Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen


11/21/1985, Mission, B.C., Canada

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Carly Rae was born and raised in Mission, B.C., a small town located about 85 km east of Vancouver. Attending school and working as a waitress were not the things that Carly Rae wanted to do with her life, so she auditioned for season 5 of Canadian Idol,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Carly won "Choice Breakout Artist" at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

    • Carly won two Juno Awards in 2010 in the categories of Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year.

    • Carly Rae's song "Call Me Maybe" was the first song to hit #1 in digital sales for a Canadian since Justin Bieber.

    • Carly Rae, along with Jaydee Bixby, joined Brian Melo in November, 2007, for a cross-Canada concert tour.

    • Before appearing in season 5 of Canadian Idol, Carly Rae released a CD of 11 songs called "Dear You" that she recorded on her own, as well as a CD with her group, Blue Morris 6, called "Swing Me, Blues Me".

    • Carly Rae spent one year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, studying voice, music theory, acting, and dance. Following that year, she was given the Sacramento Jazz Scholarship, which she received for three years running. At that point, she went to Sacramento to study jazz singing.

    • Before auditioning for Canadian Idol, Carly Rae was part of a blues/jazz band called Blue Morris 6.

    • Carly Rae has many fans across Canada, especially in British Columbia, including the Premier of the Province, Gordon Campbell, who issued a press release supporting her bid to become the next Canadian Idol.

    • August 25th is officially "Carly Rae Day" in her home town of Mission, B.C.

    • August 25, 2007, Carly Rae returned home as part of the Top 4 of Canadian Idol; she gave a concert for fans at Fraser River Heritage Park in B.C.

    • Carly Rae's parents are divorced, and both are remarried; Carly Rae was raised by all four, and says that the four of them are her inspiration.

    • Carly Rae loves to cook, but admits that she's not very good at it, and that what she's cooking usually ends up a disaster.

    • Carly Rae's personal motto is 'Live for the moment.'

    • The songs that Carly Rae has sung on season 5 of Canadian Idol are:
      Top 22: "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae;
      Top 18: "Sweet Ones" by Sarah Slean;
      Top 14: "Waiting in Vain" by Annie Lennox;
      Top 10: "Inside and Out" by Feist;
      Top 9: "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles;
      Top 8: "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia;
      Top 7: "Killer Queen" by Queen;
      Top 6: "Come To My Window" by Melissa Etheridge;
      Top 5: "Chuck E's in Love" by Rickie Lee Jones;
      Top 4: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" by Ella Fitzgerald, and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" by Duke Ellington;
      Top 3: "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian, and "White Flag" by Dido.

    • Some of Carly Rae's favorite musical artists are the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and David Grey.

    • The one thing that Carly Rae says she couldn't live without is Bamboo coffee substitute.

    • Carly's nicknames are Rae-J and Car.

  • Quotes

    • (on the positive and negative sides of being in Canadian Idol) Carly Rae: As much as it builds you up, it tears you down, but not in a bad way. It really tests if you're going to have that alligator skin.

    • Carly Rae: How can you get to know someone really? I used to do this thing where whenever I met someone new, I would ask them what three songs they loved. It's way more valuable then ten hours of conversation.

    • (on making it into the final 4 in season 5 of Canadian Idol) Carly Rae: I am starting think that I am unfairly fortunate. I hope that life doesn't catch up to me and a row of terrible things happen later to balance out all this wonderfulness.

    • Carly Rae: I never had this definite moment or epiphany where I made the choice to pursue a career in music. That desire was just in me from the get go and as indecisive as I can be about everything else in life; this one dream has been constant.