Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff was a guitarist and drummer in the indie rock band Fun. He was previously the lead singer of the indie rock band Steel Train (DAMN! We miss that band!). Aside from his work with Bleachers and Fun, Antonoff has worked as a songwriter and record producer with various artists, including Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Chicks, Clairo and Troye Sivan.
Antonoff has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won five Grammy Awards, two for his work with Fun, two for production on Taylor Swift’s albums 1989 and Folklore, and one with St. Vincent for co-writing the title track on Masseduction. He also started his own music festival, Shadow of The City, which takes place annually in New Jersey.
Canadian songstress Carly Rae Jepsen made her break when she placed third on Canadian Idol. In 2008, Jepsen released her folk-influenced debut studio album, ‘Tug of War,’ in Canada.
Jepsen’s breakthrough came in 2012, when her single “Call Me Maybe” achieved significant mainstream popularity; the song was the best-selling single of that year, reaching number one in 18 countries. As a result, she was signed to a joint worldwide record deal with School Boy Records and Interscope Records. Jepsen’s second studio album, ‘Kiss,’ was released later that year. It marked a greater shift into mainstream pop music and saw fair commercial success, reaching the top ten in Canada and the United States.
In 2014, Jepsen made her Broadway stage debut as the titular character in Cinderella. The following year, she released her third studio album, ‘Emotion.’ It is noted for its influence from 1980s music as well as for blending dance-pop and synth-pop with indie sensibilities. While less commercially successful than Kiss, it saw the success of its lead single, “I Really Like You”, and received critical acclaim. In 2016 Jepsen performed in the television special Grease: Live and lent her voice to the animated film Ballerina. Her fourth studio album, ‘Dedicated,‘ was released on May 17, 2019, along with a follow-up titled ‘Dedicated Side B’ was distributed a year later.
Jepsen has received multiple accolades, including three Juno Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an Allan Slaight Award, in addition to various nominations for Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Polaris Music Prize and People’s Choice Awards. Carly has sold more than 25 million records worldwide.