Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress who skyrocketed into fame with the success of her single “Call Me Maybe” in 2012. The song became a cultural phenomenon that swept the industry, giving her a huge platform. It set the bar really high for Jepsen, leaving her hard pressed to ever match that level of success again. Despite this, the former Canadian Idol contestant has received numerous awards and nominations including three Juno Awards, a Billboard Music Award and as of May 2015 she’s sold over 20 million records worldwide! Last year she released her third album, Emotion with the lead radio single, “I Really Like You,” and at the end of this month she’ll be celebrating her 31st birthday. In honor of that, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Carly Rae Jepsen!
10. She Grew up in a Musical Family
It’s no surprise to learn that Jepsen grew up in a musical household and was raised by parents who loved listening to music and jamming out. This is definitely where her interest in the music industry started: “I just grew up in a family where every celebration or party would end in a big jam session. “Moondance” by Van Morrison always resulted in a late-night dance party. My dad would sing three songs before bed instead of [telling me] a story. [When I was a teen], my mom would sit me down with a half-glass of wine and a Leonard Cohen song and ask me waht the song was about. I wanted to be apart of that world,” she said.