Carly Rae Jepsen Biography

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 on U.K. singles chart.

"Call Me Maybe" was then included in Jepsen's second album, "Kiss". Featuring cntributions from the likes of Toby Gad, Matthew Koma, Bonnie McKee, Max Martin, Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, and LMFAO's Redfoo, the LP was released in September 2012 and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard 200.

Jepsen received the Rising Star Award at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. At the 2013 Juno Awards, "Kiss" won the awards for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. Meanwhile, "Call Me Maybe" won in the Single of the Year category. The same song was then nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance Awards at the 2013 Grammys.

She spent 2014 working on her next album, which was originally planned for release sometime that year. However, she decided to take her time with the project and pushed it back. In early 2015, she finally previewed the album with its lead single "I Really Like You".

The song received a lot of buzz thanks to Tom Hanks who stars in the accompanying music video along with Bieber and Jepsen herself. A few weeks later, Jepsen announced her third studio effort would be called "E.MO.TION". She released the album in Japan back in June, and will drop it in the U.S. on August 21.