Alessia Cara rose from being the enthusiastic kid playing in pretend concerts in the shower to staking her claim in the music industry as a Grammy Award winner. Known for her trademark honesty and genuineness, the Canadian singer embraced instant success through her modern soulful sounds which are a mix of both R&B and jazz. From albums to singles, Alessia’s best works keeps expanding with each new release, proving that she is here to stay. It is a remarkable story for a young woman who began her musical journey on YouTube.
Alessia Cara’s Walk From YouTube to a Record Deal
The Ontario native was born Alessia Caracciolo on July 11, 1996, in Brampton. She is the daughter of a Canadian-born father of Italian origin and a mother who is an Italian immigrant. Cara’s relationship with music began at the age of 10 when she acquired a guitar and taught herself how to play. This relationship deepened at Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School, where she wrote poetry and performed theatre.
Three years after her parents got her a guitar, Alessia created a YouTube channel as a means of showcasing her music which were mainly covers of popular songs. This was a strategy modeled after another famous Canadian star, Justin Bieber.
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v imperfect cover of suuuch a perfect song. years later and I still can’t play ‘bed I made’ as smooth as @allenstone✨ (definitely some misplaced chords). I remember hearing a live version of it and listening a million times a day. one of the first acoustic performances that sent me to space.
It did not take too long before Alessia Cara’s talent got her noticed as she quickly amassed a considerable following on the social media platform. By 2014, her journey from a self-taught guitarist and YouTuber to a professional musician ended as she signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings and a management deal with EP Entertainment, kickstarting a new phase in her music life.
Alessia’s Career as a Professional Musician
Alessia Cara’s first single titled “Here” was released in 2015. It was a huge hit that climbed the charts in both America and Canada. In the same year, the songstress dropped her much-anticipated debut album, Know-It-All. It featured hit songs like “Scars to Your Beautiful”, “I’m Yours”, and “Stars”.
For her majestic voice and outstanding performances, Alessia has earned several accolades, up to 21 award nominations in fact from the Juno Awards to the MTV Video Music Awards, the Canadian Music Awards, and the Radio Disney Music Awards among others.
The peak of her career so far would presumably be in January 2018 when her dreams became a reality. Following nominations in four Grammy Award categories, Alessia Cara won one of the toughest and most coveted categories – the Best New Artist award. It was a significant milestone not just for her career but also for her country as she became the first Canadian ever to win this particular honor.
Dissecting Alessia Cara’s Best Works
Since 2015 when she began gracing the airwaves, Alessia Cara has dominated the charts. While she never craved the spotlight, her music has gained her lots of admirers. She has consistently gained more attention for her meaningful and inspiring songs as her discography has grown with critically and commercially successful music.
Her debut single “Here” was a critical success. It placed number 21 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2015 and number 6 on that of Billboard. Village Voice, a respected publication in the music industry, ranked the track the 18th best single of the year.
Commercially, the song didn’t do badly either. It peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and charted in the Top 100 of 29 major music markets. The song has since gone three times platinum in the US after selling more than three million copies. It also achieved platinum status in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden. In total, the song has sold more than four million copies around the globe.
Her debut album, Know-It-All, was also a critical slam dunk, and one that will be talked about for decades to come. The album received excellent critical reviews, with a four-star rating from outlets like AllMusic and Billboard.
Commercially, the album peaked at number 9 on the US Billboard 200 and charted in 15 other music markets. The album, like her first single, is RIAA certified platinum, with more than one million copies sold in the US. It also achieved platinum status in Canada, and gold status in the UK and Australia.
Beyond her debut projects, Alessia Cara’s best works include the singles; “Scars to Your Beautiful”, “Stay”, and rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” which she featured on. The song received a nomination for Song of the Year from the Grammy Awards.
Alessia Cara Used to Date Kevin Garrett
Initial reports suggested the Canadian singer was a lesbian, but this rumor later died after she publicly addressed her sexuality revealing she had a boyfriend. The young man who was behind Alessia’s smiles at the time is the Brooklyn, New York-based singer/songwriter, Kevin Garrett.
The American musician is a graduate of New York University and is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label. Garrett is the brain behind Beyonce’s song Pray You Catch Me. His work on the track earned him a Grammy Award nomination. He began his career in 2014 and has two EPs and an album to his name. They are Mellow Drama (2015), False Hope (2017), and Hoax (2019).
As a performer, Alessia Cara’s boyfriend has opened for music acts like Mumford & Sons, X Ambassadors, Oh Wonder, and James Bay. He has performed at music festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival and Sasquatch! Music Festival. Garrett also toured with Alessia back in 2016.
Alessia’s relationship with Kevin Garrett officially kicked off in early 2016. Beyond the romance, the pair have worked together, covering many songs online.
In 2018, it was announced that the pair had decided to part ways for reasons that were not revealed to the public. The duo, however, maintained a cordial relationship. In 2018, when the breakup was made public, Kevin posted a message of support for his ex-girlfriend’s latest album, The Pains of Growing. In the album, one of the tracks titled “Not Today” was a breakup song reported to be about their relationship.
Since Alessia and Kevin parted ways, the singer has stayed single. According to her, she is not focused on dating but instead on her career.