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Alessia Cara

May 10, 201844 min
Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara emerged onto the music scene in 2015 with the release of "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. Fast-forward to the present. Cara’s success has continued with a string of Billboard chart-topping hits, a platinum certified debut album, and a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist. In this 2016 interview, the “Scars to Your Beautiful” singer sat with host Scott Goldman to explore her creative process and reflect on her success. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit