In the past month, Carly Rae Jepsen has been traveling and flying up to three times a day all over America. Even a few months ago she didn’t realize that she was on the brink of stardom in the U.S. and all over the world. “It’s a mystery to me, but it’s a very nice little fairytale that I’m living right now.”

How did Carly get where she is today? Carly has been making music for a long time and started voice lessons when she was young. She was very in love with Jazz music for a long time. Carly says, “Ella Fitzgerald was my number one favorite vocalist in the world for a long long time, and it’s just recently that I’ve started to expand and been attracted to different pop songs.”

In 2007, Carly tried out for Canadian Idol and ended up placing 3rd. Then a few years later during this past winter she was putting out her CD in Canada. Her song “Call Me Maybe” was playing on the radio when Justin Bieber was home for Christmas break. He liked it, so he started tweeting about it and posting pics. One day Justin and Scooter Braun called her label and expressed interest in spreading her music beyond Canada.

When Carly heard the news, she experienced overwhelming joy paired with disbelief. “There was some definite dancing, and there was probably a month of shock. I didn’t tell anybody about it. My family was very surprised to be the last to know. I didn’t want to be the girl who cried wolf.”

Not only has Justin Bieber supported Carly’s music, he’s worked on a duet with her that may be out soon. “The very first day that I met Justin was at his studio, and he was working on his next album and showed me a couple songs, and I think the fourth song in, he was like what do you think of this one? I said I really, really love that one actually. He was like would you like to go sing on it right now? I’m excited to say we might have a duet out soon.”

B96 Chicago’s Julian asked if there is any truth to the song “Call Me Maybe.” Carly admitted, “I have never been brave enough to ask a guy for their number, but the lovely thing about music for me is that you could live vicariously through your musical self. I figure if I was going to ask a guy for his number, that’s how I’d do it.” By the end of the interview, Carly mustered up the courage to ask Julian for his digits.

-Danielle Clasing, B96 Chicago


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