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Hard work a constant in Carly Rae’s dream life

By Joe Leary

Carly Rae Jepsen. (SUBMITTED)

Carly Rae Jepsen. (SUBMITTED)

To say 2012 has been the year of Carly Rae Jepsen is an understatement. With a chart-topping mega hit single and an international tour with Justin Bieber, life has changed radically for the 26-year-old singer/songwriter. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Mission native.


24: Did you have any idea Call Me Maybe would become as huge as it is?


CRJ: It was a co-write between me and two of my good friends; Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay and I think the three of us were doing the thing that we always do when we write, just sort of getting into that creative zone and hoping for the best. There were no real expectations other than hoping to make the best possible song we could.


24: What were you thinking as it was exploding on the charts worldwide?


CRJ: I remember when it started getting played on the radio and I remember seeing it at Top 64 and then slowly, slowly working up the charts and before Justin Bieber’s tweet, it was at No. 11. I remember thinking, ‘Man if we could crack Top 10 at iTunes that would be rad.’ Obviously, things took off much better than I could have ever imagined.


24: So life has changed for Carly Rae Jepsen. What would you say was the turning point?


CRJ: It’s hard to kind of pinpoint just one exact moment. It’s like a good dream that I’ve been walking in and I wake up and I’m still in the same dream. It’s definitely been a lot of work, a lot of very gratifying work. There’s been moments where I’m getting recognized in places I’ve never visited before, that’s always shocking. A mixture of exciting and terrifying, but it’s definitely one of those moments where you take it in and think life is definitely changing and it’s catching on and that’s new for me.


24: What’s it like to have an entire audience singing every word to your song?


CRJ: It’s a cool moment. I can remember going to see Melissa Etheridge, actually at Rogers Arena, and I remember thinking I’m really frustrated because I can’t even hear her because everyone was singing every song when all I wanted to do was hear her. But then I thought good for her because people love her as much as I do and know her songs word for word. It’s a very cool moment to sing Call Me Maybe and have people sing it back word for word. It’s not just mine. It kind of feels like a shared moment and there’s a lot of joy you get from that.


24: And of course you had the opportunity to play in your hometown, at Rogers Arena no less.


CRJ: This is a dream come true for me, absolutely. The other stadiums have been amazing and it’s been exciting, but I never grew up thinking ‘I hope I can play Staples Center,’ I grew up thinking ‘I hope I play Rogers Arena someday. Wouldn’t that be amazing?’ It’s a pinch me moment for sure. Not just for the show factor but being in Vancouver there’s a feeling, there’s a smell, even the temperature. I’m a Canadian girl … getting on my coat on again and I was just shopping for a toque.


24: You just released your CD, Kiss. This must have been pretty exciting to see it come to fruition.


CRJ: That project was my total obsession for months and it felt weird letting it go because when you have something like that, it ruled my life for a while. It was in the middle of Call Me Maybe so it was definitely a struggle because I would be travelling in the day and then head to my hotel room at night, say in Paris but I wouldn’t see Paris because I’d be writing songs and sending off different lyric ideas for different collaborative processes. At the end of the day, when I look back to how it all came together and even how some of the collaborations came together, by fluke or by chance, I don’t know how I could have done it twice. I definitely exercised every bit of effort that I could and worked non-stop to make it really feel like it would be something that I would forever be proud of and I am. I’m thrilled at how it turned out.


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