After having released her latest single “Growing Pains” a little over a week ago, Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara has delivered a new, stripped down version of the track.
Accompanied only by her guitarist Eric Ruscinski, the Brampton, Ontario native’s smooth, expressive vocals stand out in the acoustic rendition, capturing the sad reality of the song’s lyrics. Watch the acoustic video below.
“Growing Pains” is the first single off Cara’s highly anticipated sophomore album The Pains of Growing. The song is a booming, powerful track that details the anxiety of transitioning from teen to young adult in the public eye, highlighted in its eerie, dystopian music video.
The Pains of Growing is set to be Cara’s most personal work yet, exploring the nuances of aging out one’s teen years. Now in her early 20s and following a debut album that was written and produced as a teenager, “Growing Pains” offers listeners a more mature, grown-up side of Cara that sees the singer more confident and assured than ever before. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Cara discussed the inspiration behind the new LP.
“Over time, people who listened to me branded me as the girl who speaks on positivity, which is an amazing box to be put into, if I do have to be put in a box,” said Cara. “At the same time, I found during certain moments where I had to talk to people about why they should love themselves, I was still struggling with loving myself.”
The Pains of Growing, which includes Cara’s first credits as a producer, will be released later this year.
Just announced today, Alessia Cara will return to the iHeartRadio MMVAs to take the stage in one of the biggest performances of the night. Other performer announcements include Halsey and Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie. The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs go down Sunday, August 26 at 9E/6P.