Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen is Australia-bound – and after two years of being locked away due to the global pandemic, she’s ready to go for an adventure.
This will be the 37-year-old’s first visit since 2019 and she knows exactly where she’s going first.
“I’m so pumped. My memories of the last time that we were there about three years ago was just some of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. So I always say I’m ready for more,” she tells 9Honey Celebrity via Zoom.
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“First thing I’m gonna do, I’m just going to try to convince some bandmates to go across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with me again. Last time we got such a high from it,” she smiles.
“I think my drummer still won’t talk to me about the fact that I made him do it with me because he peed his pants with fear, but he was a good sport. So I’ll ask the other bandmates if they’ll come with me because I don’t think he’ll say yes. But I’m going!”
However, it won’t be all play, no work as Jepsen, who will be on our shores for her The So Nice Tour, which takes place in March 2023.
The last time she was here for her Dedicated Tour in 2019, the singer sold out every single show nationwide. And her 2023 tour is fast selling out as well – two shows are already sold out, so today organisers Frontier Touring announced another Sydney show.
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“It’s very touching. I actually was really blown away by that news,” Jepsen tells us of the new show. “I think especially after being away for so long away, I feel like I’m very, very excited that we get to do two shows [in Sydney], for sure.”
Jepsen will be performing songs from her new album, The Loneliest Time, which she worked on during lockdown. Although most tracks on her latest offering are about her experience during the pandemic, Jepsen wrote about feeling alone in general as being a solo artist can often be isolating, she says. So inspired was the singer, she wrote 100 songs for the album, but ultimately only 13 tracks made the cut.
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“I definitely used the time to ask myself some tough questions and really try to look and take stock of my life, where I was at with things, and really make some hopefully positive changes,” she recalls. “I think the writing of this album even wasn’t a little bit of an exploration of what that relationship was.”
“My loneliness was, for me, throughout the years of being a touring artist, and not just because of COVID and because of lockdown, but just some of the choices I had made in romance and in kind of priorities,” she explains.
“So it was really lovely to almost therapeutically get to write through some of these subject matters and make it sometimes really honest and sometimes really campy and silly and theatrical. It was fun to play with different energies around the same sort of subject matter of loneliness.”
And of course, on her upcoming tour, Jepsen will belt out her hit single, Call Me Maybe, which this year marks 10 years since its release. The song went on to become a number-one hit in 18 countries and, as of October 2022, it has been streamed 900 million times on Spotify.
“It’s wild, it’s crazy. I mean, in terms of the little song that could, that’s definitely how I view that song,” she says. “I never really understood when we were writing it, but it was going to be such a life-changing, game-changing day for me. And it really has been just an adventure – a roller coaster of a ride.”
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“So I’m very excited even when we get to play it live still today – it’s just a bit of a highlight. I’m not ashamed to say, it’s just fun to see the joy that it brings to other people. I would think that I would be tired of it and I’m not, actually, just because it’s a little nostalgic moment of the set and I do enjoy it.”
And next year, Jepsen will celebrate 15 years since her debut self-titled album, Carlie.
“It’s a hard career to get to have any stability in, I think. And I’ve been very lucky. I’m aware of my luck in it,” she says.
“Because when you look at the fans that we have, they’re so supportive and they’re so lovely and so loyal, and it’s just been such a journey that I think has only been made possible because of them. So I feel extremely grateful to still be here doing what I love.”
Visit Frontier Touring for tickets to Carly Rae Jepsen’s This is So Nice Tour.