The Drake-co-signed singer behind rising hit "Here" is one of music's most exciting new voices.
For her first-ever TV performance in July, on The Tonight Show no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer -- or even slightly showy -- look. The stage lights rose to reveal the singer, 19, in the casual, woke-up-like-this uniform favored by teens everywhere: ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and an ironic T-shirt (it read "Life of the Party"). The only semblance of flare was winged eyeliner, done up a la her idol Amy Winehouse. But when she sang, she became as transfixing as a mirrored ball, swaggering into The Roots' pocket like a pro. "I was overwhelmed with joy," she says.