Carly Rae Jepsen’s Road to Fame
- Hillary Reeves
- On September 18, 2012
Once in awhile, a song like “Call Me Maybe” turns into a phenomenon with a life of its own—in this case, reaching number one on music charts in 19 countries and spawning endless video parodies. The catchiest tune of the summer has, in some ways, eclipsed the singer and songwriter who created it. So we’re on a mission here at Pink and Black, to convince you that the talented, beautiful and gracious Carly Rae Jepsen is more than just “that girl who sings ‘Call Me Maybe.’”
First Big Break
Carly Jepsen auditioned for “Canadian Idol” back in 2007, with an original song which she accompanied on her guitar. The judges unanimously sent British Columbia-born Carly through to the finals in Toronto where she ended up taking third place in the overall competition. This launched Carly’s career in Canada, allowing her to record Tug of War.
Second Big Break
The story goes that, while visiting his mother’s home in Canada, Justin Bieber was washing dishes and “Call Me Maybe” came on the radio, instantly catching Justin’s attention. Infected by the song we all now can’t get out of our heads, Justin tweeted his stamp of approval to his millions of followers. A few weeks later Justin, along with Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, the Big Time Rush guys and more goofed around to the song, resulting in this video which catapulted the song to fame. Soon, Justin signed Carly to School Boy Records and even invited her to duet with him on a track for his new album.
Since the explosion of “Call Me Maybe,” Carly has not only inspired the likes of Cookie Monster, Katy Perry and the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, but she’s also toured the world performing the hit, recorded “Good Time” with Owl City and will release Kiss on September 18. Not long after, the 26-year-old will hit the road as opener for Justin Bieber on The Believe Tour.
But fame has not been without its consequences. Carly recently found herself in a whirlwind of controversy surrounding an alleged sex tape and nude photos. Although Carly denied that she was the lookalike in the video, a police report filed in March claimed that the star’s computer had been hacked and that the thief was attempting to sell a scandalous stolen photo to multiple media outlets.
Hey, I Just Met You And This is Crazy…
Happily, it seems that Carly has been able to find love amidst her life-changing opportunities. The singer was spotted holding hands with fellow musician Matthew Koma recently at the US Open’s annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day where Carly performed with Owl City. According to The Huffington Post, Matt even introduced Carly as his girlfriend, as she beamed “from ear to ear.”
Story by Hillary Reeves, contributing writer.