A Year Since ‘Here’: Alessia Cara’s Journey To Stardom


Yesterday marked one year since young Alessia Cara graced the world with her breakout single “Here.” The anti-social anthem has been riding the airwaves since it was released, propelling Cara into the spotlight.

To celebrate one year of the anti-party tune, so we’re looking back at the last year of Alessia Cara’s whirlwind rise to fame.

Just a short 12-months ado, she was a high-school student in Brampton, sitting in her bedroom uploading covers on YouTube, usually backed by nothing but a guitar. After covering songs from artists like Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake and more, Cara was recognized by EP Entertainment, who helped her score a record deal with Def Jam Recordings.

After the release of “Here,” the official music video came two weeks after. The video (which has since garnered close to 90 million views) was inspired by true events and relates to the message in the lyrics, as Alessia is in a party that is frozen in time, as she weaves her way in and out of the crowd.

In her television debut on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she performed “Here,” a tune she would go on to perform on close to every notable American late night talk show.

After a co-sign from Drake, Cara received a nod from an even bigger mainstream star. On Halloween, she joined Taylor Swift on stage at the Tampa stop on her 1989 Tour, and the two performed “Here” together in front of 55,000 people.

After “Here,” she set out to prove she wasn’t a one-hit wonder, with the release of her EP, Four Pink Walls. The five-song EP served as a taste of what listeners were to expect on her first commercial release.

Three months later, Know It All dropped on Nov. 13 through Def Jam. Featuring “Here” and follow-up single “Wild Things,” the album pushed 36,000 copies in the first week. By the end of December, “Here” found its way on nearly every Best Songs of 2015 list.

Cara kicked off 2016 with some travelling, starting a 21-stop North American tour. Following this, she won her first JUNO award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and was nominated in three other categories, including Single of the Year. She also opened up the JUNO Awards by performing “Here” and “Wild Things.” You can check those out on CTV.ca.

Since her victory at the JUNOs, Cara performed at Coachella, and is still billed to perform at Lollapalooza, as well as Bluesfest, in Ottawa. And that’s not all: Alessia’s career is already coming full circle, as she is scheduled to open up for Coldplay (a band she frequently covered on YouTube) on all of their U.S. and European shows on their upcoming tour. Despite her rise to fame, she still does take the time to record YouTube covers, recording them from hotel rooms while on press tours instead of her bedroom floor.

It has been a year full of life-changing achievements for Alessia Cara. “Here” peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and her newest entry, “Wild Things” now has a video on a steady rise through the charts. Who knows what will be next in her path as she continues to get her young career up and running? But whatever she gets up to in the future, we’ll still be here.