Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat (9:15 PM)

Thu, July 14, 2011

8:30 pm

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Colbie Caillat - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Colbie Caillat
Listening to All of You, the third and most intriguing release from Colbie Caillat, is like
turning a page of a book you’ve savored for two chapters only to be surprised and
delighted by what awaits in Chapter 3.
This is, first of all, definitely and unmistakably a Caillat gem. Those qualities that
burst from the first notes of her 2007 debut Coco like bouquets of sonic joy, and flowered
in 2009’s Breakthrough, emanate from every track on All of You. But now they bloom
with a richness of emotion and insight that comes only when a gifted artist can channel
lessons learned into her music.
Think about it: Coco debuted at No. 5 and raced its way past the multi-Platinum
barrier. Her first single, “Bubbly,” caught a generation’s imagination and has become one
of the best-selling digital tracks of all time. Billboard took note by naming Caillat its
Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Fittingly, Breakthrough broke at No. 1 and was honored
with two Grammy nominations; that same year, Colbie won two Grammys for her
collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift. She has sung the national anthem on
the kickoff to the 2011 NFL season and performed at the Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo.
She and her original music have been featured in commercials for cotton and in ABC
Family Channel’s “25 Days of Christmas,” whose theme song she wrote and arranged.
Her embrace has stretched to include work for honorable causes including the Surfrider
Foundation, Save the Music and the Humane Society, for which she has recently become
a spokesperson.
Yet all of this was achieved by an artist just beginning to stretch her wings. Even
as her music and disarming personality warmed listeners like a sunrise over the Western
horizon, she continued to enjoy life’s adventures. All of these, especially a new love,
have invested All of You with a depth that signifies an important forward step.
“All of You is a more advanced version of me,” Colbie explains. “I like to keep
my music acoustic, sunny and optimistic. These songs still have the bright feeling and
California vibe I love. But they’re also songs that I write from my experiences.”
The most significant of those experiences involves her relationship with Justin
Young. The two had worked together for years, with Justin singing backup at her shows.
Then, as she sings in “Brighter Than the Sun,” “this is how it starts – lightning strikes the
heart.” “He was in my band for two years before we noticed that we like each other,” she
says, laughing. “I wrote most of this album about us, our ups and downs. All the songs
are about life experiences, so I guess this record is more grown up, with a somewhat
wiser perspective.”
That wisdom shows in “Shadow,” which she and Justin wrote about a friend not
getting what she deserves from her boyfriend. It’s there too, in a different way, in the
playfulness of the album’s first single, “I Do,” written by Colbie and Toby Gad. Set to an
infectious, finger-snapping beat, it dances around the hallowed marital vow – all the way
to an unexpectedly sweet, teasing finale.
“When we had video treatments for ‘I Do’ come in from directors, everyone
wanted to do a wedding scene,” Colbie says. “But it’s not about getting married, it’s
about saying ‘I love you.’ Really, it’s another song about Justin, about wanting to say ‘I
love you’ to someone and still picture yourself growing older with them.”
Colbie’s escalating finesse as a writer and singer in no way diminishes the
positive spirit that’s at the core of her creativity. But All of You spreads that spirit wider
than ever, from the gleeful overlay of styles in “Favorite Song,” written and performed by
Colbie, Ryan Tedder and the rapper Common, to the subtle country flavoring of “In
Stereo and the flamenco-inflected “Brighter Than the Sun,” which kicks off All of Me
with a full blast of beach-party energy and a lyric about being love-struck at first glance.
“I usually like to start my albums by easing my way in,” she says. “But ‘Brighter
Than the Sun’ has a punch. It’s so up-tempo and happy. My manager actually requested
that it be No. 1, and he was right. This song is awesome because it just gets people started
right away and interested in what’s next. A different instrument leads into each part of the
song. It never stays the same, which keeps listeners wanting to hear what’s next.”
Similarly, “What If,” also featured in the film Letters to Juliet, suggests that first
loves, whether real or fantasy, can stir feelings that endure for years. “I’ve done it and I
know we all do it,” Colbie admits. “You see someone from afar or you just meet them,
and they look like the person you’ve always imagined. You start putting their last name
as yours, like you do in high school; you write the boy’s last name as yours on your
notebook. It’s a funny, cute thing when you’re daydreaming. But you still wonder, what
if we were meant for each other? What if we were born to be together?’”
Perhaps the most revealing song is the title track. Written by Colbie with Jason
Reeves, it addresses the subject of love built on such a strong foundation of friendship
and empathy that it’s able to overcome even the pain of betrayal. “I didn’t hold back for
fear of being embarrassed over what people would think of my writing or the person I’m
writing about,” she says. “I didn’t hold back from anything because I think people need
to be more honest and open in every situation instead of keeping secrets or hiding their
true selves. That’s the concept of this whole record.”
Working with five producers and a cross-section of creative musicians, Colbie
turns All of You into a self-portrait in multiple dimensions. But unlike many artists,
seasoned as well as young, she demonstrates here that she has balance as well as a taste
for pushing toward new territories. In a way she has never revealed before, she opens
herself while also pointing toward where she is going in these 14 original songs.
“They say when you write your first songs, you don’t have expectations,” she
reflects. “I just wrote the songs on Coco for fun with my friend Jason Reeves at home.
With Breakthrough, there was a fine line of wanting to open your mind up to people’s
suggestions while also staying true to who I am and what I want. Honestly, I don’t take
the business as seriously as that on All of You. This is just more me than anything I’ve
done.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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