- 12:10 PM, Aug 17
For Carly Rae Jepsen, it was endless lucky little door openings. She was born November 20, 1985 in Mission, British Columbia. She attended Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC when one of her teachers encouraged her to audition for Canadian Idol. "On Season 5, I ended up being ushered by my high school drama teacher to go to the audition. It was one of those things that I didn't ever expect to be the thing that worked, but it really was the first level of exposure that I ever had," she said in an interview.
Jepsen finished third in the competition and was signed to Fontana and MapleMusic after completing the Idol tour. She poured her time and energy for the writing and recording of her first album with producer Ryan Stewart. Her first single and a cover of John Denver's song, "Sunshine on My Shoulders", was released in June 2008. Her debut album was titled "Tug of War" and released three months after the singles.
The promotional effort for her debut album continued throughout 2009 with the release of her Josh Ramsay duet, "Sour Candy". Ramsay was one of the people who contributed to "Call Me Maybe", her breakthrough single. The song was released in September 2011 and received both national and international recognition. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez tweeted about it and Jepsen's name suddenly was trending worldwide. Her second album, "Curiosity" was released on February 14, 2012 with Stewart as producer once again.
Bieber then made the announcement on the MuchMusic program New Music Live that Jepsen has been signed to Schoolboy Records, the label run by his manager, Scooter Braun. "Call Me Maybe" became the first song by a Canadian artist to reach the top of the digital chart since Bieber's "Baby" in January 2010. "The fact that we are able to have that friendly competition is blowing my mind," she told MTV News. "I wouldn't be here without his support and his help, and he is so great about it. He's just happy for me, which is nice to see."
Her invasion of U.S. began with a tour with Hanson and a secret collaboration with Bieber. She also made her first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", performing "Call Me Maybe" and answering questions with her biggest supporter, Bieber. "Call Me Maybe" peaked at number 10 on Billboard Hot 100 and number 1