Camila Cabello has one of the most soulful vocal ranges in pop music right now as well as being a superstar in her own right due to her guest vocals on many hit singles and producing mega-hit tracks from her solo career. Her vocal delivery and range have been compared to the likes of Christina Aguilera and her ability to hit those high notes like Mariah Carey. There’s no doubt that Camila Cabello is on her own way to pop star icon status if she isn’t there already.The former Fifth Harmony member pulled a successful Beyoncé and was able to carve out her own successful solo career that still has plenty of momentum with no stopping in sight. Camila also uses her Cuban roots to channel her unique sound through hits like “Havana” and “Senorita” that elevated these singles to number 1 on the charts. This Cuban-American crooner has proven that her presence alone will undoubtedly chart and track she’s featured on.
Born Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao in Havana, Cuba on March 3rd, 1997 to mother Sinuhe Estrabao and father Alejandro Cabello. Specifically, Camila grew up in the town of Cojímar, which is on the east-side of Havana. Her father, being from Mexico City, Mexico, would move aherself, her mother, and her sister, Sophia, back and forth between Mexico City and Cuba through most of her childhood. However, when Camila was five-years-old, she was able to immigrate to America where they made a home in Miami, Florida. Her father, however, was not able to get a visa along with his family at the time but he eventually joined Camila and her family a little over a year later.Camila was able to obtain American citizenship in 2008 and thus became a dual citizen in Cuba and America. During this time, Camila attended high school but dropped out in 2012 to pursue her singing career full-time. However, she did eventually earn her high school diploma later on in her life.Camila has been extremely candid about her experiences growing up as an immigrant in Miami Her struggles and integrating her Cuban and American heritage has influenced not only her vocal style but her lyrical themes as well. While growing up in the Latin cultural melting pot of Miami, Camila immersed herself in the Spanish-speaking musical talents of Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernandez, whom she credits as major musical influences. Camila would then discover her love of music and singing, and use that talent at singing auditions so she could make her big break into the music industry.
Rise to Fame
At the age of 15 in 2012, Camila and her family traveled from Miami to Greensboro, North Carolina so that she could audition for the second season of the American version of the British smash hit, The X Factor. Camila has stated in numerous interviews that this was the first time she had ever sung in front of an audience outside of her family members, so this was the first time other people were hearing her voice. Camila sang Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” for her audition, however, this was never aired on TV because the show did not have the copyright to be able to air it.Initially, Camila was eliminated from the competition during that round of auditions, but she was put on reserve, which is a common practice for The X Factor in case they decide to call you back later to audition again. Famed Simon “The Scowl ” Cowell X Factor had found out that Camila was incredibly upset, did he invite her back to audition with a group of other contestants, who would all eventually make up the girl pop group, Fifth Harmony. The other four members of Fifth Harmony included initial solo contestants Normani, Dinah Jane, Ally Brooke, and Lauren Jauregui who would join Camilia on stage to perform as a group for the rest of the competition in the “group” category on The X Factor.Fifth Harmony would go on to establish a huge fan base, especially after their first performance where they performed “Impossible” on the Judges House portion of the competition, where they racked up 38 million views on YouTube. At the end of the second season of The X Factor, Fifth Harmony had made it to third place in the competition. Their third-place finish did not end Fifth Harmony’s career. It was only the beginning of the group eventually becoming an international hit pop music, all-girl group.
After The X Factor in 2013, Fifth Harmony would sign a joint music deal with Syco Music, which was owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, which is owned by famed and renowned music producer, L.A. Reid. The all-female contemporary R&B group would go on to release their first EP, Better Together, which would peak at the number six spot on the Billboard Top 200 and even higher at both the number six spots on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.Fifth Harmony would then release their debut studio album, Reflections in 2015, which featured the singles “Boss”, “Sledgehammer”, and their international and breakout hit that catapulted them into pop stardom, “Worth It”. “Worth It” would go on to take the top 10 spots on several international charts. The track also hit platinum twice in Australia, Canada, Italy, and even went three times platinum in the United States.By the time Fifth Harmony released their 2016 album 7/27, they had continued to produce even more hits with “Work From Home”, which also reached international success on the charts and even went five times platinum in Canada and the United States that year. “Work From Home” also won the group Best Collaboration of the Year and the 2016 American Music Awards. From 2013 through 2015, the group also toured across the United States and internationally as well.
In 2015, Camila produced her first duet without Fifth Harmony was Canadian singer Shawn Mendes on the track “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, which the two wrote together. The song was a smash hit and charted at the number 20 and 18 spots on the Billboard Top 100 in the United States and Canada, respectively, and even went certified platinum. Camila also collaborated on the Machine Gun Kelly track “Bag Things”, which peaked at the number four spot on the Billboard Top 100. The success of both of these duet tracks established that Camila had the chops to take on a solo career.In December 2016, Fifth Harmony announced that Camila would be leaving the group and would no longer be performing with the group. There are many different accounts of how this happened, with both the group and Camila and the group giving different versions of how Camila left the group. According to the members of Fifth Harmony, the group was told that she was leaving via a representative of Camila where Camila has stated that the group was aware and it wasn’t as sudden as they made it out to be. Regardless, Fifth Harmony performed for the last time with Camila on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on New Year’s Eve in 2016. In 2017, Camila’s first solo track after her departure from Fifth Harmony was with Pit Bull and J Balvin on the track “Hey Ma” for The Fate of the Furious movie soundtrack. Camila was also featured on the track “Know Better” with Major Lazor, Travis Scott, and Quavo and would then release her first solo track “Crying in the Club” in May 2017. “Crying in the Club” would peak at the number 47 spot on the Billboard Top 100. Camila would also perform the track at the 2017 Billboard Awards.
Camila’s self-titled album Camila debuted in January 2018 through the same record labels that she worked with while still performing with Fifth Harmony, Sysco, and Epic Records. Although “Crying in the Club” was supposed to be the album’s lead single, it was changed to “Havana” instead. The track “Havana” became an international smash hit and officially broke Camila into the top 100 charts in Brazil, Canada, Australia, France, the UK, and the US.Camila was produced by dubstep talent Skrillex, and producers Frank Dukes and T-Minus. The album was met with praise from critics who felt that Camila successfully incorporated her Cuban and Latin influences in her powerhouse ballads. The album would debut at the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 and would go on to release the singles “Never Be the Same” and “Consequences”, which would go on to peak on the top 10 charts across numerous countries. Camila promoted the album on her Never Be The Same Tour and when she was an opening act for Taylor Swift on Swift’s 2017 Reputation tour. The album would also be nominated Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
In September of 2019, Camila released her sophomore album Romance, again having it produced by Sysco Music and Epic Records. The album was produced again by former Camila producer, Frank Dukes, along with The Monsterz and the Strangerz, Finneas, Andrew Watt, John Hill, and Louise Bell. Camila went in a new direction with her sophomore follow-up by incorporating more rock influences into her Latin, R&B, and pop sound.“Liar”, “Cry for Me”, “Living Proof”, “Easy”, and “My Oh My”, which featured rising trap rap star DaBaby. The single “Señorita”, which featured past collaborator Shawn Mendes, was also part of the album’s tracklist. “Señorita”, like their former duet “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, was a smash hit and even peaked in the top 10 charts in almost every country. The track would also be nominated and won Collaboration of the Year at the 2019 American Music Awards, Song of The Year at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards, Best Collaboration, and Best Choreography at the 2019 MTV Music Video Awards. The track was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards and also went seven times platinum in Canada. The track was also the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2019 and is the 9th most-streamed song of all time on the streaming platform.
Accomplishments and Awards
Since starting her solo career in 2017, Camila Cabello has over a billion streams across numerous streaming platforms and is the best selling digital artist of 2018 due to her massive popularity and ability to push any track she’s featured on to platinum status. In addition to her track streams, she has also won two Latin Grammy Awards in addition to five American Music Awards and one Billboard Music Award. She has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards in her short career so far.Altogether, Camila Cabello has won over 74 awards and has been nominated over 178 times for other music awards. With this impressive wrap sheet, we’re definitely interested to see how many more awards and nominations Camila will receive as her career continues to blossom. With this feat, we expect to see her become a familiar nominee for future Grammy Awards.
Camila was romantically linked to British YouTube personality and writer Matthew Hussey when they met on the Today show in February 2018. However, they would only date for a short while when the relationship ended in June 2019. Camila didn’t mourn the relationship for too long as she bounced back when she started dating her frequent duet partner, Shawn Mendes, that same month, and are still currently together.Since Camila and Shawn Mendes began dating in July 2019, there has been a lot of rumors and controversy surrounding the authenticity of their relationship. Some have even accused the two of only dating for publicity and that they weren’t romantically linked. Both Camila and Mendes have denied this accusation by posting numerous pictures of them together as a couple on their social media accounts and also being affectionate with each other when paparazzi are around.In December 2019, past Tumblr posts that Camila reblogged in 2012 and 2013 repeated and caused quite the controversy as they contained hate speech and even contained a post mocking the Chris Brown attack on Rihanna from 2009. Her old Tumblr account vanished soon after these posts surfaced and Camila came out with an apology that stated she uneducated and ignorant and that she regretted ever posting them. She went on to also say that she feels nothing but love and inclusivity towards people and that she feels embarrassed by the posts.