Carly Rae Jepsen was greeted by many excited patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last week. This was Carly’s first visit to a RSF studio and while visiting she took the time to answer a lot of patient questions and sing! The patients interviewed Carly and got to learn about her musical journey up until this point. Carly, who was 7 years old when she first performed on stage, sang "Beauty and the Beast" while her dad played guitar. It was not until she was 17 years old that she purchased her first guitar and learned how to play the basic chords. Once she learned how to play, the first song she wrote was a love letter to her crush. Carly was always performing in a variety bands (one was a swing dancing band) and was always playing music when not working at the local coffee shop. Carly’s parents and family are very important to her. Both of her parents are teachers and are both very musical and encouraged her to follow her dreams at an early age. Carly also talked about her first real big break…Canadian Idol. Canadian Idol is just like American Idol but takes place in Canada. During her time on the show (she placed 3rd) she was living in a mansion with her fellow contestants. She let the patients in on a little secret… before she would go on stage she would always listen to Corine Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On” for motivation. After Carly sang the chorus to “Call Me Maybe” she talked about what inspires her when she is writing songs. Most of her songs, she explained, come from listening to the people around her. In fact, she has written three songs based on conversations about one of her friend’s love life! When the patients asked Carly what she likes to do when she was not performing she said that she loves reading and baking. She loves being in the recording studio so much though, that she will often spend as much time there as possible. Carly is still deciding on what her next single will be. She is a little nervous about all the attention that has been put on this album (because it is all so new for her) but is very excited to continue to do what she loves! The patients at CHOP were so happy to spend time with Carly and we thank her for stopping by and hanging out!