Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), better known by her stage name Alessia Cara. Alessia Cara is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, a city just outside of Toronto, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. She is of Italian descent. As a child she wrote poetry and did theatre. At the age of 10 she began playing guitar and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.