Alessia is 18-year-old Alessia Caracciolo, a preternaturally talented singer and songwriter from Brampton, Ontario. "Here," produced by Pop and Oak and Sebastian Kole, is her first big single for Def Jam; it more than delivers on the promise of her backstock of acoustic YouTube covers.
"Here" is a song "for all the antisocial, awkward, and miserable party-goers of the world," Alessia told The FADER. "This one time I went to a party and while there, I realized how much I hated it, along with every other party I had ever gone to. We wrote about it the next day."
They all stand on their own, but I'm eager to group Alessia with other candid powerhouses like Rihanna songwriter Bibi Bourelly and superstar-in-waiting Kehlani, young, maybe weed-smoking women who write their experiences authentically and successfully flip them into universally appealing hits. I love Ester Dean, Sia, and Taylor Swift, but I'm so happy pop radio has this new squad of winners.
Lead image: Courtesy Alessia / Meredith Truax