Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. As part of the girl group Fifth Harmony, Cabello and her bandmates released one EP and two studio albums. Her departure from the group was announced in December 2016. As a lead artist, Cabello has released two singles which entered the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes and "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly, with the latter reaching No. 4. Her single "Havana", from her upcoming debut studio album, has reached the top 10 in a number of countries.
Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina. She auditioned with Aretha Franklin's Respect; her audition was not aired because the TV show didn't get the rights for the song. After elimination during the "bootcamp" portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony. They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid's record label, after finishing in third place on the show.
The group released the EP Better Together (2013) along with the studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016), which generated singles such as "Worth It" and "Work from Home". From 2013 through the end of 2016, Cabello performed in various Fifth Harmony tours.
On December 18, 2016, the group announced Cabello's departure.She appeared in a previously taped performance with the group on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
In November 2015, Cabello released a duet with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer", a song they wrote together. The single charted at No. 20 in the US and 18 in Canada, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On October 14, 2016, Cabello released a joint single with American rapper Machine Gun Kelly called "Bad Things", which reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. Cabello was included on Time's "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2016" list.
On January 25, 2017, "Love Incredible", a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat, leaked online. The official version of the song was released on February 16, 2017. It is featured on Cashmere Cat's debut studio album, 9. Cabello was later featured in "Hey Ma", a collaboration with Pitbull and J Balvin for The Fate of the Furious: The Album. The "Hey Ma" (Spanish Version) single and music video were released on March 10, 2017. The English version of the song was released on April 6, 2017. The singer was also featured on a collaboration with Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Quavo, "Know No Better".
Cabello's forthcoming debut solo album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. is set to be released in September 2017. Cabello posted on social media about the story behind the project, saying: "[The album] is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again." The album's lead single "Crying in the Club" was released on May 19, 2017. Cabello performed the song for the first time at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in May 2017. The singer also partnered with clothing brand Guess as the face for their 2017 Fall campaign. Cabello joined Bruno Mars' 24K Magic World Tour as an opening act for several of its dates.