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SPOTLIGHT: ALESSIA CARA
November 17, 2016 • 8:00 pm PST
Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara emerged onto the music scene in 2015 with the release of her iconic anthem “Here.” Co-written by Sebastian Kole, “Here” garnered over 500,000 total streams in its first week and went on to crack the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and rose to No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop charts in early 2016. A JUNO award winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Cara has also been nominated for an AMA for Best New Artist of the Year. She also recently completed a summer tour with Coldplay before hitting the road for her “Know-It-All” part 2 tour. A five-track EP, Four Pink Walls, was released in August 2015, followed by the full-length Know It All three months later. Her latest single, “Scars to Your Beautiful,” is Cara’s gut-wrenching take on female identity, on body image and on deleterious behaviors in the name of beauty. Cara walks listeners through heartache but concludes with strains of promise: “So to all the girls that’s hurting/Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer,” and the touching refrain: “There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark /You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are.” Having recently wrapped her own nation-wide headlining tour, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Alessia Cara to the Clive Davis Theater for a conversation on her creative process and rising success, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The conversation will be followed by a performance.