Her most introspective body of work to date, The Loneliest Time expands on the emotionally potent songwriting and effervescent sound that Carly Rae Jepsen has showcased on past work like 2015’s critically lauded and culture-shaping E*MO*TION.
In bringing The Loneliest Time to life, Carly Rae Jepsen worked with collaborators Tavish Crowe, Rostam Batmanglij (who helmed production on lead single “Western Wind”), Bullion, Captain Cuts, John Hill, Kyle Shearer, and Alex Hope among others.
After the multi-platinum Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter released her critically acclaimed album E*MO*TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted. The album also inspired an abundance of memes, extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe,” which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster.
Jepsen’s 2019 release Dedicated retained the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated had a more ’70s-inspired feel at times, though the album defies categorization as a whole. Working with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers, among them John Hill, Jack Antonoff, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe, Jepsen indulged in more sonic experimentation than she had in the past. Dedicated features the fan favorites “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “No Drug Like Me” and “Julien.”
Jepsen landed the lead role in the 2014 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and later starred as the iconic Pink Lady Frenchy in FOX's four-time Emmy award winning musical Grease: Live. Jepsen voiced the character of Odette in the animated movie LEAP!, which also featured Jepsen’s song “Cut To The Feeling.”