Cara Hammond is a singer-songwriter from North Wales, currently based in London. Influenced by female artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lianne La Havas and Lana Del Rey, Cara’s music is an eclectic mix of indie pop, neo soul and folk. Cara began writing songs when she was 11, and has since continued to write honest lyrics inspired by her real life experiences.
Over the last couple of years, Cara has attended several international co-writing sessions with both major and independent labels, in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Rotterdam. Cara has worked closely with several established writers such as Sebastien Sternberg and Pedro Vito (Jack Savoretti’s number 1 album 'Singing To Strangers’ and Imelda May’s ‘11 Past The Hour’), Andrew Burrows, Ben Bailey Smith (Doc Brown) and Blair MacKichan (Sia's ‘The Greatest’) to name a few.
Cara self-released her first 2 EP’s on SoundCloud in 2012, and after gaining momentum, released a third EP 'Ray'. In 2019 Cara signed to the independent label Oswaldo, where she released a succession of successful singles. These singles received incredible support from Spotify and BBC Radio, leading to a feature in the BBC Introducing Hotlist 2019.
During the pandemic, Cara learnt how to produce, leading to the release of her first self produced EP ‘twenty four hours’. The EP was written using song ideas sent in by fans on social media, which Cara would then premiere in her weekly livestreams. The leading track ‘Losing Balance’ now has over 720,000 streams on Spotify, leading to live ‘at home’ sessions on BBC Radio Wales and performances for Gwyl 2021.
Live performances are essential for Cara. Her first major performance was at 15 supporting Charlotte Church, and since then the stages have gotten even bigger. Cara has performed mesmerising sets at UK festivals Boomtown Fair, Love Supreme, Pennfest and Focus Wales, supported R&B artist Mahalia, performed for BBC Radio London, Wales and Leeds, including a BBC Introducing Showcase, and since moving to London she has performed at several iconic venues such as The Troubadour, The Water Rats and The Notting Hill Arts Club.
Cara has just finished her new EP ‘Nice Girl’, which has been co-produced, via Zoom, with Sebastien Sternberg and Pedro Vito. Cara is super excited about this project and can’t wait for its release.