Colbie Marie Caillat (born May 28, 1985) is an American pop singer-songwriter and guitarist from Malibu, California. She debuted in 2007 with Coco, which included hit singles "Bubbly", "Realize", and "The Little Things". In 2008, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, "Lucky", which won a Grammy. Caillat released her second album, Breakthrough, in August 2009.
On December 2, 2009, Breakthrough was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards. She was also nominated twice for Best Pop Collaboration, for her featured vocals on Jason Mraz's "Lucky" and her background vocals and writing on Taylor Swift's "Breathe", and was part of the group that won Album of the Year for her background vocals and writing on Taylor Swift's "Fearless".
Caillat was born in Newbury Park, California and grew up in Malibu, California. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979) albums. Producer Mikal Blue hired a teenaged Caillat to sing on background techno music to be used for fashion shows. Caillat began writing songs with Blue in 2004.
The popularity of Caillat's MySpace profile led her to become the number-one unsigned singer in her genre for four consecutive months. Her debut single was "Bubbly" and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Pop 100. "Bubbly" also reached #58 in the UK Singles Chart in September 2008 after 11 months in the chart. Two other singles followed, "Realize" (#20, Hot 100) and "The Little Things" (#94, Pop 100).
In May 2008, Caillat recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, called "Lucky," on his album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. The same month, Caillat recorded a cover of the song "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid for Disney's DisneyMania vol. 6 CD. 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 August 2008, Caillat released a song and video for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics called "Somethin' Special" and released another music video for her song "The Little Things" for the U.S. market. Caillat also sings on "You" by Schiller and appears in the music video. Colbie has been involved in the soundtrack of the movie Imagine That; she and Mikal Blue cover the George Harrison 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", and despite not being released as a single yet, the song has received a lot of airplay in Brazil. Caillat provided background vocals and co-wrote with Taylor Swift, for Swift's song called "Breathe", on her album, Fearless, which was released November 11, 2008. Caillat released a French version of "The Little Things" ("Ces petits riens") as a single.
Caillat has a second album, entitled Breakthrough, released on August 21, 2009 in Germany, August 24 in the rest of Europe and a day after that in the US. The new CD features world renowned guitarist David Becker on two tracks. Becker has worked with the singer's father Ken on several of his own recordings. The first single from Breakthrough, "Fallin' for You", was released on June 29, 2009. On August 4, 2009 the album was made available to pre-order through iTunes with the bonus song "Hold Your Head High". This configuration also comes with a reggae version of "Begin Again". During "Breakthrough" Colbie had a writer's block so she went to her friends, Kara Dioguardi, Jason Reeves and they went to Hawaii for three weeks. They had a beach house and wrote songs about love and breakups. Caillat also has plans to release two Christmas songs for the 2009 holiday season, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby." She and collaborator Stacy Blue, who co-wrote Caillat's 2007 holiday single "Mistletoe," are also planning to write some new Christmas songs. Veronica comics released an issue with her as guest star.
Colbie tells Broken Records Magazine in Volume 1 Issue 3 that "she is so honored to be recognized as BMI's songwriter of the year and it is an amazing accomplishment that I never expected!" Getting to travel the world and play my songs has to be one of the best jobs in the world".
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