The rapid rise of Brampton star Alessia Cara

It wasn’t long ago 19-year-old Cara was singing alone in her bedroom. Now she is up for four Junos.

CALGARY—Not even two years ago, Alessia Cara was belting out tunes in her bedroom and posting them on YouTube as a species of self-therapy for her crippling shyness.

On Saturday morning, the wee, 19-year-old Bramptonite found herself in rehearsals for one of the biggest gigs to date of her career, a coveted spot performing alongside the likes of the Weeknd and Bryan Adams on CTV’s lavish Juno Awards broadcast from the Calgary Saddledome this Sunday night.

Cara had apparently flown in from a tour date the previous evening and landed in her hotel room around 4 a.m., but she was in fine voice mere hours later for her 10:30 a.m. rehearsal call and typically sweet and chipper when she took a few minutes to speak to a gaggle of reporters after nailing her hits “Here” and “Wild Things” three times for the cameras.