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Carly Rae Jepsen
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“I got a reputation for that on Idol,” she giggles, sheepishly. “I‘m a stubborn girl. And it caused some headaches.”
It was during a post-finalé dinner with the band and musical director that the 22 year-old Mission, BC native was quietly told, “It was challenging, but you’re a true musician, because you know what you want.”
One year down the line, a vindicated Carly comments, “You gotta push to get what you want, but as long as you do it politely and treat people well, there’s no wrong in that.”
Indeed. Carly is endlessly polite as she pursues what she wants, not to mention effervescent, levelheaded, and unpretentious. But pursuing what she wants seems to be an essential part of her DNA. The real Carly Rae Jepsen was destined for a career in music with or without the chicken run we lovingly call Canadian Idol – which in any event was no more than a passing challenge suggested to her by an old high school teacher. Carly was, by her own admission, “skeptical”. She figured she’d use the free trip to Toronto as a way to find work.
With Carly’s debut Tug Of War, one gets the sense we’re hearing an album that would have shimmered into existence with or without the blue-lit over-exposure native to a nationwide talent contest. As Carly points out - without a hint of self-aggrandizement - there can’t be too many Idol-survivors whose first album contains nine self-penned originals.
Or for that matter, nine self-penned originals that are quite this good. Jepsen's unfussy debut plays like a middle passage through the stealth pop gloss of Nelly Furtado and the more adult concerns of Feist, whom Carly adores. Her childhood diet of James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, and Van Morrison serves her well on Tug Of War, from the smartly built, double-edged title track, to the sense of drama that invigorates the record’s centrepiece, “Sweet Talker”. Canada has already been exposed to Carly’s sensibilities through a nimble, sparkling cover of John Denver’s “Sunshine” (providing plenty of musicians with a forehead-slapping “Why didn’t I think of that first?” moment), but her intuitive grasp of simplicity as a musical force in and of itself is total, and it informs the entire album. In short, Tug Of War is a million miles away from the bubblegum factory.
But if you really knew Carly, you wouldn’t be surprised. This is the Carly who scored a bartending job at Vancouver's Media Club by singing to the manager; who instituted a still-running acoustic night at a local coffee shop; and who was in the midst of assembling a swing band when opportunity sent a certain TV show knocking. And it’s the Carly who raves about Cat Power’s The Greatest, sighing, “Eat your heart out with a bottle of wine. It’s awful. But wonderful. It’s wonderfully awful, but hurts in the best way.”
In other words, the Idolatory seems almost irrelevant now, when you stack it beside the self-possessed natural, triple-threat beauty, and all-round heart-melter who still cries at concerts because she loves music first and foremost, who found the perfect foil in producer Ryan Stewart, who took aggressive charge of the career she was always built for, and who emerged with an album that vibrates with the possibilities of the long arc ahead.
Tug Of War is no less than the album Carly Rae Jepsen wanted to make. And that’s all that need be said in the end. Although she should probably have the last word.
“I want to play good music that lasts a lifetime. You don’t need to be known by everybody. You just reach out to the people who feel what you’re doing, you know?
Spoken, as somebody once said, like a true musician.
Austin Mahone: It's becoming more common for the next generation of musicians to be discovered on Myspace and Youtube, but one that stands out from the rest is Austin Mahone. While comparisons between the 15 year old Texas native and Justin Bieber have been made, Austin is actually a huge fan of Justin's and his first few YouTube hits were covers of "Never Say Never" and "One Time." Austin Mahone's melodic, ranging voice transfers well between pop, hip hop, and country, and his raw talent is paving the way for an extremely promising career.
If you haven't yet heard of Austin Mahone, chances are you've already seen him on YouTube: That's him with the sweet voice, backwards hat, and pukka shell necklace. Austin uploaded his first video on YouTube, a cover of Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never", in 2010 which was quickly followed by his rendition of Chris Brown's "With You." While the singer said he is greatly inspired by both Bieber and Brown, his vocal range and teen heartthrob persona have set him apart from his idols, and his potential has caused many to believe that he could surpass them.
In addition to star quality vocals, the artist is also getting pretty good at the guitar and piano, as seen in recent videos. While thousands of Mahomies are eagerly waiting for Austin Mahone to be signed to a label, they are watching new YouTube videos, chatting with Austin on Ustream, and following his Twitter. Austin Mahone hasn't performed a proper concert yet, but you can bet that when he does it will be the start of an excellent career.
Owl City: It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Adam Young - the brainchild behind the synthpop project Owl City - was professionally loading trucks in Minnesota. Owl City is characterized by a bold new electronica style that features motivated beats and an ethereal air. The multi-instrumentalist has been lighting up the electronica scene since the release of his first major label album, Ocean Eyes, in 2009. While watching just one man playing music on a machine would get tedious, Owl City has a band joining Young onstage for tour dates that have become more and more popular each month. With the momentum that Owl City has made recently, anticipation for Young's newest album and tour dates has reached a fever pitch. All Things Bright and Beautiful is set to release on June 14, while Owl City has a number of 2011 concert dates set to begin the day before.
Adam Young was born on July 5, 1986, in Owatonna, Minnesota. Living in his parents' basement, the devout Christian had a number of small jobs before he developed a case of insomnia from loading trucks. Looking to occupy the lonely hours, Young began experimenting with different styles of electronic music. Adam began posting the songs he created onto his MySpace page; the tracks soon became hugely popular, prompting the artist to independently record and release the EP, Of June, in 2007 and the full album, Maybe I'm Dreaming, in 2008. The albums were a surprise success, with Of June reaching #20 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, and Maybe I'm Dreaming reaching #16.
The popularity of the albums caught the eye of record label Universal Republic, which quickly signed the artist/project. Owl City's major label debut came in 2009 with the release of Ocean Eyes. The album has become a huge commercial success since its release, thanks largely in part to the monumental single, "Fireflies". The album features guest vocals from Chinese electronic artist Yuan, as well as the singing talents of Relient K singer Matthew Thiessen. The album did amazingly on music charts worldwide, but nowhere more so than in the US, reaching #8 on Billboard's 200 and #1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic, Top Rock, and Alternative Albums charts.
Fans can't wait to see what Adam Young has in store for them on Owl City's newest release, All Things Bright and Beautiful. They also can't wait to see Owl City on its summer tour dates, alongside fellow musicians Unwed Sailor and Matt Kearney. The 2011 concert dates will begin a day before the album's release, June 13, in Nashville. Tour dates will primarily travel through major Eastern U.S. cities, with limited stops in western states like Denver, Oregon, Texas, and California. The last tour date will be on July 30 in Adam Young's native state of Minnesota; St. Paul to be exact. Since the 2011 tour dates don't quite last two months, and the tour is only making stops in larger cities, fans should check for tickets soon to catch Owl City in their area.