Carly Rae Jepsen, the artist behind the massive hit single “Call Me Maybe,”admits even she gets tired of the song sometimes. “When that happens, I just try to remember that it’s such a gift. That song changed my life. I will always love that song.”
The Canadian pop star is in Manila for her first-ever concert at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, August 7. “Call Me Maybe,” a song about instant attraction and the awkwardness of going up to a person you like, was one of the biggest singles of 2012. The official YouTube video is fast approaching half a billion hits and the song has spawned countless covers and parodies, from the US Olympic swimming team to Cookie Monster of Sesame Street.
“I have to admit Cookie Monster’s version is my favorite,” Jepsen said during the press conference at Makati Shangri-La a day before the concert. “I grew up watching Sesame Street!”
Before she made it big as a pop artist, Jepsen said she started out as a folk artist in her native Canada. “I wrote my first song when I was eight years old,” she said. “It was a protest song about people cutting down trees.”When she was younger her father would sing her James Taylor songs while her mother taught her lyrics to Leonard Cohen songs. She said the transition to pop was “natural” as she began to widen her musical horizons and began listening to artists like Robyn, La Roux and Dragonette and going on the road with bands like Marianas Trench and The New Cities.
Jepsen also competed on the fifth season of Canadian Idol, where she placed third. Asked about her favorite romantic song, Jepsen recalled a moment on the show when she sang Jon Bon Jovi’s “Always’ with the rock superstar himself. “They didn’t air it on the show, but it really happened!” she said.
The singer’s big break came when pop susperstar and fellow Canadian Justin Bieber heard a song on the radio that she composed with her guitarist Tavish Crowe and Marianas Trench singer Josh Ramsay. It was “Call Me Maybe.” Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun tracked Jepsen down and signed her to Braun’s Schoolboy Records and the rest is not-so-ancient history.
“Call Me Maybe” thrust Jepsen into the limelight, becoming the bestselling song of 2012 on iTunes and was nominated for a Grammy Awars for Song of the Year.Jepsen herself was also nominated Best Pop Solo Performance.
“The song started out as an idea about how I would come up to a guy,” she said. “In the beginning I was only hoping for a bit of a career [in Canada]but that song brought me to where I am now.”
PAUL JOHN CANA