A pop artist's song lyrics often reflect their experiences. In the case of Alessia Cara, her songs are about being an introvert who finds it difficult to socialize with people she doesn't know well. Her lyrics are truthful and empowering, inspiring young listeners to feel more comfortable with themselves.
Compare and contrast Alessia Cara's lyrics with other songs by famous artists. What are the similarities and differences?
Students will analyze the lyrics of Alessia Cara's song "Here" to determine how it confronts pop music conventions. They will also discuss how Cara's lyrics might inspire other students to be more confident about their own experiences with peer pressure.
Alessia Cara has been gaining recognition since her breakout single “Here” made waves in 2015. This Canadian singer quickly became a sensation after her song was featured on the Netflix show “Younger,” and has been praised by many top pop stars, including Taylor Swift.
Cara's music has an appealing blend of R&B and soul, with a hint of samba and bossa nova. She cites her early adoration of Italian singers Mina, Patty Pravo and Laura Pausini as a major influence on her debut album, Four Pink Walls.
Her album cover, featuring a transparent force field, is a nod to the Wizard of Oz, and her choice of attire represents a transformation that is happening in Cara's life right now. She has been growing as a person, and that growth is taking her into new realms of artistic expression and inspiration, reflected on the album's 18 songs.