Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Jepsen honed her songwriting skills with a guitar her parents gave her and, in 2007, decided to pursue her burgeoning interest in music by auditioning for the fifth season of the reality television competition Canadian Idol. Jepsen said that she shares her parents' interest in folk music as a result of her upbringing. She placed third in the show and was part of the Canadian Idol Top 3 concert tour. After the conclusion of the tour, Jepsen returned to British Columbia to focus on writing, recording popular songs. In 2011, she released the single "Call Me Maybe" which reached number one in 18 countries during 2012 and was the year's best-selling single worldwide, thus establishing herself as a pop star.