Aleissia Cara

Every time I sing, it it’s a reminder to myself that I have to be confident.
Alessia Cara

Body image is something that girls struggle with every day, and it’s something that I struggle with every day.
Alessia Cara

In second grade, I told a bunch of kids there was a homeless person living between the portable classrooms outside our school. It caused panic, and the principal had to announce on the P.A. system that no one was living there. I pretended I didn’t know who started the rumor.
Alessia Cara

I guess people don’t think that young girls or young artists have opinions, but I’m so glad that there’s artists like Lorde and Raury and Kehlani because they’re showing other people that young people can have an opinion and a voice and do really well with it. I’m glad I can be one of those people.
Alessia Cara

Singing was something I always did. I really don’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing, even as a little child.
Alessia Cara

As long as each song makes somebody feel something, I think that’s the point of it all. I don’t want it to just be background music, you know?
Alessia Cara

I think that my music is really empowering. I just want people to know – especially young people, but really everyone – that you don’t have to be so caught up in what everyone else is thinking. You don’t have to be the coolest, most popular person. You can just be you and be vulnerable.
Alessia Cara

I don’t want to be cliched, but Buckingham Palace is beautiful, and the old red telephone booths are really interesting to me. I’ve always wanted to see those.
Alessia Cara

Ninety per cent of my family are hairdressers, and the other 10% are construction workers.
Alessia Cara

Music was something I found on my own. I got my first guitar when I was around 10, and it just all developed over time.
Alessia Cara

Other than the ‘Sesame Street’ soundtrack, which I was obsessed with, the first artist I really felt I’d discovered on my own was Amy Winehouse. She was the first female artist I wanted to write like and sing like and be like.
Alessia Cara

I was always so scared to sing in front of people. That was kind of my weird thing.
Alessia Cara

My house was very strange. I didn’t do things other kids did because my parents were very strict – I stayed at home, quiet in my room.
Alessia Cara

I was a troublemaking kid.
Alessia Cara

I wanted to get through high school anonymously.
Alessia Cara

Flannel shirts, denim, Converse, a guitar, messy hair? That’s literally me.
Alessia Cara

‘Looking For Alaska’ by John Green is a very great book. I feel like every teenage girl says John Green’s ‘Fault In Our Stars,’ but ‘Looking For Alaska’ is better.
Alessia Cara

I’m not extremely outgoing, but I’m average, I think. When people meet me they’ll say, ‘Oh you’re not that shy…’ I never said I was! I see where they’re coming from because my biggest single was about being shy at a party – I get it. But it’s not 100% accurate.
Alessia Cara

I’ve never really aspired to the spotlight; I just wanted to do music, which is kind of weird because music comes with that spotlight.
Alessia Cara

I was a very strange child.
Alessia Cara

I feel like my whole life, I’ve had to prove myself to so many people because I’m young and because I’m a female; it’s just constant. I’m always surprising people.
Alessia Cara

You can do anything and be a star. You can dress like however you want, and you can do whatever you want. If you wanna wear meat suits like Lady Gaga, good. She’s freaking amazing! She’s doing that, and she’s unbelievable. I can wear T-shirts and still be great, too. So that’s just what I’m proving to people.
Alessia Cara

I don’t know how to talk to people I don’t know.
Alessia Cara

I don’t really dance. I don’t drink or smoke. Being at parties is very awkward.
Alessia Cara

The only thing I’m really, truly good at is music – I just love it.
Alessia Cara

I first picked up a guitar when I was ten years old; my parents surprised me with it for my tenth birthday. I started taking lessons when I was thirteen, but only for a few months, and then I just kept teaching myself.
Alessia Cara

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