Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was the latest artist to visit Jimmy Fallon's "The Tonight Show," where she performed her single "October" and played "One Word Song," Monday, April 27.
The Canadian musician and YouTube star made her guesting on the latest episode of Fallon's "At Home" show from her childhood bedroom. Talking via Zoom, Fallon asked, "Is this the bedroom where it all started?" Cara confirmed as she moved her camera around and showed her room, pointing to the closet where she did her covers.
Before signing a recording contract, 13-year-old Alessia Cara started her own YouTube channel where she did acoustic covers of popular songs, most of which were shot in the very bedroom she was Zooming Fallon in.
Early in the interview, Alessia Cara showed Fallon her ventriloquist dummy, which she calls Sonny, wearing a blue shirt with the word "COOL" on it as well as earrings and a necklace. She then shared her story of how she acquired the dummy from a previous interview at a radio station who tried to sell Sonny off for charity.
They then talked about Cara's recent success with the Netflix animated movie "The Willoughbys," where she provided the voice for Jane - the eldest daughter of the titular family. Fallon featured 2017 guesting of Cara on the show, expressing her desire to voice a character in an animated film. According to Cara, "less than like, three months later," she got an e-mail containing the offer to join the cast of "The Willoughbys."
Fallon also confirmed if the song she did for the Netflix animated movie came from a voice memo on her phone. The singer-songwriter then said that she has "thousands and thousands" of recordings she saves on her phone whenever an idea comes to her.
As her 2017 wish was granted with her starring voice work on the hit animated film, Fallon and Cara made another wish together, this time to raise funds for Direct Relief. This nonprofit group provides support and assistance to health workers at the frontline as well as communities requiring immediate ground support. Virtually holding hands on-screen, Fallon called on everyone to help donate for the nonprofit, saying that "even a dollar will just make a difference."
Cara then performed "October," the last track from her latest project, 2019's "This Summer." The young multi-instrumentalist sang both vocals and backups, played the guitar, keyboards, and drum pads. "I'm gonna miss it when it's over/I hope we never see October," Cara sang. The homely feel and the familiar background in her video felt was reminiscent of her pre-stardom YouTube cover days.
The "Scars to Your Beautiful" singer and the late-night show host then played "One Word Songs," where one player sings a popular tune using only one random word while the other player tries to guess what the song is. Alessia Cara gave a musical rendition of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" with only "waffle" as her one-word lyric, The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" using only 'squeegee," and Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" using "porcupine." Fallon, on the other hand, sang Post Malone's "Circles" using "sweatpants" and Sia's "Chandelier" using "Alessia."