Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen first gained widespread attention with the release of her breakthrough single, Call Me Maybe in 2012. As a teen, she involved herself with several musical productions at school including The Wiz, Grease, and Annie. Later encouraged by her drama teacher, she participated in Canadian Idol in 2007. After placing third in the competition, she landed a management deal with 604 Records.
Born on November 21, 1985, in Mission, British Columbia, Carly Rae Jepsen was among one of two dozen female students to be accepted into the Canadian College of Performing Arts after completing high school. From there, she worked a few minimum-wage jobs before trying her hand at Canadian Idol at the age of twenty two. Though she didn’t take home the champion title, she placed third after a final performance in the top 3, which was an accomplishment in itself.
Eventually signing with RCA Records, she dropped her debut single, a rendition of Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Deer in June 2008. Soon afterwards, she dropped her first studio album titled, Tug of War on September 30, 2008. Produced by Ryan Stewart, it featured ten pop rock tracks including Money and the Ego, Heavy Lifting, Hotel Shampoos, Worldly Matters, and Sour Candy.
How Carly Rae Jepsen Became Famous
Then in the fall of 2011, the singer received a career breakthrough with the release of the single, Call Me Maybe. Co-written by herself with help from Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay, that latter of whom also produced the record, it quickly went viral upon its release. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 38 with over 80,000 downloads in the first week.
Not only that, but it also charted on the Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Dance Club Songs, and Mainstream Top 40, among a few others in the United States. A global hit, Call Me Maybe also topped the music charts in New Zealand, Slovakia, Scotland, South Korea, Ireland, Hungary, Denmark, among many others. Met with universal acclaim, it its official music video has been viewed over 985 million times on Youtube.
The best-selling single of 2012 with more than 12 million copies sold that year, it remains to be one of the best-selling digital single of all time. Certified diamond by the RIAA, it has sold more than 7.6 million copies in the US alone. As of 2017, over 18 million units have been sold across the globe.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s Other Musical Releases
A year after her breakthrough success, Jepsen released her second studio album, Kiss on September 14, 2012. Her first international album, it contained a mix of songs from dance-pop to nu-disco. Produced by Josh Ramsay, Dallas Austin, and Redfoo, among others, the project came with twelve tracks including More than a Memory, Hurt So Good, Your Heart is a Muscle, Guitar String/Wedding Ring, and Tiny Little Bows; among its track list was also a duet with pop star, Justin Bieber.
Significantly more successful than her initial album, Kiss entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 6, having sold more than 46,000 copies in the first week. Another global hit, it also charted across the world in countries such as France, Japan, Italy, Norway, and Australia.
Then on August 21, 2015, her third album, Emotion came out worldwide. A step away from the bubblegum pop-oriented nature of her previous works, the project was inspired by the works of the 1980’s. Lauded for its lyrical content, the album received much praise from critics including those writing for Entertainment Weekly, and Slant Magazine. Some highlights from the track list include I Really Like You, Your Type, and Run Away with Me, all of which were later released as singles.
Carley Rae Jepsen on Tour
Since her rise to fame, Jepsen has hit the roads many times to perform for fans around the world. In 2013, she embarked on her first tour, The Summer Kiss Tour which kicked off in May 2013 in Singapore and continued until October 2013 in Canada.
Two years later, she went on her Gimme Love Tour in support of her third studio album, Emotion (2015). An eight-leg tour, it began in September 2015 in the Philippines and ran till April 2016 where it came to an end in Japan.
In addition to those, she’s also opened for Hanson’s Shout it Out World Tour, Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour, and Hedley’s Hello World Tour.
Carley Rae Jepson on Television
As mentioned earlier, Jepson made her television debut on the competition series, Canadian Idol in 2007. One of the competitors on the show, she ended up finishing in third place; for her top 3 performance, she had performed At Seventeen by Janis Ian and White Flag by Dido.
Since then, she has made a few cameos in a handful of TV shows including 90210 (2012), Shake it Up (2013), Castle (2015), and Comedy Bang! Bag (2015).
Awards Received by Carly Rae Jepson
Incredibly successful, the singer has netted countless accolades throughout her professional career. A two-time Grammy Award nominee, she has won over two dozen awards including three Billboard Music Awards, three Juno Awards, three MuchMusic Video Awards, two MTV Music Europe Awards, and a Western Canada Music Award, among several others.
As of 2017, she has been nominated for 71 awards, 29 of which have been wins.
Carley Rae Jepsen Snapchat Name – carlyraemusic
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Carley Rae Jepsen’s Other Social Media Accounts
Carley Rae Jepsen’s Facebook Account
If you’d like to follow Jepson on Facebook, you can do so by liking her official page at @Carleyraejepsen, where she already has over 12 million fans!
Carley Rae Jepsen’s Instagram Account
Want to see some photos (and occasional videos) from the star? You can find her over on Instagram at @carleyraejepsen.
Carley Rae Jepsen’s Twitter Account
Looking for an easy way to stay up-to-date with the singer? You can find her on Twitter at @carleyraejepsen.
Carley Rae Jepsen’s Youtube Account
If you feel like listening to some of her hit songs, you can stream her music videos over on Youtube at @CarleyRaeJepsenVEVO. Incredibly popular, her page has already racked up over 1.4 billion views as of August 2017!