Cara Hammond releases her new single ‘No’ on June 23. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who is just graduating from Leeds College of Music, will also make her first festival performance at Love Supreme on June 30.
‘No’ is the perfect showcase of Cara’s distinctive, silky vocals and un-paralleled talent for songwriting. The song was inspired by a holiday to Prague, where Cara and her friends were dancing in a nightclub. Cara says, “We met some guys in there and we were all having fun, dancing together…but when we wouldn’t go home with them they became really hostile. It seems it’s a common problem that girls are constantly having to say ‘No’ in situations like this, and so many more. The song came naturally, and for me it’s an anthem for ‘no means no”’
Cara has been writing songs since the age of 7, when she had her first guitar lessons and got bored of practicing the song her tutor had given her. Taking matters into her own hands, Cara composed her own song. Later that day, performing it to her mother she didn’t get the response she was hoping for. Determined to impress, she continued working on the song, all evening, missing dinner – eventually performing the perfected version to an adoring family audience late at night.
This drive and ambition has followed Cara into adulthood, and her fledgling career has already seen her perform over 100 live shows, and gain extensive support from the likes of BBC Introducing. Cara has also been involved in international songwriting camps, writing for other artists around the world.
‘No’ gives a solid introduction to Cara and her songwriting prowess. Her musical influences are broad and all-encompassing, from Lianne La Havas and Adele, to London Grammar, Amy Winehouse and Ben Howard.