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Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat
Caillat on the red carpet at the 2009 American Music Awards
Background information
Birth name Colbie Marie Caillat
Born (1985-05-28) May 28, 1985 (age 30)
Malibu, California, United States
Origin Newbury Park, California, United States
Genres Pop, folk pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels Universal Republic, Republic

Colbie Marie Caillat (Listeni/ˈklbi kəˈl/; born May 28, 1985) is an American pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Malibu, California. She debuted in 2007 with Coco, which included hit singles "Bubbly" and "Realize". In 2008, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, "Lucky", which won a Grammy. Caillat released her second album, Breakthrough, in August 2009. Breakthrough was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. She was also part of the group that won Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammys for her background vocals and writing on Taylor Swift's Fearless album.

Caillat has sold over 6 million albums worldwide and over 10 million singles. In 2009, she was named Billboard magazine's 94th-best-selling music artist of the 2000–2009 decade.[1] In 2011, she released her third studio album, All of You. On October 23, 2012 she released her first Christmas album, Christmas in the Sand.

Life and career

Childhood and youth

Caillat was born in Malibu, California, and grew up in Newbury Park, California. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979) albums. When she was an infant, her parents gave her the nickname "Coco", which she would later name her debut album.[2] Caillat took piano lessons as a child, but lacked significant inspiration until she turned 11 years old, when she became enthralled with Lauryn Hill's performance in Sister Act 2.[3] She realized that she wanted to be a singer, and began taking vocal lessons, performing onstage for the first time in sixth grade.[4] Since then she has covered the Roberta Flack song "Killing Me Softly", which had previously been covered by Lauryn Hill, and Hill's own "Tell Him".

Caillat soon met producer Mikal Blue, who hired her to sing on techno songs used at fashion shows. Caillat began playing the acoustic guitar at age 19, and Blue helped her record her first song.[3] She auditioned for American Idol but was rejected at the pre-audition stage and was unable to sing for the judges.[5] The second time she auditioned for the show, she sang her own original song, "Bubbly", and was rejected once again. However, Caillat expressed gratitude at the judges' decision, saying "I was shy. I was nervous. I didn't look the greatest. I wasn't ready for it yet. I was glad, when I auditioned, that they said no."[6] The popularity of Caillat's MySpace profile led her to become the number-one unsigned singer in her genre for four consecutive months.[7]

2007–08: Coco

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Caillat performing at The Malibu Inn during the Coco Summer Tour, October 2007
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Caillat performing at The Malibu Inn, October 2007

Caillat's debut album, Coco was released in 2007. Her debut single "Bubbly" peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Pop 100. Two other singles followed, "Realize" (number 20, Hot 100) and "The Little Things" (number 94, Pop 100).[8] After touring with The Goo Goo Dolls and Lifehouse in 2007, she was the supporting act for John Mayer on his 2008 Summer Tour.

In 2008, Caillat recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, called "Lucky", on his album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.[9] In August 2008, Caillat released a song and video for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics called "Somethin' Special".[10] Caillat also sings on "You" by Schiller and appears in the music video. She has been involved in the soundtrack of the movie Imagine That; she and Mikal Blue cover the Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun". She is also featured in Colombian singer Juanes' album La vida... es un ratico (en vivo) in the song "Hoy Me Voy". In October 2008, the song "Midnight Bottle" was included in the soundtrack of Brazilian soap opera Três Irmãs (Three Sisters). She also played herself on this soap opera and performed the song. Caillat provided background vocals for and co-wrote Taylor Swift's song "Breathe", on her album, Fearless.

2009–10: Breakthrough

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Caillat performing at the Breakthrough World Tour

Caillat's second album, Breakthrough, was released in August 2009. Most of the album was co-written by Jason Reeves and features guitarist David Becker on two tracks. Becker has worked with Caillat's father Ken.[11] Caillat had writer's block during the recording sessions, so she enlisted her friends Kara DioGuardi and Jason Reeves, and they went to Hawaii for three weeks, rented a beach house and wrote songs. The first single from Breakthrough, "Fallin' for You", was released in June. The second single, "I Never Told You", was released in February 2010. Caillat released two Christmas songs for the 2009 holiday season: the standard "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and the Beach Boys song "Merry Christmas, Baby".[12]

Caillat was recognized as BMI's songwriter of the year. In July 2010, Caillat performed "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In September 2010, Caillat performed the national anthem in the season opener game of the National Football League in New Orleans and a Monday Night Football game in Chicago. In December 2010, Caillat performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. In 2010, Caillat visited the Watkins Glen, New York shelter of Farm Sanctuary, an organization she supports.[13]

2011–12: All of You and Christmas in the Sand

Caillat's third album, All of You, was released on July 6, 2011. The first single, "I Do" was released in February. The second single, "Brighter Than the Sun", was released in June.[14] Caillat performed an acoustic version of the National Anthem before the San Diego Chargers v Minnesota Vikings game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on September 11, 2011, during the day of remembrance for 9/11. Caillat performed "Brighter Than the Sun" on Disney Channel's Original Series So Random.

Caillat appeared in the third episode of the cancelled NBC television series The Playboy Club as 1960s singer Lesley Gore. In the episode broadcast on October 3, 2011, Caillat sang Gore's 1963 hit, "It's My Party".[15] Cast for the part in August 2011,[16] Caillat taped her portion of the episode in Chicago.[17] Caillat completed a Christmas album titled Christmas in the Sand that was released on October 23, 2012. The album features collaborations with Brad Paisley, Gavin DeGraw, Justin Young and Jason Reeves. She also began working on her fourth album, set to be released after her Christmas album. In mid-2012, it was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct; all other artists including Caillat moved from the label to Republic Records, thus reviving that label.[18]

2013-present: Gypsy Heart

Caillat and Gavin DeGraw wrote the song "We Both Know" together for the soundtrack of the 2013 film Safe Haven.[19][20] The song was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 2014 Grammys

Caillat sang the national anthem at the 3rd game of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 26, 2013. On November 6, 2013 she posted the single cover for her new song "Hold On" on Instagram. On her official page she announced that her new album would be released in 2014. On November 19, 2013, "Hold On" was released as the first single from the album. On June 9, 2014 she released the EP, Gypsy Heart (Side A) which included the song "Try".

Caillat co-wrote "Chasing the Sun" along with Jason Reeves and Toby Gad for Hilary Duff. The song was released as the first single for Duff's fifth album.[21]

Caillat penned a song for The Walking Dead Soundtrack Vol. 2 - Songs of Survival called "The Way I Was" which was included exclusively for the Walmart version of the soundtrack album.[22]

On June 9, 2014, Republic Records released "Try", written by Caillat, Babyface and Jason Reeves and was produced by Babyface. The song was released as her lead single on her fifth studio album, Gypsy Heart. Caillat says about "Try", "It's this song I've had in my head my entire life about personal insecurities, imperfections, self-confidence issue." The song hit number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of that year.

Personal life

Since 2009, Caillat has been in a relationship with singer Justin Young. The two got engaged in May 2015. [23]




  • 2008: Coco Summer Tour
  • 2008: Coco World Tour
  • 2009/2010: Breakthrough World Tour
  • 2011: All of You Summer Tour
  • 2014: Gypsy Heart Tour
  • 2015: Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Co-Headlining Tour With Christina Perri[24]


  • 2008: John Mayer 2008 Summer Tour
  • 2012: Co-Headlining Summer Tour with Gavin DeGraw


List of television and films credits
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Três Irmãs Herself
2009 Saturday Night Live Herself "Steve Martin/Jason Mraz" (Season 34, Episode 14)
2011 The Playboy Club Lesley Gore "An Act of Simple Duplicity" (Season 1, Episode 3)
2011 So Random! Herself "Colbie Caillat" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2011 Majors & Minors Herself/Mentor "One World - Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Fly Away" (Season 1, Episode 5)

Awards and nominations

Colbie Caillat awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Awards won 8
Nominations 19

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Caillat has won two awards from five nominations, including Album of the Year (as featured artist).

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Fearless (as featured artist of Taylor Swift) Album of the Year Won
"Lucky" (with Jason Mraz) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Won
"Breathe" (with Taylor Swift) Nominated
Breakthrough Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2014 "We Both Know" Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated

Others awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Nominated work
2008 Nominated American Music Awards T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist General
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakthrough Artist General
Nominated Choice Love Song "Bubbly"
Won Billboard Music Awards Rising Star General
2009 Won BMI Pop Awards Songwriter of the Year Colbie Caillat
Won Song of The Year "Bubbly"
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Hook Up "Lucky"
2010 Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Collaboration "Lucky"


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  14. ^ "Artisan News Service: Colbie Caillat Says New Album Is Just About Done". November 10, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Washington Examiner - Colbie Caillat on NBC's The Playboy Club". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  17. ^ " - Colbie Caillat on NBC's The Playboy Club as Leslie Gore". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  19. ^ Pajer, Nicole (November 28, 2012). "Gavin DeGraw & Colbie Caillat Add Song to Nicholas Sparks' 'Safe Haven'". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw Sing 'We Both Know': Listen". Billboard. December 12, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ Trakin, Ray (July 23, 2014). "Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Colbie Caillat’s “The Way I Was” From ‘The Walking Dead: Songs Of Survival, Vol. 2′: Idolator Premiere « Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Chiu, Melody (May 29, 2015). "Colbie Caillat Is Engaged to Justin Young". Time, Inc. 
  24. ^ "Christina Perri & Colbie Caillat Joint 2015 Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour Schedule". April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Billboard Rising Star Award
Succeeded by
Lady Gaga

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