Alessia Cara shares Growing Pains in song
NEW YORK— One day Alessia Cara got a request from a friend: write a song about my breakup.
“He was like, ‘Listen, I’m not a songwriter, I’m not good at writing. Could you maybe one day … write a song about somebody falling out of love with you?’ ”
The concept had been in the back of Cara’s mind and she took a stab at her friend’s wish at the studio. In 10 minutes, she birthed “Out of Love,” an airy, slow and personally deep song.
“I played it for my friend and he got very emotional and he was like, ‘Thank you!’ And he actually got back together with the girl after that song. It’s a magic song.”
Cara said it was the first song she’s written from someone else’s perspective. But she said it was easy to pull from her own experiences — and pain — to relate.
You’ll be able to hear about that on her new album, from her own breakup to learning how to be alone to — simply put — growing up.
“I was 18 when I first started in the industry; it’s hard enough to figure yourself out at that age, but then to figure yourself out in front of many people with so many eyes on you and ears on you is very challenging,” the 22-year-old said. “That was causing a lot of strange dissonance.”