PICS: Alessia Cara at Pechanga Arena

On July 8, Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter Alessia Cara wowed an adoring Pechanga Arena crowd.

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As the opener for Shawn Mendes' current tour, the Canadian-born artist was in impeccable form throughout her July 8 performance -- what a voice!
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Cara performed a set full of chart-busting hits including "Here," "Growing Pains," "How Far I'll Go" (the song she performed for the film "Moana" written by Lin-Manuel Miranda), "Out of Love," "Trust My Lonely," "Scars to Your Beautiful" and "Stay" (her collaboration with Zedd).
After posting covers to her YouTube channel at the age of 13, Cara caught the eye of music labels -- eventually signing with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014. She broke into the mainstream with her debut single "Here" the following year.
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The single racked up accolades: It was chosen as a "can't-miss" track by Spin, as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan. "Here" was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex and included on Billboard's "20 Pop Songs You Need for Your Summer Playlist" and Rolling Stone later ranked it at No. 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.
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Cara released the EP "Four Pink Walls," containing five songs, including her debut single. Her debut album, "Know-It-All," was released on Nov. 13, 2015 to immense acclaim.
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In 2016, Cara recorded "How Far I'll Go" (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the Disney film "Moana," and its accompanying music video has since received over 200 million views on YouTube.
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In 2017, she dropped "Stay" -- a collaboration with Zedd that hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- followed by a guest appearance on Logic's single "1-800-273-8255," which hit No. 3 (it also earned two Grammy Award nominations).
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On Jan. 28, 2018, Cara was named the Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards, making her the first Canadian artist to win the award. Not too shabby, eh? Her sophomore studio album, "The Pains of Growing," was released on Nov. 30, and immediately shot to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Pop Chart.
It was an amazing show and we hope she returns to San Diego soon!
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