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Carly Rae Jepsen: From Opening Act to Headliner

Image courtesy of ABC/TODD WAWRYCHUK (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/TODD WAWRYCHUK (via ABC News Radio)

Last year, Carly Rae Jepsen spent time touring the world's stadiums with Justin Bieber . This summer, she's out on her own, headlining shows from North America to Japan.  And she says it's what she learned last year that's allowed her to take it to the next level as far as touring is concerned.

"Before touring with Justin, I had been kind of playing more theater things and just kinda of gigs within Canada," Carly tells ABC News Radio. "I've toured a lot, and I've done, like, the...not-so-glamorous type of touring, so it was really fun to all of a sudden have a bus and be in these huge stadiums."  And those stadiums were an important part of learning stagecraft, according to Carly.

"Number one, I've learned how important it is to connect with that person in the back of the audience, just like they're that person in the front row," she explains. "Aand with a place that big, it takes a second to realize how to do that and how to make your movements and everything a little bit grander."

Earlier this week, Carly traveled back home to Canada for a show in Calgary, and tonight, she's playing another gig in Canada, at Quebec's massive Festival D'Ete [day TAY].  The 11-day blowout in Quebec City, which started July 4, features hundreds of performances by artists from every genre, from Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars to legendary Canadian rockers Rush .  Carly says in general, she loves returning to Canada for concerts, especially if they take place in or around her hometown of Mission, British Columbia.

"Going home is always exciting... for obvious reasons like getting to see family and friends, which is a rare thing, with the schedule being so packed," Carly says. "But there is something about a hometown show, because that's really where I learned to love music, that's where I saw my first shows -- the James Taylors and the Melissa Etheridges of the world -- and getting to play on the same stages it just feels really unbelievable."

Carly has dates booked through the end of September, and she's already started work on her next album.

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