Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen was born in Mission, British Columbia, Canada on November 21, 1985. After graduating from the Heritage Park Secondary School, Jepsen began performing at a local cafe, in the nearby City of Vancouver. A few years later, in 2007, she performed as a contestant on the reality television show Canadian Idol. Jepsen's musical inspirations include pop singer Natalie Imbruglia, whose acclaimed 1997 song "Torn" was covered by Jepsen on Canadian Idol.