It’s been an interesting several years for Canadian indie pop breakout Carly Rae Jepsen, whose 2012 major label debut, Kiss, and its ubiquitous lead single, “Call Me Maybe,” made her an international pop sensation and radio staple. With 2015 followup, Emotion, however, Jepsen really flexed her artistry and settled into a more substantive, adventurous sound, gaining an older (read: not exclusively teen pop), cult audience and earning widespread critical accolades, finding a sound, style, and perception that lands her somewhere in the overlap of huge, radio-primed dance pop, classic ’80s and ’90s pop icon sensibility, and trendy, synth-drenched modern art pop, accessible enough for casual radio listeners, dance-primed and flamboyant enough to attract a cult queer following, and cool enough to draw praise from outlets, artists, and events that don’t normally gravitate towards mainstream pop singers.
The result has seen Jepsen’s run enter a bit of an initial transition phase, soon earning her a renewed wave of attention and acclaim as Emotion has found its audience, so it’s no surprise that for her latest tour, Carly Rae upgrades from her prior Nashville headlining debut of three years ago at Cannery Ballroom, to the legendary and perfectly-suited halls of The Ryman Auditorium, when she returns to town tonight, July 7, in support of her excellent new LP, Dedicated, which continues to channel the same synthy, catchy, artsy, and earnest pop of Emotion, and is, already, one of our favorite records of the 2019. Tickets to the singer’s much-anticipated Music City stop are still available right here while they last, and Australian indie/electronic trio Mansionair are set to support- don’t miss out!
Carly Rae Jepsen and Mansionair will perform tonight, July 7 at The Ryman Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $31-56.