Alessia Cara is Moving Up from ‘Here’
By Amanda Case
November 23, 2015
Rising pop star Alessia Cara released her first album, “Know-It-All,” on Nov. 13, which includes her hit single “Here.”
The 19-year-old Canadian singer added eight new songs to her deluxe album from her five-track EP “Four Pink Walls.”
The playful album shows off Cara’s naturally raw talent and offers a wide array of emotions. It is vulnerable, pure, rebellious, romantic and even a little moody.
“Here,” currently number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100, became a wallflower anthem, taking us on a journey with Cara to a party she felt uncomfortable being at: “Excuse me if I seem a little unimpressed with this/an anti-social pessimist/but usually I don’t mess with this.” She adds, “Honestly I’d rather be/somewhere with my people we can kick it and just listen to some music with the message/like we usually do.”
Almost predicting the future, Cara played the song for her mom soon after recording it.
“I said ‘Mom, this is the song that’s gonna make me somebody’ because I had a gut feeling something big was going to happen,” she said on her Tumblr page. “She hated it at first.”
Her genuine and sophisticated lyrics and her soul-tapping voice are what make her music so refreshing.
Cara also inspires us with tracks like “Wild Things” and “Scars to Your Beautiful,” about embracing yourself for who you are and the bright side of being an outsider.
“You don’t have to change a thing/the world can change its heart,” lyrics from “Scars to Your Beautiful,” aim to combat those negative thoughts that can make young girls feel insecure with themselves.
“Every day of my life, I am indirectly and sometimes directly reminded that I am not beautiful,” Cara said on Tumblr. “But what if the world was 100 percent wrong? What if I’m perfectly fine and it’s the world that needs to change?”
Throughout the album, she tells honest stories of growing up and learning to live in a world full of critics. “Give a nice middle finger to anyone who thinks they have the authority to tell you that you shouldn’t love yourself. Don’t scar the beautiful that’s living inside you,” she said on Tumblr.
“Know-It-All” also features an Amy Winehouse-inspired tune called “Outlaws” and the soulful guitar ballad “Stone.”
Cara was discovered on YouTube when she was just 13. In 2013, her cover of “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood propelled her career forward, reaching over a million views. She signed to Def Jam Records when she was 16.
Despite opening up for Tori Kelly, sharing the stage with Taylor Swift, and embarking on her own tour which is set to begin early next year, Cara admits she’s always been shy.
She said in an interview for W magazine that “[YouTube] was a way for me to get used to singing in front of people without actually singing in front of them. I never thought I’d have a career because of it.”
Cara has proven to be very eloquent and wise beyond her years. She’s not afraid to say what she feels, but has handled herself in a very sincere way.