Alessia Cara is back with a brand new single called “Growing Pains.” The theme is fitting for the 21-year-old singer, who has already achieved an impressive level of success since sharing DIY covers on YouTube back at the start of the decade as a young teenager. The new song is the first of many which will presumably to appear on her upcoming sophomore album, following 2015’s Know-It-All, which had cracked the Top 10 album sales chart in her native Canada upon its release.
“Growing Pains” can be heard in full in the single’s brand new music video, seen above. Cara spends the video parading around a residential neighborhood while wearing a ridiculously oversized suit, proving that while folks may try to force her into adulthood, she’ll always be the fun and rambunctious kid at heart. From a lyrical standpoint, you can hear the Cara attempting to charge forward while coping with the tricky transition of entering the adult world in the spotlight. She sings “I’ve always been a go-getter/There’s truth in every word I write/But still the growing pains, growing pains/They’re keeping me up at night.”
The chorus’ anthemic makeup certainly gives “Growing Pains” a signature, unifying moment for listeners, similar to how the title lines of “Scars To Your Beautiful” allowed the 2016 single to become such a big radio hit amongst a generation of younger fans. It’s an impressive step forward for a young singer who wants to head into the 20s of her life and career without any doubt of who she was, still is and who she could become.
“All my songs in the past were very message-based and more directed towards the listener,” Cara told Billboard about the new single. “For the first time I'm opening up about something that I've never really talked about before, that's a lot more personal than anything I've put out before. What I was trying to accomplish is getting more insight into what I'm going through and being a bit more honest about myself, but also hopefully in turn helping someone else through maybe what they're going through.”
As Cara begins the next phase in her life and career with this new album cycle, fans should assume that more new music will be arriving in the near future. Since her career began to skyrocket starting back in 2015, she’s snuck up behind fellow breakout artists like SZA and Khalid to win commercial awards like “Best New Artist” at this year’s Grammys. She continues to let her true colors show on stage and in the recording studio with fun and inspirational, but also relatable music that young fans will surely be admiring for years to come.