Alessia Cara may be young (she just turned 21-years-old this past summer) but over the last few years she’s been able to build her career to the point of becoming a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. The singer landed onto the mainstream music scene in 2015 with her breakout single “Here,” which she co-wrote along with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Isaac Hayes. Since then she’s appeared on movie soundtracks and across some of the biggest stages of music.
Cara is scheduled to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards alongside Khalid and Logic. The three artists are all collectively nominated for their vocal work on Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” which is up for a golden gramophone in the "Song of the Year" category. Before she takes the stage to perform on pop music’s biggest night, here are five things that even her biggest fans may not know about Alessia Cara.
1. She predicted her performance on “Saturday Night Live” as a teenager
Most aspiring young performers think about performing at the Grammys or the Super Bowl when they lay awake a night thinking of where their talents might take them. Alessia Cara isn’t like most young performers. When she was 15-years-old, Cara actually tweeted out that she wanted to be on the popular sketch comedy show one day. That tweet became reality when she made her performance debut on SNL on Feb. 4 of last year. Tweets can come true!
2. Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman inspired her to start playing the guitar
Cara may be known as mostly a singer these days, but her day-one fans will remember that her career started back in 2011 when she would upload videos to YouTube of herself playing a mix of covers on the guitar. This may come as a surprise, but the guitar just isn’t as popular of an instrument in pop music today as it once was. So what drew Cara to learning to play the six-stringed instrument?
“I loved the sound of it, and to be honest, I just thought it looked cool,” Cara told Rolling Stone in 2017. “I saw young women like Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill playing, and it's weirdly empowering to be able to stand up there and just shred. And I can in no way shred! But I can play, like, a G chord and hopefully make it look cool. Tracy Chapman's ‘Fast Car’ was the first song I played.”
3. Even with her rise in popularity, she still gets frightened by all the attention every so often
Cara may be getting used to a career in the public eye, but at the still very young age of 21, being as popular as she’s become can still be quite scary. In a recent interview, Cara admitted that while she may appear cool and collected while performing and during public appearances, she’s still a bit shy than she may lead fans to believe.
“Half of it is daydreaming and the other half is just complete terror,” she admitted. “I've never been one to crave attention … I get anxious even when people come up to me for pictures, sometimes. That's the one thing that makes me hesitant about my future. But I love music too much to not do it.”
4. Starting her amateur career through YouTube helped her overcome stage fright
So you now know that even Miss. Cara still gets stricken with nervousness when she’s in front of a lot of people. One of the ways that she actually overcame her fear of public performing at a young age was through the friendly confines of her own home via YouTube.
“That was a way to get my voice out there but I didn't have to be in front of an audience,” she said in a 2015 interview when asked how she learned to overcome stage fright. “It was a good way for me to get feedback and to really get used to the idea of people hearing me sing, but I didn't have to be front of them yet.”
5. She’s a spot-on celebrity singing impersonator
It’s always fun to learn of the hidden talents behind already very talented people. In Cara’s case, one of the special skills she can include on her resume should she ever need one is impersonating some of her fellow pop stars. Cara has admitted in past interviews that she can “count to 10 in, like, five languages,” but that’s not all. During a recorded 2015 interview with Shazaam, Cara displayed her abilities to sound exactly like Lorde, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea while singing.