Alessia Caracciolo (born 11 July 1996). Professionally known as Alessia Cara. Is a Canadian singer and songwriter. In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single. Through Def Jam. Titled “Here”. It was described as a “song for everyone who secretly hates parties” by MTV. 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. On 5 May 2015, the song was chosen as the “can’t-miss” track by Spin. As well as being listed as a “must hear song” by Cosmopolitan. The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs. Of April by Complex and included on Billboard’s. “20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist” in June 2015.
Rolling Stone later ranked “Here” at number 21. On its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015. On 29 July 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single. “Here” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “Here” then received a nomination for the “Original Song”. At the Streamy Award. She released the EP Four Pink Walls. Containing five songs. Including her debut single, “Here”. Her debut album Know-It-All was released on 13 November 2015. She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of… award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up.
29 July 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single, “Here” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “Here” then received a nomination for the “Original Song” at the Streamy Award. She released the EP Four Pink Walls, containing five songs; including her debut single, “Here”. Her debut album Know-It-All was released on 13 November 2015. She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of… award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up. Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards. On 7 March 2016, the official video for “Wild Things” was released. 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. On 23 June 2016, Cara was featured in a re-released version of the song “Wild” by Troye Sivan. She played Glastonbury Festival on 24 June 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 3 November 2016. The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura.
Know-It-All (Released: 13 November 2015. Label: Def Jam and Certifications RIAA: Gold).
“Four Pink Walls” (Released: 28 August 2015. Label: Def Jam and Sales US: 12,000).
As lead artist
“How Far I’ll Go” (2016 Album Moana). “Scars to Your Beautiful” (2016 Album Know-It-All). “Wild Things” (2016 Album Know-It-All). “Here” ((2016 Album Know-It-All).
As featured artist
“Wild” (Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara) (2016 Non-album single).
Other charted songs
“Cuore Nerd” (J-Ax & Fedez featuring Alessia Cara) (2017 Album Comunisti col Rolex). “I’m Yours” (2017 Album Know-It-All).
“Cuore Nerd” J-Ax & Fedez (2017 Album Comunisti col Rolex). “How Far I’ll Go” N/A (2016 Album Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). “Remember Home” Sebastian Kole (2016 Album Soup). “I Can Only” JoJo (2016 Album Mad Love).
Awards and nominations
Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Recipient Alessia Cara (2016 Won). SOCAN Awards Breakout Artist Recipient Alessia Cara (2016 Won). ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Songs Recipient “Here” (2016 Won). Much Music Video Awards Best New Canadian Artist “Here” (2016 Won). Streamy Awards Original Song Recipient “Here” (2015 Won).
Cara released a music video for “Seventeen” in December 2016.