Carly Rae Jepsen Canadian singer, is Best Known For Appearing on Canadian Idol, her single “Call Me Maybe” and her albums like Tug of War (2008), Kiss (2012).
Born Name: Carly Rae Jepsen
Nick Name: Carly Jepsen
Occupation: Singer, songwriter
Years active: 2007–present
Born: November 21, 1985, 35, Mission, British Columbia,Canada
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Hair Color: Carly is naturally a brunette. But, Carly likes to dye her hair red.
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 34-25-32 in or 86-63.5-81 cm
Bra size: 32B
Genre: Pop, dance, pop rock
Instruments: Vocals, guitar
Labels: MapleMusic, 604, School Boy, Interscope Records
Carly attended Heritage Park Secondary School in Mission. Post that, she went to Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia.
Father – Larry Jepsen, Ron Lanzarotta (Stepfather)
Mother – Alexandra Lanzarotta
Siblings – Colin Jepsen (Brother), Katie Jepsen (Sister)
Others – Sebastian Jepsen (Cousin)
She has Danish ancestry.
Carly Rae Jepsen performed several lead roles in her high school’s musical productions and pursued musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. After completing her studies, she relocated to Vancouver and later competed on the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007, placing third. In 2008 Jepsen released her folk-influenced debut studio album Tug of War in Canada.
Jepsen’s breakthrough came in 2012, when her single “Call Me Maybe” achieved significant mainstream popularity; the song was the best-selling single of that year, reaching number one in 18 countries. As a result, she was signed to a joint worldwide record deal with Schoolboy Records and Interscope Records. Jepsen’s second studio album, Kiss, was released later that year. It marked a greater shift into mainstream pop music and saw fair commercial success, reaching the top ten in Canada and the United States. In 2013 Jepsen made her Broadway stage debut as the titular character in Cinderella. In 2015 she released her third studio album, Emotion. It is noted for its influence from 1980s music as well as blending dance-pop and synth-pop with indie sensibilities. While less commercially successful than Kiss, it saw the success of its lead single, “I Really Like You”, and received critical acclaim. In 2016 Jepsen performed in the television special Grease: Live and lent her voice to the animated film Ballerina. Her fourth studio album, Dedicated, was released on May 17, 2019.
Jepsen has received multiple accolades, including three Juno Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an Allan Slaight Award, in addition to various nominations for Grammy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Polaris Music Prize and People’s Choice Awards. As of May 2015, Jepsen has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
Life and career
1985−2006: Early life and career beginnings
Jepsen was born to Alexandra (born lanzarotta) and Larry Jepsen, the second of their three children. She is of Danish, English and Scottish descent. She has an older brother, Colin, and a younger sister, Katie. She attended Heritage Park Secondary School, where she pursued her early passion for musical theatre by appearing in student productions of Annie, Grease, and The Wiz, playing the lead roles of Annie, Sandy and Dorothy. As her parents and stepparents were all teachers, Jepsen considered a career in music instruction as a second option. She applied to a number of music-related programs, including those at Capilano College and the University of British Columbia. Her high school drama teacher, Beverly Holmes, persuaded her to audition for the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia, where she was one of 25 female students to gain admission into its year-long program: It was very clear to me after that school, as much fun as I had, I really did want to pursue more of a purely musical career rather than acting and all the dancing.
After graduating from school, Jepsen relocated to Vancouver’s west side, where she held several minimum-wage jobs. She worked at Trees Organic Coffee as a barista and pastry chef assistant, starting its open mic night. Jepsen describes this as the happiest time in her life; she slept on a pull-out sofa, wrote songs in her downtime with a guitar her parents gave her and performed multiple nights a week at musician-friendly holes in the wall. Bartending at the Media Club, Jepsen once requested an extra late shift in order to see Sia, who became a future collaborator.
2007–2010: Canadian Idol and Tug of War
While assembling a swing band, Jepsen was convinced to audition for Canadian Idol by her drama teacher. She performed her original song Sweet Talker and finished in third place, which she considered the best possible outcome in retrospect it was like all the exposure without the devilish contract at the end. Her demo recording attracted the attention of music manager Jonathan Simkin, who signed Jepsen to a management deal with 604 Records that year.
Jepsen released her debut single, a cover of John Denver’s song Sunshine on My Shoulders, in June 2008. Her debut album, Tug of War, was released in September 2008 and has sold 10,000 copies in Canada. Her singles Tug of War and Bucket both peaked in the top 40 of the Canadian Hot 100 and received Gold certifications for sales of 40,000 units each. Sour Candy, a duet with Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench was released as the final single. In early 2009 Jepsen toured western Canada with Marianas Trench and Shiloh.
2011–2014: Mainstream success with Curiosity and Kiss
In 2011 Jepsen began recording material for her second album with Josh Ramsay, Ryan Stewart, and Tavish Crowe, with whom she co-wrote the lead single, Call Me Maybe. The track was later released in September of that year. In January 2012 fellow Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber promoted the single on Twitter, and the next month it was featured in a viral video in which Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale lip-synced and danced to it. Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, signed Jepsen to a joint worldwide record deal with his own label, Schoolboy Records, and the major label Interscope Records. Call Me Maybe later peaked at number one on the Canadian Hot 100, making Jepsen the fourth Canadian artist to top the chart. In the United States the single spent nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, earning the title Song of the Summer from Billboard magazine. The single also topped the charts in 18 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it was the year’s second best-selling single. It was the best-selling single of 2012 worldwide, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The song was included on Jepsen’s six-track EP, Curiosity, released in February 2012 in Canada.
Following the success of “Call Me Maybe”, Jepsen recorded the duet “Good Time” with Owl City, which was released in June 2012. The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and preceded Jepsen’s second album, Kiss, which was released in September 2012 and reached top ten chart positions in Australia, the UK, and the US. In Canada, the album has been certified gold. The album also produced the singles This Kiss and Tonight I’m Getting Over You. In late 2012 Jepsen appeared on the fifth-season premiere episode of The CW primetime soap opera 90210 and became a spokesperson for clothing retailer Wet Seal.
Jepsen received the Rising Star Award at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, making her the first Canadian recipient. At the 2013 Juno Awards, Kiss won the awards for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year, whilst Call Me Maybe won in the Single of the Year category. The single also received nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2013, Jepsen became a spokesperson for clothing/footwear brand Candie’s. In June 2013 Kiss: The Remix, a compilation album containing remixes and instrumentals of singles from Kiss, was released exclusively in Japan and peaked at number 157 on the Oricon albums chart. From June to October Jepsen embarked on The Summer Kiss Tour in North America and Asia. In February 2014 Jepsen assumed the titular role in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella; she performed it for 12 weeks. Later that year Jepsen won the International Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards, alongside co-writers Josh Ramsay and Tavish Crowe.
2015–2017: Emotion and other projects
Jepsen released her third album’s lead single, I Really Like You, in March 2015. Accompanied by a music video in which actor Tom Hanks lip-synced to the song, it peaked at number 14 in Canada and the top five in the UK. The album, titled Emotion, was released in June 2015 and received positive reviews; the album appeared on many publications’ year-end albums lists. Emotion became a cult favourite, attracting a more mature audience to her music. The album peaked at number eight in Canada and at number 16 on the US Billboard 200. It includes collaborations with Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend), Sia Furler, Dev Hynes, Greg Kurstin, and Ariel Rechtshaid. The second single, Run Away with Me, was released in July 2015. Later that year, Jepsen embarked on the Gimmie Love Tour in support of Emotion. Jepsen was also featured on a new version of Bleachers song Shadow from their album Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 and released a cover of Wham!’s Last Christmas. Jepsen played Frenchy in Grease Live, Fox’s live television presentation of the musical Grease in January 2016. As part of her role, she performed a new song entitled All I Need Is an Angel. In late 2015, Jepsen recorded the theme song for the Netflix series Fuller House, a remake of the theme to Full House. In 2016, she appeared on The Knocks’ debut album 55.
Jepsen released Emotion: Side B in August 2016, an EP containing eight cut tracks from Emotion. The EP was listed on several end-of-year lists from publications such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. In May 2017, Jepsen released the single Cut to the Feeling. The song was originally intended for Emotion, but instead appeared in the animated film Ballerina, in which Jepsen voices a supporting role.
During January and February 2018, Jepsen appeared as the opening act for Katy Perry’s Witness The Tour. Party for One, the lead single from Jepsen’s upcoming fourth studio album, was released on November 1, 2018. Two more songs, Now That I Found You and No Drug Like Me followed on February 27, 2019.
Her new album, Dedicated, came out on May 17, 2019, with a tour beginning June 27. The album has 13 tracks and 15 for a deluxe edition, including Now That I Found You and No Drug Like Me.
Artistry and influences
Jepsen’s vocal range has been classified as soprano. Paul Bradley of LA Weekly describes Jepsen’s voice as hushed and flawless while Maura Johnston of Slate Magazine characterizes it as airy yet precise. She has said that she shares her parents interest in folk music as a result of her upbringing, naming artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, and Van Morrison as inspirations for her debut album, Tug of War (2008). During the recording of her EP Curiosity and her second album, Kiss (both 2012), Jepsen said that she became increasingly influenced by pop and dance music, in particular the works of Dragonette, Kimbra, La Roux, and Robyn. Her third album, Emotion (2015), drew from her love of pop music from the 1980s and the old-school albums of Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Prince. Jepsen has also expressed admiration for Cat Power, Christine and the Queens, Tegan and Sara, Bleachers, Bob Dylan, Sky Ferreira, Dev Hynes, Solange Knowles, Joni Mitchell, Sinéad O’Connor, the Spice Girls, and Hank Williams.
Jepsen was scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Scout Jamboree, along with the band Train, but in March 2013, both cited the BSA policy on gay people as barrier to their performance. Jepsen released a statement that stated, As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.
Bright blue eyes
Looks somewhat younger than her age
She was managed by Scooter Braun earlier.
Now, she is managed by Jonathan Simkin, co-founder of 604 records.
She was announced as the spokesperson for Burt’s Bee’s eco-friendly line güd in 2013.
On September 30, 2008, Carly released her debut album Tug of War under MapleMusic. The album received 4.5 rating (out of 5) by Sputnik Music. The album sold nearly 10,000 copies in Canada. The album did not chart in any of the countries music charts like Billboard, etc.
She has only appeared in TV movies related to Music Awards.
First TV Show
In 2007, she appeared in the Canadian reality television singing competition, Canadian Idol in its fifth season. She finished at 3rd place.
She really likes to run to remain in good shape. While on Justin Bieber Tour, she, along with her security guard ran the stairs of the stadium. That is why, she is proud of her asset, her butt.
Carly Rae Jepsen Favorite Things
Video – Call Me Maybe Obsessed (By a group based in Abbotsford, British Columbia)
Childhood Favorite Songs – “Moondance” and “One Headlight”
Food – Mushroom risotto
TV Show – Friends (1994-2004), How I Met Your Mother (2005-)
Cocktail – Red Wine
Cheat Food – Pizza
Excuse – Tavish Did It!
Ice Cream Flavor – Vanilla Swiss Almond
Junk Food – Ice Cream
Viral Video – Charlie Bit Me
Tweeter – Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
Reality TV Star – Jillian Harris from Canadian “Bachelorette”
Actor / Celebrity – Ryan Gosling
Author – Eckhart Tolle
Celebrity Baby Name – Gwyneth Paltrow named her baby Apple
Video Game – Mortal Kombat
Singer – Ella Fitzgerald
Comedian – Jerry Seinfeld
App – Instagram
Beauty Product – MAC’s Lady Danger red lipstick
Car – Bentley
Fashion Designer – Carlie Wong
Website – elshane.com
Animal – Dog
City – London
School Subject – English
Holiday Destination – Italy
Carly Rae Jepsen Facts
She has got a sweet tooth. Carly really likes peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
Carly was placed 3rd in the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007. But, still, she managed to get a deal with a record label.
Jepsen has become the fourth artist to reach the no.1 spot on Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100.
Carly receives the inspirations from her real life happenings. She has maintained roughly 60 diaries for that. And whenever she needs to write a song, she just goes through the diary.
She is good friends with Justin Bieber.
Carly supports gay marriage.
She told Glamor that she has a female celebrity crush on Adele, Feist and Zooey Deschanel.
Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber are her favorite persons to follow.
Visit her official website @ www.carlyraemusic.com.