Every time Carly Rae Jepsen performs her disco-pop ditty “Call Me Maybe”, she thinks she is going to be sick of it.

One of the biggest breakout tracks of last year (2012), it topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and earned the Canadian singer a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

But she says she always stops short of feeling that way. “I’ve definitely heard it and performed it a lot, so every time I perform it live, I think I’m going to be sick of it. But then I see the audience sort of take it over and sing it with me and that always makes it way more fun.”


Carly Rae Jepsen at the Juno Awards show in Regina, Saskatchewan, last month. PHOTO: REUTERS

She was talking to Life! in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where she recently debuted her new song, “Take A Picture”, on American Idol.

Music fans here can no doubt watch Jepsen sing that No. 1 song when she performs at the Singapore Social Concerts, alongside soul-pop singer CeeLo Green and South Korean pop sensation Psy at The Meadows, Gardens by the Bay on Friday.

It will be her maiden performance in Singapore, and the singer, who has been touring as the opening act for Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber, says she is thrilled to be able to do a full show to showcase her second and latest album, Kiss (2012).

She says: “Opening spots are kind of like a teaser to what the full CD is like. So it’s exciting for us to get to show all of the songs from the album and we might even play a couple of new ones as well.”

Jepsen, a Canadian Idol runner-up in 2007, got her big international break last year when the Biebs tweeted about “Call Me Maybe” and posted a sing-along video on YouTube with Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and other friends, which later went viral.

The video received more than 60 million hits, propelling her to international fame by the time she released Kiss.

The star, who says she never tires of being asked about Bieber, says: “I’ve had an amazing adventure on Justin’s Believe Tour and he is totally one of my greatest supporters to date, so I don’t ever get tired of acknowledging that and also thanking him, because he really did change my life and my career.”

Before Bieber gave her a leg-up in her career, she was a struggling musician juggling eight minimum-wage jobs. She says her rocky road to stardom means she has learnt to appreciate fame and success more than others and that keeps her grounded.

“You see so many stars take off and you go, ‘Wow, that person’s so lucky’, and then three years later, you see them have a total mental breakdown and that seems so tragic.”

Jepsen, who is currently dating American songwriter and producer Matthew Koma, is in fact glad that she did not get her break earlier.

“It wasn’t like I was 13. I was of the age where I felt I had gone through the hard work of trying music and having it totally not work and realising how hard it was, that made me really appreciate what happened this past year.”

The “one-hit wonder” tag is one she is working hard to avoid. Her next album will offer new material that is “dancier … and even slightly folk”, she says. She counts singer-songwriters such as James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge and Sinead O’Connor as some of her favourite acts.

One of the biggest lessons she has learnt on her musical journey is learning to accept that it is okay for life to sometimes spin a little out of control.

“When I was little, I used to be super stressed out about schooling and wanting my life to be as perfect as I could try to make it,” says the self-professed perfectionist, a trait she chalks down to being a “school principal’s daughter”.

“Now I’m learning how awesome imperfection can be, to embrace imperfections and to be okay with life being a little chaotic, because it can still be really fun.”

This was originally published in The Straits Times on May 18, 2013. Read the article in full here.