Alessia Cara is Here to Stay

The young singer-songwriter brings a message to her music, and makes a priority of connecting with her fans.

Alessia Cara was still in high school when began recording professionally. After releasing her smash hit “Here,” it wasn’t long before she was signed to Def Jam Records and had produced her debut album Know-It-All. It only makes sense, then, that her songs frequently touch on the challenges of growing up.

This issue’s Song of the Month, Cara’s “Wild Things,” is a song we think best embodies the young songwriter’s overall message: to feel confident in who you are. The video is pretty authentic—it’s shot in her home town of Toronto, and features her hanging out with her closest friends. Her music has spoken to a growing fan base of young listeners, and if you listen to the lyrics, you might find that they resonate with you, too.