Showing posts with label Colbie Caillat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colbie Caillat. Show all posts

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Presenters Colbie Caillat and Mick Fleetwood walk onstage during the pre-telecast of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010. Photo by: Danny Moloshok


Colbie Caillat and Mick Fleetwood present Taylor Swift with her very first Grammy Award and also her second.  View the clips here:
Grammy #1 | Grammy #2

Stevie and Taylor will duet later tonight on the main televised show... Should be good!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


With Mick Fleetwood and Colbie Caillat set to present awards in the pre-telecast Grammy awards ceremony this Sunday, and with Stevie Nicks being reported as a "surprise" performer on the big show... I'm sure Ken, Mick and Stevie will get a chance to see one another that night...


Singer COLBIE CAILLAT reduced her producer father KEN to tears when she asked him to attend Sunday's (31Jan10) Grammy Awards as her date.

Ken Caillat is no stranger to the music industry, having produced Fleetwood MAC's 1977 album Rumours, but he was so flattered when his pop star daughter invited him to the prestigious event, he struggled to contain his emotions.

She tells People magazine, "He's really excited about it. He's been involved with this record and my music career the entire time, so I just knew it would mean a lot to him.
"He got all teary-eyed when I asked him to be my date. It was so cute!"

But Caillat, who is nominated for four Grammys including Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakthrough, admits she has an ulterior motive - she wants her dad to boost her self esteem if her nerves get the better of her.

She adds, "I'm sure (on the night) he'll remind me of how great I am. You know how parents are!"
The 52nd Grammy Awards will take place at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

COLBIE CAILLAT, takes inspiration from FLEETWOOD MAC

Rumours of Colbie Caillat's talent are totally true

For millions of fans, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours provided a soundtrack to the late 1970s. Topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, it is regarded as a rock milestone.

But, to the young Colbie Caillat, who wasn't even born when the album was made in 1977, Rumours was just a batch of songs that had something to do with her father and his mates.

Ken Caillat was in the producer's chair for many of the classic Fleetwood Mac albums of the 1970s and 1980s, including Rumours.

And Colbie, the younger of Ken's daughters, grew accustomed to the sight of Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks in her California home.

'When I was younger, I didn't know Fleetwood Mac were such a big deal,' says Colbie, 24. 'They would come to our place and hang out, and Dad sometimes took me along to the studio.

'I remember going to Mick Fleetwood's house in Hawaii and taking a ride on a boat owned by John McVie. I once borrowed a jacket that Stevie Nicks wore to the Grammys.'

As she got older, Colbie - now a fast-rising singer-songwriter in her own right - began to appreciate the reputation of Fleetwood Mac and the legacy of Rumours, an album recorded in a drug-addled haze of romantic discord and disintegration.

'It's only now that I'm starting to get the full story,' she says. 'But all the intrigue adds to the legend of that band.

'People liked Rumours because it was real and honest. The group were singing songs about their love interests, their affairs and even the drugs.'

A bright-eyed, all-American girl, Colbie says she learnt a lot from Fleetwood Mac. Sensible enough to have avoided drugs - she unwinds with nothing more than a cold beer - she admires the veteran band for their songcraft.

'On Rumours every song had its place. That's the kind of record I want to make. I wouldn't put my name on an album with two good tracks plus a load of filler.'

Caillat (the name rhymes with ballet) is already on the way to achieving her goal. Her first album Coco, released two years ago, sold two million copies in her homeland.

Titled after her childhood nickname, its progress was helped by a major hit single in Bubbly.

Now she hopes to build on her U.S. success by cracking Britain. Her second album Breakthrough, out next month, is a step in the right direction: its mellow, acoustic-based songs are perfect for balmy, late summer days.

Colbie, who sports a floral tattoo on her arm, tells me her laid-back style is a natural consequence of a childhood spent on the Malibu shore.

'It was always warm and sunny, and that's where my outlook comes from,' she says.
Although Fleetwood Mac are an influence, Colbie began singing aged 11 after hearing the Fugees' 'beautiful' version of Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly With His Song.

But, while she did well in school talent contests, her father told her that having a great voice wasn't enough: if she wanted to make a living out of music, she was going to have to write her own songs. With that in mind, she began piano and guitar lessons.

She penned her first song at 19 and, prompted by a friend, set up a MySpace site to make her material available online.

At first, nothing much happened. But after she added Bubbly, the reaction was spectacular.

'I was suddenly getting 50,000 hits a day,' she says, still incredulous. 'Within six months, I had become the number one unsigned artist on MySpace.'

Not for long, though. Impressed by her internet profile, the major labels were quickly on her trail.

A deal with Universal followed, and Colbie soon found herself on the road with college rockers The Goo Goo Dolls and singer-songwriter John Mayer, one of her idols.

'I got noticed because of the fans I picked up on MySpace,' she says. 'The record labels used to go to clubs to scout for new bands. Now, thanks to the internet, fans can choose who they want to be signed.

'I had nothing, no real foundation, when I put my songs online. I was lucky in that my fans found me and ultimately liked what they heard.'

For Coco, Colbie stayed true to the rough-and-ready spirit of the songs that first got her noticed. With Breakthrough, though, she has changed tack. Written in Hawaii and recorded in Los Angeles, it is a more considered affair.

'My first album was a raw collection,' she says. 'I'd write a song and put it on MySpace the same day. Those songs eventually ended up on the first album. With Breakthrough, I opened up to different kinds of music. I worked with five different producers.'

Now, having conquered the internet and the U.S, Colbie is touring again, with UK shows planned for next year.

'Having fans on MySpace is great, but there's something unreal about it,' she says. 'Seeing people at a show is much better. I'm starting to feel more comfortable on stage.'

Monday, August 17, 2009


Caillat has more going for her than simple naiveté.
New York Daily News

She has a talent for (co-)writing melodies that recall a light and lost period in pop.

Even more so than the songs on “Coco,” those on “Breakthrough” beam with a sheen that brings to mind California pop of the ’70s. At the high end, that means Fleetwood Mac. On the low, Firefall.

The former has real resonance for Caillat (pronounced kal-LAY). Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Mac classics like “Rumours” and “Tusk,” and also put in key dial-turning work on his kid’s disk.

Small wonder sunlight seems to dance off these tunes, much as it did in the most sheer work of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie.

In “Fallin’ for You” the miniaturized guitar hook that caps the chorus might have slinked right off any song on “Rumours.” In “Begin Again,” the acoustic guitars dance gaily around the tune, while the piano tinkles.