After producing acoustic covers, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and released her debut single the following year. “Here” reached number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and was a sleeper hit in the United States, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cara’s debut studio album, Know-It-All (2015), reached number 8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album’s third single, “Scars to Your Beautiful”, reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. In 2017, Cara collaborated with DJ and producer Zedd to create the single “Stay”, and with rapper Logic to feature in his song “1-800-273-8255”. Cara has received nominations for four Grammy Awards, including a win for Best New Artist in 2018. Her second studio album, The Pains of Growing (2018), saw the moderate commercial success of the singles “Growing Pains” and “Trust My Lonely”.
Life & Career
2018–present: The Pains of Growing and This Summer
On January 28, 2018, Cara was named the Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards, making her the first Canadian artist to win this award. On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts. On June 9, she posted lyrics to a new song on her social media accounts for fans to piece together. Once completed, she announced the single’s cover and name on June 11. The single, entitled “Growing Pains”, was released on June 15, 2018. Its music video was released on June 20, 2018, and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV VMAS.
On July 10, 2018, Cara announced that she would be releasing a song she made in her basement, written and produced by her, the next day, as a small gift for her birthday. The single, titled “A Little More”, was released on July 11, 2018, with the music video also released the same day. On September 29, 2018, the Canadian Football League announced that Cara would be the halftime performer at the 106th Grey Cup. In October 2018, she collaborated with Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti for the song “Vale per sempre”, from the album Vita ce n’è. On October 5, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled “Trust My Lonely”. A music video for the song was released the same day. On November 8, 2018, a music video for the song “Babies” by Kyle featuring Cara was released. On November 13, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled “Not Today.” The release date coincides with the three-year anniversary of the release of her debut album. Cara’s second studio album, The Pains of Growing, was released on November 30, 2018. It reached number 1 on the US iTunes Pop Chart less than two hours after its release. Despite its position on iTunes the album debuted at number 71 on the Billboard 200 albums Chart; 62 positions lower than her debut in 2015. “Out of Love” was eventually serviced to contemporary hit radio as the album’s third single in January 2019. Cara also collaborated with Alec Benjamin on “Let Me Down Slowly”, which was released on January 7, 2019. On February 21, Cara announced she would join Shawn Mendes as the opening act on his self-titled world tour for the European, United Kingdom, and United States legs.
In July 2019, Cara announced the release of an EP, This Summer, with tracks to be issued “every couple of weeks” leading up to its release on September 6, 2019. The first single, “Ready”, was released on July 22. The second single, “Rooting For You,” was released on August 9. The third single, “OKAY OKAY,” was released on August 23. A fourth single, “October,” was released on September 3.