GRAMMY-winning artist Colbie Caillat was the featured guest for a recent installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Caillat discussed her Top 5 hit "Bubbly," songwriting and working with her father, GRAMMY-winning producer Ken Caillat, among other topics. Following the discussion, Caillat performed a brief set including "Brighter Than The Sun" from her most recent release, All Of You.
"I'm most proud of 'Bubbly' because I sat in my bedroom and it just came out," said Caillat. "I really can't explain how it came out, it's one of those songs that I wrote in like 20 [or] 30 minutes. It felt so good to sing, and once I wrote it I just wanted to keep playing it all the time."
A Southern California native, Caillat began taking vocal lessons at age 11 after being inspired by GRAMMY winner Lauryn Hill's performance in Sister Act 2. She eventually forged relationships with producer Mikal Blue, who recruited her to sing on several techno tracks being used for fashion runway shows, and songwriter Jason Reeves. With the help of Blue and Reeves, Caillat posted several unfinished tracks on Myspace, eventually landing her the position of number one unsigned artist for four months straight when she posted her first hit single "Bubbly," which garnered more than 14 million plays. Following her Myspace success, Caillat landed a record deal with Universal Republic and released her debut album, Coco, in 2007. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and featured "Bubbly," which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her sophomore effort, Breakthrough, followed in 2009 and topped the Billboard 200, spawning the hits "Fallin' For You" and "I Never Told You." That same year, Caillat earned her first GRAMMY for appearing on the title track to Taylor Swift's GRAMMY-winning Album Of The Year Fearless, and second for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "Lucky" featuring Jason Mraz. Her most recent release, All Of You, was released in 2011 and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Top 50 hits "Brighter Than The Sun" and "I Do."
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Reel To Reel: The Beatles' Yellow Submarine (May 29), An Evening With Loudon Wainwright III (May 30), Reel To Reel: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 5), The Drop: Brandi Carlile (June 11), and Making Rumours: The Inside Story Of The Classic Fleetwood Mac Album — A Conversation With Ken Caillat (June 12).
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