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November 9, 2012

'Call Me Maybe' star opens for Justin Bieber

Carly Rae Jepsen admitted that she felt a little uneasy when she stepped on stage for her first night opening for Justin Bieber on that teen star’s fall arena tour. It was, after all, her first time performing in such a large venue.

“It was a one song of nerves on the first night, the very first song, where I’m like oh my goodness, how’s this going to be?” Jepsen said in a phone interview recently. “Then it went right back to feeling like home again. I don’t know, it’s funny, you can kind of be a bigger and louder and a more excited version of everything in arenas like that. It’s really kind of satisfying and the biggest thrill and the biggest rush that I’ve ever experienced in my life. And it’s a good thing. I want to keep doing it. I can’t wait for the next show and the next one. I just want to keep trying to make it better and better.”

If Jepsen’s immediate future is anything like her preceding year, she’ll have her chances to keep playing arenas and improving her live show. Tomorrow, she joins Bieber on stage at the TD Bank Boston Garden.

Jepsen, of course, rocketed into the spotlight earlier this year with the chart-topping single “Call Me Maybe.” Now her first American CD, “Kiss,” is out and “Good Time,” her collaboration with Owl City, recently cracked the top 10 on the “Billboard” magazine Hot 100 singles chart and gave her another shot of momentum. It’s quite a whirlwind for this singer, who at this time last year, was still largely unknown outside of her native Canada. She was, though, not a fresh-faced newcomer to music, even at that point.

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