ALESSIA CARA ON HER NEW ALBUM, WHY IT’S A RISK AND WHAT’S ‘TERRIFYING’ HER

Canadian pop star is principal writer of every song on upcoming album, The Pains of Growing

She’s performed alongside Taylor Swift, toured with Coldplay and became a Grammy Award winner at age 21. Now Alessia Cara is taking her skyrocketing music career to a new level by achieving a goal the Canadian singer-songwriter says she set for herself years ago.

Cara is the principal writer for every song on her upcoming second album, The Pains of Growing — a rarity among young pop stars often looking to stay on top of the charts with guaranteed hits.

“It is kind of a risk, because there’s a whole stigma around the second album,” she told CBC’s Ian Hanomansing during a sit-down interview for The National. “‘Can they do it again?’ ‘Will this work?’ So it was kind of a risk, but I really wanted to do it anyway.

“It just feels really nice to know that the fans can listen to every single song, and know that every single word and melody is from me.”

Cara’s songs often talk about respect and self-esteem, particularly for young girls. Among them is her 2015 hit Scars To Your Beautifulwhich she says was written at age 17 after binge-watching episodes of the plastic surgery reality show Botched.

“I just was looking at it and thinking of how strange it is that we feel so inclined as people to not only hate everything about ourselves, but then to go to all these extreme measures to change ourselves.”

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