By Chris Mellides
Widely known for her platinum-selling breakout single, “Call Me Maybe,” which in 2012 topped the charts at No. 1 in 18 countries, Canadian singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen continues to write and record as she tours the U.S.
On Saturday, Jepsen is scheduled to bring her show to The Paramount with supporting act Cardiknox, a New York-based pop rock duo. Jepsen is expected to perform song selections from her latest record “Emotion,” which was released last year.
Driven by her unyielding appreciation for pop music and performing live, the 30-year-old vocalist stirred waves in her native country in 2007 after appearing on season 5 of “Canadian Idol,” a televised reality competition based on the British show “Pop Idol.”
Jepsen placed third in the competition and went on to independently release her debut full length, “Tug Of War,” the following year. The record grabbed the attention of listeners and critics alike, and included the song “Sweet Talker”, which she previously performed at her first Canadian Idol audition.
In 2011, Jepsen began recording new material for her second record and co-wrote “Call Me Maybe,” which was released in Canada during the fall of that year.
The success of the single put the brakes on the release of “Kiss,” her sophomore LP, and by the time it dropped in 2012, Jepsen was riding high on the popularity of her successful single.
The singer’s third album, “Emotion,” was met with positive reviews with material that draws a heavy influence from ‘80s pop and rock songs.
The songwriting that went into the album produced over a hundred songs, according to Jepsen, who in a statement expressed her confliction when narrowing the selection down to just a dozen tracks.
In the end, Jepsen says that the payoff for her is putting out music that she loves and connecting with her listeners.
“So much of why I love those ’80s pop songs has to do with their timelessness, and the way you can so easily fit them into your own life,” she said. “As much as all the songs on ‘Emotion’ are personal to me, I really just want everyone to let them be their songs, their emotions.”
She added, “The best feeling to me is that we can all share the same stories, even if we don’t know each other.”
To catch Carly Rae Jepsen at The Paramount on Saturday, tickets can be purchased at the box office or from paramountny.com for $22-$45. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show is slated for 8 p.m.