By Ivan Arevalo
Photo Credit: Andy Barron Photography
Carly Rae Jepsen brought lots of emotions to Terminal 5 on Friday, March 25th, 2016 when she made her second to last stop on her Gimme Love U.S. tour. The tour is in promotion of her third studio album entitled, “E-MO-TION,” that was released last June. Lines formed hours before the start of the show as fans anxiously waited in anticipation to see the Grammy-award nominated, multi-platinum selling artist. Concert-goers came from various states and countries expressing their love for Jepsen, covered in glitter and neon paint, wearing “Carly ‘BAE’ Jepsen” shirts and vibrant signs and tchotchkes to hold up during the show. Jepsen performed to a sold-out show.
Before the show, Jepsen held a meet and greet for fans where the “Call Me Maybe?” singer, opened up about some of her favorite tracks, her likes & inspirations, and even hints at a possible E-MO-TION 2.0.
A Conversation with Carly Rae Jepsen
How did you come up with the name “Favourite Colour” for your song?
CRJ: I don’t know! [laughs], I think I was just trying to describe intimacy to me, and the first thing that came to me was a colour, like I feel like I’m blended into somebody when it’s really right, and Baby Blue is my favorite color, so it kind of all worked out and we produced that song like six different ways before it landed where it landed, so I’m glad it made the album.
Who influences your sound at the moment?
CRJ: We’ve been doing this really lovely, late night bus jam, where all the boys in my band show me their favorite artist, and it’s almost just like a listening party, except that we all love, and I remember doing that when I was younger, all the time with my friends, and that’s how I discovered music the organic way, of what’s your favorite, my keyboardist, who also rocks the sax, showed me Leon Bridges, and I’m obsessed, like I wanna do mo-town songs, which makes no sense, but I loved it! [laughs] And we actually worked on this song last week, that was called “Tenderly” that was trying to just play off some of that old school sound, but I really love Christine and The Queens, when it comes to pop artist, she’s wrote a song called “Titled”, that was like killing it in Paris, right when I was spending some time there, so I came back to Los Angeles, and was just trying to show her to everybody and anybody, and I think today, over the last five years, it’s one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, so if you get a chance, go see Christine and The Queens!
What’s your favorite song right now?
CRJ: One of the Leon Bridge songs, would probably be, the one where he uses the word, Cutie Pie, what is that one? [sings ‘you’re a cutie pie’] I think it’s called, Brown Skin Girl, I think that’s what it’s called, and I just love the way someone pulled off the word, cutie pie, and made it sexy, somehow in the song and I’m just like “That’s genius!”
As she went around the crowd answering the audience’s questions, I felt as if it was my duty to get one burning question. What’s next?
What’s your favorite food?
CRJ: Well! I’m going to Japan! So I’m about to eat my weights worth in sushi, possibly my favorite food because you can eat as much as you like, and you don’t feel too bad!
Carly graciously and kindly thanks the audience for showing up early and being part of this quote-enquote amazing ride of a tour. She leaves the stage to prepare for an phenomenal performance.
Gimme Love Tour at Terminal 5, New York City
8:00 p.m. crept up on the packed venue as everyone was ready for the first opener to begin. Los Angeles based trio, Fairground Saints, took the stage to energize the crowd with a few original songs and a cover of the huge success, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber. Shortly after their performance, indie pop duo, Cardiknox, performed. The New York City group, was electrifying and delicious with their pop and synth sounds – captivated the audience, preparing them for Carly.
After Fairground Saints, and Cardiknox performed, the crowd grew anxious and excited for the show. Around 9:20, the lights went out and the beginning synth and drum loops began and built up to the beginning notes of ‘Run Away With Me’ on saxophone. The stage lit up blue, and Carly Rae Jepsen came out.
Gimme Love Tour Review
She performed on a 10/10 energy the entire night and had the entire venue dancing to her hits, such as “Emotion,””Boy Problems,” “Good Time,””Your Type,””All That,””Call Me Maybe,””I Really Like You,” and a new song off EMOTION Remixed + “Fever.”
I couldn’t help but to dance and sing to every song she performed. A moment was not wasted to step to every beat that came through the speakers – it’s not surprising finding yourself rubbing shoulders and singing words with strangers.
Here’s a clip of her performing the lead single off Emotion, “I Really Like You”
Carly Rae Jepsen rolled out for her encore with “Love Again”, which almost felt somewhat symbolistic. She mentioned before singing, “This song is about starting over” – could she had infact been hinting at a new album soon?
Overall, the audience was receptive, the musicians on stage proved themselves as deserving a spot in front of one of the hardest crowds in the world, New York City. I perhaps can’t tell what was better, her concert or having a conversation with Carly Rae Jepsen because both seemed like a perfect dream.