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Colbie Caillat

By age 21, vocalist Colbie Caillat had evolved swiftly from an aspiring R&B/folk singer to a pop sensation, a feat that owed as much to the marketing assistance of MySpace as the meteoric popularity of her debut single, "Bubbly." Caillat's childhood was spent in Malibu and Ventura County with her father, Ken Caillat, an established audio engineer who helped produce Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tusk. Songs were often mixed at the console in her Malibu beach house, filling the corridors with the sounds of Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, and other '80s pop/rock staples. Caillat took piano lessons as a child, but lacked significant inspiration until she turned 11 years old and became enthralled with Lauryn Hill's performance in Sister Act 2. Immediately realizing that she wanted to be a singer, she started taking vocal lessons and soon met Mikal Blue, a producer who had previously worked with Five for Fighting and Carrie Underwood. Blue hired her to sing on several techno songs that were to be used in runway models' shows, and the two cultivated a professional relationship. At 19, Caillat picked up an acoustic guitar, and the two recorded the first song she composed. As the collaboration thickened, Jason Reeves entered the picture and lent his artistic know-how to the songwriter's developing skills. Caillat wrote the basic melodies, often composing in her bathroom due to the reverb-heavy acoustics, and would then receive artistic input from Blue and Reeves. She posted several of her finished songs on MySpace, although little response was generated until Caillat uploaded a breezy, hook-laden track named "Bubbly." As word of mouth spread, her MySpace page began pulling in a few thousand hits a day; after she had accumulated 6,240 friends, Rolling Stone highlighted her as one of the top female artists on the networking site. For four months, Colbie Caillat was MySpace's number one unsigned artist, garnering over 14 million plays in the process. With such an appealing statistic on her résumé, record labels began courting the photogenic singer, and she signed to Universal Republic as her number of online friends surpassed the 100,000 mark. In July 2007, Caillat made her major-label debut with Coco, a summertime record suitable for both the coffeehouse and the beach. "Bubbly" topped the singles charts in several formats, transforming the singer from an Internet sensation to a mainstream presence. Coco spun off two additional singles while climbing to double-platinum status, and Caillat celebrated her star success by duetting with Jason Mraz, touring with John Mayer, and collaborating with Taylor Swift. Two years after Coco's release, she returned with a second record, Breakthrough, and scored another Top 40 hit with "Fallin' for You." The album went gold and was followed two years later by All of You, another summery collection of pop songs written with the likes of Ryan Tedder, Toby Gad, and "Bubbly" co-writer Jason Reeves. "Brighter Than the Sun," the second single pulled from the album, was the record's biggest hit, topping Billboard's Adult Contemporary charts (it peaked at 47 on the Hot 100). Caillat released the holiday album Christmas in the Sand in the fall of 2012; the album reached number four on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums and 41 on the Billboard 200. Caillat began work on her next album in 2013, with the first fruit of her labor, "Hold On," appearing in November 2013. An EP called Gypsy Heart: Side A showed up in June 2014 and, as that title suggests, it was the first half of a full-length album called Gypsy Heart, which was released in September 2014. Produced in part by Babyface, the album was a conscious shift to poppier, radio-friendly material. The album debuted at 17 on Billboard's Top 200 and its biggest single, "Try," peaked at six on their adult contemporary chart. Caillat parted ways with Republic Records after Gypsy Heart and formed her own label, PlummyLou, with the intent of releasing The Malibu Sessions. Recorded prior to Gypsy Heart but rejected by Republic, The Malibu Sessions reconnected Caillat to her beachy sound, and saw release in October of 2016. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Stations Featuring
Colbie Caillat

    Kids Christmas

    Kids Christmas
    3 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    Oldies Holiday
    8 songs

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    4 songs

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    5 songs

    Female Focus

    6 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Colbie Caillat

Top Songs by
Colbie Caillat

  1.   Song
  2.   Bubbly
  3.   Fallin' For You
  4.   Realize
  5.   The Christmas Song
  6.   Winter Wonderland
  7.   Try
  8.   Silver Bells
  9.   Baby It's Cold Outside
  10.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by Auld Lang Syne Humm Choir
  11.   Brighter Than the Sun
  12.   Santa Baby
  13.   Mistletoe
  14.   Merry Christmas Baby
  15.   I Do
  16.   Every Day Is Christmas
  17.   Oxygen
  18.   I Never Told You
  19.   The Little Things
  20.   Begin Again
  21.   Happy Christmas
  22.   Christmas in the Sand by Auld Lang Syne Humm Choir
  23.   Never Gonna Let You Down
  24.   Goldmine
  25.   Kiss the Girl
  26.   Magic
  27.   Tailor Made
  28.   Don't Wanna Love You
  29.   What Means the Most
  30.   Hold Your Head High
  31.   Out of My Mind
  32.   I Won't
  33.   Battle
  34.   Fearless
  35.   Now
  36.   Gypsy Heart
  37.   Like Tomorrow Never Comes
  38.   If You Love Me Let Me Go
  39.   Blaze
  40.   When the Darkness Comes
  41.   Auld Lang Syne
  42.   Tied Down
  43.   Never Got Away
  44.   Cruisin'
  45.   In Love Again
  46.   Bigger Love
  47.   Live It Up
  48.   Shadow
  49.   What I Wanted to Say
  50.   Break Through
  51.   Dreams Collide
  52.   Turn Your Lights Down Low
  53.   Midnight Bottle
  54.   Feelings Show
  55.   Capri
  56.   Runnin
  57.   Good Thing
  58.   Only You
  59.   Never Getting Over You
  60.   Break Free
  61.   Floodgates
  62.   Nice Guys
  63.   Land Called Far Away
  64.   Just Like That
  65.   Think Good Thoughts
  66.   Make It Rain
  67.   Like Yesterday
  68.   Favorite Song by Common
  69.   Dream Life, Life
  70.   Before I Let You Go
  71.   All of You
  72.   Brand New Me
  73.   Stay with Me
  74.   Don't Hold Me Down
  75.   Breakin' at the Cracks
  76.   Rainbow
  77.   You Got Me
  78.   Somethin' Special
  79.   Tell Him
  80.   One Fine Wire
  81.   It Stops Today
  82.   Never Let You Go
  83.   Droplets
  84.   Runnin' Around
  85.   Circles
  86.   What If