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Sunday
Sep162012

Carly Rae Jepsen Says James Taylor Songs Were Her "Bedtime Stories"

604/Schoolboy/Interscope RecordsCarly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is a pure pop confection, but she says her greatest musical influence is a guy known for his sensitive songwriting and acoustic guitar playing: James Taylor.

Speaking to Spin magazine, Carly says, "I think James was the main guy that I grew up listening to...It's kind of hilarious, because my father used to play me all of his songs before bed at night. It was sort of my bedtime stories. I grew up thinking James Taylor looked like my father. Whenever I heard his songs, I'd always picture my father's face."

Carly laughs, "I remember going to my first James Taylor concert and being really thrown by the fact that he looked so different than I imagined all these years."

So how did James' music directly affect Carly?  She explains, "I think the way I form my lyrics is really constructed around the storytelling aspects that James offered in all of his songs."

In addition to James Taylor, Carly says her other musical influences include Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor.

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