Starting out covering songs on YouTube, Brampton native Alessia Cara was signed with Def Jam Recordings when she was only 18. Her first single “Here” was an overnight hit, reaching top 5 in the States and top 20 in Canada. She brought her talent over to The Edge studio to perform her song in the summer of 2015.
Cara released her debut album entitled Know-It-All later in 2015, earning her a spot in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for “Scars to Your Beautiful”. At the beginning of 2016, she took her 12-track album to the stage at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto…and we were there to capture it!
If you’re interested in learning more about the overnight star, Alessia dropped by our studios again to give us the juicy details on all her first and lasts.
- Her first concert was a Justin Bieber concert. At her second concert, she performed with Taylor Swift.
- She applied to work at Tim Hortons. Is she still waiting for a call back?
- First gig was in New York City, not bad for a 19 year old from Brampton.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, The Edge is counting down great Canadian artists that we’ve played and supported over the years. We will be airing these artists everyday leading up to Canada’s 150th, as well as posting the earliest Edge exclusive interviews and performances we find in our archives. Check back everyday for new artists and support your Canadian musicians!