Alessia Cara Writes Songs About Her Mental Health Struggles Because She's Always Striving 'To Make Music That Means Something'
Since releasing her first song "Here" in 2015, singer Alessia Cara has stayed candid about her mental health and other struggles in her music.
And while the 25-year-old has found success in the industry, she admitted that she sometimes feels like no one is listening to her words.
"There have been many times, especially around my second album, where I just felt really unsupported and unheard and kind of disposable," she confessed to Bustle. "I like to make music that grows on people that makes people think. [In the industry], if it’s not a quick hit or quick yes for people, they dispose of it or make it feel valueless, and that really got to me in the beginning."
"I was trying so hard to make music that means something, and no one cares, they just care about other stuff that I don't really get," the "Stay" crooner added. "It was tough, and even now I feel like I'm always going to have to prove myself, because I have taken the long road."
The Canada native admitted that on several occasions, the situation has brought her to the brink of quitting music all together.
"There are times when I’m like, 'I’m out, I’m done!' I have my frustrations with the industry," she said. "I love my job and my career, but I don’t love the industry I am in just because it’s so fleeting, and it makes artists feel very disposable."
Still, the singer has never given up, and she released her third album, In The Meantime, last month.
The songwriter revealed she was "dealing with a lot mentally, emotionally, and physically" when she started working on the disc, but during that time, she also went to therapy and did a lot of inner work on herself.
She found herself healing while recording her new material, which is why half of the album is focused on a breakdown and the other half is about picking up the pieces.
The "Scars to Your Beautiful" songstress acknowledged that sharing her emotions with the public can be scary, but she knows that it can also change someone's life.
Said the brunette beauty: "I hope everyone who listens can see a part of themselves in what I’m saying, so that my experiences can be repurposed for their life and themselves."