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Alessia Cara has officially set the wheels in motion for her highly anticipated sophomore album.
Giving fans a taste of what’s to come, the Canadian singer-songwriter has debuted the first single off the forthcoming LP. “Growing Pains” is a booming track with powerful lyrics about self-love carried by Cara’s strong vocals.
Following in the footsteps of her previously released singles, the new track is an emotional one. “Growing Pains” details the anxiety of transitioning from teen to young adult in the public eye—something Cara is all too familiar with, having broken into pop radio at just 18 years old with the smash hit “Here.” The new song positions Cara as a voice for outsiders among her generation with lyrics like, “Don’t know why I can’t see the sun / When young should be fun.”
“Growing Pains” is the first new music we’ve received from Cara since her 2017 suicide prevention collaboration “1-800-273-8255” with Logic and Khalid. The track later earned the 21-year-old two Grammy Award nominations. She also received a nod for Best Pop Duo for “Stay” with Zedd and went home with the award for Best New Artist.
But while we cheered with the rest of Canada and music fans around the world, Cara’s win was met with backlash online from those accusing her of not being a deserving winner, having beat out the likes of SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Khalid, and Julia Michaels. But for fans and critiques alike, there’s no denying the win has since solidified Cara’s place as a powerhouse artist in the music industry.
The Brampton-native’s yet-to-be titled second record is set to be her most personal work to date, 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 that singer more confident and assured than ever before.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cara discussed the inspiration for the new album.
“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. At the same time,” continued Cara. “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.”
Cara’s second studio album, which include her first credits as a producer, will be released later this year.