California girl Colbie Caillat may be blond and bubbly, but this woman has got more brains and bravery than most artists her age in the business. Born into a musical family (her father co-produced Fleetwood Mac) Caillat has been working with producers and songwriters since she was a teenager. She began writing for herself in 2004 and released her debut single, “Bubbly,” in 2007 to critical acclaim.
Since then, she has written with Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Juanes and Jason Reeves. Caillat’s has been traveling the world to promote her second album which was released in 2009. The singer songwriter was named BMI’s Songwriter of the Year in 2009 and even won two GRAMMYs this year for her work with Taylor Swift’s and her duet with Jason Mraz. And now Caillat is continuing her ongoing success by embarking on a summer tour—appearing alongside other empowering women during Lilith Fair.
Caillat got the chance to get OurStage up to speed on her career, songwriting and feelings on Lilith Fair.
OS: You grew up in a very musical environment. How did that benefit you as an artist and help you get to where you are today?
CC: I was around music all the time, it was just natural for me. It was my dad’s business, just the same as if he had been a teacher, and I was in a classroom—only it was a musical classroom. So, I was always singing. In fact, one day when I was just visiting the studio one of the producers he worked with, Mikal Blue, heard me humming background vocals and he started using me to record on his music. Mikal eventually produced my first album, Coco. My dad, of course, made a huge contribution to my career by telling me that it was really important that I write my own songs.
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