Alessia Caracciolo, professionally known as Alessia Cara is a Canadian singer and songwriter, who is best known for “Here“, her debut single in 2015, which ran up to the top 5 in the United States and top 20 in Canada. The 19-year old Alessia Cara capitalized on her early success to release her debut album “Know-it-all“, followed by the hit “Wild Things“.
Recently after her Juno win for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year“, she was invited by Chris Martin himself to accompany Coldplay on the European leg of their ‘A Head Full of Dreams‘ tour. And told that the Canadian songstress is one of two opening acts, the other being London-based singer Lianne La Havas.
In a recent interview with idolator.com, the rising star talks on her previous hit singles “Here”, and her upcoming single.
Sebastian Kole (“Here” co-writer) recently told you weren’t convinced it was going to be a big hit. Is that true?
Yeah, I had no idea. I remember he would stop me when we were having studio sessions. He would be like, “I don’t think you know what’s going on right now.” He’d always say, “I don’t think you understand what’s actually happening.” I would just be like, “Well.” My head was in the clouds. I wasn’t even sure what was going to happen.
Once we had “Here,” knew we had something in my gut. I definitely didn’t know it was going to be as big as it was, but I knew it was something. He definitely reminded me of that a million times throughout the sessions.
Is there a weird sense of irony that your loner anthem has been embraced by so many people?
The irony is crazy, especially when you hear it at parties or in clubs. My friends will SnapChat me the song playing in a club or something and people are just jamming to it. It’s funny because, if you take in the lyrics, it’s the most ironic situation possible. Performing it in front of thousands of people at these festivals where all people do is party. It’s kind of funny.
I believe “Scars To Your Beautiful” is next. Why did you choose that one?
Yes, “Scars To Your Beautiful” is the next. Basically, that song is about body image. It’s directed at women, but I think men can relate to it as well. It’s just a song about these things that certain women go through on a daily basis in order to feel loved or in order to love themselves.
I think that’s such a thing that goes on in today’s world. These weird things are instilled in us. That tell us that we’re not good enough or that there’s only one kind of beauty. This song basically is contradicting that idea. It’s saying, “Well, if the world doesn’t like how you look then they should change. They should change their perspective. You don’t have to change yourself.” I mean, I thought that that was important, you know, just to put out next. Especially because I think that’s kind of the direction we’re going in, you know, with “Here.”
“Here” was about not belonging anywhere and “Wild Things” was about finding a space you belong. Now “Scars To Your Beautiful” is basically about embracing yourself and finally coming to that conclusion where you feel love and you can love yourself.