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Carly Rae Jepsen Biography,Career,Songs and Activism

About Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress born November 21, 1985. She perfomed in several lead roles in her high school’s musical productions, eventually pursuing musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Upon completing her studies, Jepsen moved to Vancouver’s west side where she honed her songwriting craft. In 2007, she placed third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol and subsequently recorded her folk-influenced debut, Tug of War in 2008. Jepsen was born in Mission, British Columbia, to Alexandra and Larry Jepsen, the middle of three children. 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, respectively starring in its lead roles as Annie, Sandy and Dorothy.

As both of her parents were teachers, as well as her stepparents, Jepsen considered a career in music instruction as a second option. She applied to a number of music-related programs, including the courses offered 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.”

Carly Rae Jepsen Career

After graduating from school, Jepsen relocated to Vancouver’s west side where 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” where she slept on a pull-out sofa, wrote songs in her downtime with a guitar her parents gifted 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 watch Sia perform, who became a future collaborator. In the midst of assembling a swing band, Jepsen was convinced to join Canadian Idol by her drama teacher, once again, who drove her to the audition in 2007. She performed the original composition “Sweet Talker”, and placed third near the finale, which she considered as 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 same year. Simkin originally expressed disinterest in managing her, assuming Jepsen didn’t pen her own material.

In June 2008, Jepsen released her debut single, a cover of John Denver’s song “Sunshine on My Shoulders”. Her debut album, Tug of War, was released on September 16, 2008 through MapleMusic, produced in its entirety by Ryan Stewart. It eventually sold 10,000 copies in Canada according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her singles “Tug of War” and “Bucket” both peaked within the top 40 of the Canadian Hot 100, subsequently Gold certifications for sales of 40,000 units each. The final song to be serviced was “Sour Candy”, a duet with Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench. In early 2009, Jepsen toured western Canada with Marianas Trench and Shiloh. She then went on a cross-Canada tour with Marianas Trench, The New Cities and Mission District. In a 2015 interview with The Herald, Jepsen revealed that despite receiving radio airplay, she was unable to earn an income from her music and kept employment in service industry jobs, once resorting to busking to pay her electricity bill.

Carly Rae Jepsen Photo

Carly Rae Jepsen Photo

Carly Rae Jepsen Activism

Jepsen is a gay rights activist. She was scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Scout Jamboree, along with the band Train. In March 2013, both cited the controversy over 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.”

Carly Rae Jepsen Songs

  1. Good time
  2. Sweaty
  3. This kiss
  4. Call me maybe
  5. Curiosity
  6. Bucket
  7. Beautiful
  8. Sour candy
  9. Tug of war
  10. Both sides now
  11. Talk to me
  12. Picture
  13. Turn me up
  14. Sunshine on my shoulder

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