Alessia Cara shares Growing Pains in song

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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.”

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