Live: Alessia Cara / 1.22.16 / Boston, MA

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On Friday night Boston got its first look at a fast rising star when Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara performed at the Brighton Music Hall, on the first US date of her Know It All tour. In the opening seconds of her first song, “I’m Yours,” she appears on stage to a roar of applause and the packed room singing the lyrics back to her.

I was pleasantly surprised at her causal attire, of her own shirt with lyrics from her song “I’m Yours” and black ripped jeans. Her song “Four Pink Walls” was soon after, a song with honest lyrics about a humble beginning, going from her bedroom in Ontario to a fast rising buzz artist.

As the main set neared it’s end, Cara sang “Scars to Your Beautiful,” which is an eloquent song written about Cara’s personal take on society and how girls should not change in order to be accepted. The stark honesty in Cara’s lyrics surly will help her success in the future. She ended her set with her well-known hit “Here” that was clearly a crowd favorite.

After the song ended she quickly left the stage after thanking Boston for being wonderful. But within seconds she was back on for her encore. Before starting her cover of “Sweater Weather” by The Neighborhood, she told the crowd about how she originally posted this cover on YouTube and how that video was essentially what got her discovered. She proceeded to play the song with her acoustic guitar in hand. Her final song of the night was “My Song,” a bonus track off of her album. This song was my personal favorite after the album because of how honest the lyrics and message are and was a perfect ending to her concert, and an idea of what she is going to become in the future.

Personally, I cannot wait to see where she goes from here, and pretty soon she won’t be playing small rooms at Brighton anymore, but sold out shows in arenas.

Check out photos from the show

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