Two weeks shy of his 18th birthday, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber seems to have already stepped in the talent agent ring. Bieber heard the single 'Call Me Maybe' by a former Canadian Idol contestant and now she's been signed by his manager.
Her name is Carly Rae Jepsen and she is only 26, though of course at 18 Bieber already had a hit album in 'My World 2.0' a mega-hit song in Baby and had toured the world. Jepsen does have credentials herself though, in addition to releasing two albums and doing some touring in Canada, she placed third in the 2007 version of Canadian Idol - at the age of 21.
Justin Bieber: "She's gonna blow up"
Jepson, who along with her band is currently on the road as the warm-up act to the pop rock trio Hanson, was on the Canadian music show 'New. Music. Live.' (NML) on MuchMusic on Feb. 14, partly to talk about her second album, 'Curiosity', released that day, and partly to announce she signed to Scooter Braun's label 'Schoolboy Records'.
Braun is the manager of Justin Bieber and he was on the show via video hook-up to talk about his plans to work with Jepsen. He got a good laugh from the studio audience when he said "the last time I worked with a Canadian, it worked out really well." Meanwhile Bieber appeared on the show via a taped, video message and he, too, had good things to say about the young singer from Mission, B.C..
"When I was in Canada, I heard a song on the radio called 'Call Me Maybe,' and I thought it was a smash," Bieber said on the video. "So I started doing my research and stuff, and found out who it was. Her name is Carly Rae Jepsen, and I want everyone to know we signed her so everyone can check her out. She's gonna blow up."
Justin Bieber surprises Carly Rae Jepsen
Bieber also surprised Jepson by coming on Scooter Braun's live line and telling her that he was "excited for you to be able to come out to L.A. and work on your album." Jepsen was noticeably thrilled to hear the Never Say Never kid say that and, in fact, had trouble finding a response.
"I'm speechles," she said. "It's an exciting journey we're going on and I'm very grateful and very excited." There's no word on when she'll record in L.A..