Alessia Cara (born July 11, 1996) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Brampton, Canada. She is currently signed to EP Entertainment/Def Jam Recordings and is best known for "Here'", her debut single from her upcoming debut album. Prior to her work with EP Entertainment/Def Jam, Cara was known for her acoustic song covers on YouTube.
Alessia Cara (born Alessia Caracciolo) is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, a suburb of the greater Toronto area. She is half Italian. As a child she wrote poetry and did theater. At the age of 10 she began playing guitar and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.
Cara's singing style has been referred to as smooth R&B with a silky voice and has also been compared to singer-songwriter Lorde. She began her career by singing acoustic covers on YouTube, also appearing on various radio stations including 15 Seconds of Fame on WCLE-FM. She signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2015 at the age of 18.
Cara released her debut single through Def Jam in April 2015. Entitled "Here", it was called a "song for everyone who secretly hates parties" by MTV. The song debuted on The FADER and accumulated over 500,000 streams in its first week. 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 May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as a can't-miss track by SPIN Magazine 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.
On July 29, 2015, Cara made her television debut performing her single "Here" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Host Jimmy Fallon revealed he discovered Cara's song and insisted to his producers that she be booked on his program.