Born in Dungiven, Co Londonderry in 1975, Cara won the All Ireland singing Trophy at the age of 14.
- Known for having ‘what may well be the world’s most beautiful female voice’, (Mojo magazine) Cara came from a musical family and began singing at an early age.
- Cara went on to sing with bands Oige, De Danaan, and Equation.
- It was in Equation that she met future husband Sam Lakeland, leaving the band in 1996 and formed duo ‘Polar Star’
- Signing to Warner Bros for 4years, they left the company without releasing an album.
- Soon after they signed to Rough Trade Records, and released Irish traditional album ‘Cara Dillon’ in 2001.
- The album was immensely popular in Ireland; it was critically acclaimed and picked up a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award amongst others. Cara also won Irish Tatler’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award.
- Her 2003 album ‘Sweet Liberty’ was another critical success. Cara picked up the Irish Meteor award for Best Female Singer.
- Cara appeared on the sold-out ‘A Woman’s Heart’ tour of the USA, alongside Mary Black and Sharon Shannon.
- Her third album ‘After the Morning’ as released in 2006, and the single ‘Never In A Million Years’ was a big radio hit.
- The birth of her twin sons in 2006 and her daughter in 2010 has meant that Cara had been concentrating on family life for the past few years.