Canadian Call Me Maybe hitmaker Carly Rae Jepsen says she couldn’t pinpoint the moment when her life started to change.
But she does remember after signing to Scooter Braun’s School Boy Records in early 2012 – at fellow Canuck Justin Bieber’s suggestion – she went to parent company Interscope Records and met an army of people in a boardroom which was a far cry from her career life at that point.
“It’s so funny, we had been basically driving our own little soccer van,” said Jepsen whose song, Call Me Maybe, is up for two Grammys on Feb. 10 including the top category of song of the year.
“I made my own posters and posted them up with my sister around town. Like our merch was designed by us and sold and put into the bag by like me and my friends at the time. And I can just remember working for every single step of it. Even like photo shoots were made for me by friends who would give me deals on like photographs and stuff like that.”
And despite Call Me Maybe’s omnipresence during the last year, Jepsen hasn’t gotten sick of performing it live yet.
“It’s a song that we do at the end of the set and it always feels like the celebration song for me and I never, ever sing it alone,” said Jepsen, who will also present during the broadcast show.
“It’s always like the stadium (singing) it with me. And it’s actually one of my favourite moments. And I can remember going to see like Melissa Etheridge and being kind of peeved because everyone would be singing along to all of her hits and couldn’t hear Melissa. But, at the same time, remember thinking, how cool that was ‘cause of how amazing that must feel to be able to go there and have everyone know all the words and that’s kind of my moment there. I just feel like we share in the song together.”
Read my full inteview with Jepsen online at torontosun.com or jam.canoe.ca later this week or in The Sunday Sun Ent magazine (feb. 10).