Carly Rae Jepsen was born and bred in Mission, British Columbia. With a love of music she possessed from a young age, Carly auditioned for the fifth season of Canadian Idol and finished at third place. Getting her cue, she jumped in making music on her own and came up with an album titled Tug of War in 2008. The album was produced under the label of MapleMusic Recordings and spawned her two first hits “Tug of War” and “Bucket”. While still struggling to make it big, Carly released an extended play in 2012 which featured the single “Call Me Maybe.” This song brought Carly what she wanted – her breakthrough. Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Chart gave it no. 1 position and later she was signed to Scooter Braun's School Boy Records.
According to Carly's website, her father used to sing Jepsen to sleep with James Taylor songs and the great artist became her early inspiration. While in school, Jepsen started singing at a local café in Vancouver. Opportunity came knocking at her door in 2007 when the auditions for Canadian Idol opened up. Apart from James Taylor, Jepsen's musical influences also include Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Bruce Springteen and Natalia Imbruglia. She covered Imbruglia's famous song “Torn” as a contestant in Canadian Idol.
Claim to Fame
Although Carly had given two hits from her debut album, her rise to fame came from her single “Call Me Maybe” from her EP Curiosity. The song went viral; becoming a pop-culture sensation. It was released on 604 Records. It became a number one hit not only in Canada but also in the U.S and other 19 countries. She performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and later released a recorded version of the performance on this song. The video which was recorded with Jimmy Fallon's house band The Roots gained an impressive viewership in millions on YouTube – 400 million to be exact. This album also has a Joni Mitchell song cover by Jepsen titled “Both Sides Now”. Soon after the release of Curiosity, Carly was signed by Scooter Braun for his School Boy Records; a label company owned by Justin Bieber in part. In fact, Carly was signed to the label on Bieber's referral and he also had a great big part in popularizing “Call Me Maybe” by tweeting about it himself. It was the song's immense popularity that Jepsen was soon signed by Interscope Records and Carly Rae Jepsen tickets for her live concerts began to sell out like hot cakes.
Carly at Present
Carly Rae Jepsen's second album is titled Kiss. She premiered a song “The Kiss” from the album in 2012 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Most recently, she released Kiss: The Remix exclusively in Japan; an album containing remixes and instrumentals of her hit songs. At present, Jepsen is back into her recording mode, working on her next album while also touring in promotion of her latest release.