I can't thank my friend Jim Kelly at Def Jam Records enough for introducing me to the extremely talented Alessia Cara over the weekend. The Canadian singer-songwriter has released three amazing singles over the last year including hits like "Here," "Wild Things," and my personal favorite "Scars To Your Beautiful." Alessia and I both come from Italian households with traditional upbringings. Alessia speaks fluent Italian and professed her love for Minnesota in her second language.

I'm proud to play Alessia Cara's music on Mix 94.9. She's a good role model for our young listeners, and I'm confident she's going to be a huge force in the music scene in 2017. Alessia was nominated yesterday (10/10) for an American Music Award (Best New Artist). Pick up her debut album "Know-It-All" on iTunes HERE.