Carly Rae Jepsen (born November 21, 1985) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Mission, British Columbia currently based in Vancouver. In 2007, she placed third in Canadian Idol season five’s competition and was a part of the Canadian Idol Top 3 concert tour. Shortly after competing on Canadian Idol, she independently released her debut album, Tug of War, through MapleMusic Recordings on September 30, 2008. Three years later, she released a new single, titled “Call Me Maybe”, on Canadian label 604 Records, which was followed by the release of her debut EP titled Curiosity on February 14, 2012. In February 2012, pop singer Justin Bieber referred her to his manager, Scooter Braun, who subsequently signed Jepsen to his Schoolboy Records label while obtaining an American deal with global distribution on affiliate Interscope Records, after “Call Me Maybe” gained popularity on YouTube by reaching 400 million views. The single reached the number one spot on both the US Billboard and Canadian Hot 100, while also topping the charts in 19 other countries. Jepsen’s musical influences include James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison.
Jepsen has received multiple awards and nominations, including three Juno Awards and two Grammy Award nominations. She was also named by Billboard as 2012’s Rising Star and introduced in Canada’s Walk of Fame’s Slaight Allan Awards.