Bubbly Breakthrough

Colbie Caillat headed to Fraze next week

Though the title of Colbie Caillat’s sophomore album, Breakthrough, has nothing to 
do with how her career took off, the 
word literally defines her path to fame.

Raised in L.A., the self-described beach girl and “lazy teenager” started writing and recording songs just for fun. A friend told her about MySpace and made her a page so she could post her tunes and six months later, she was MySpace’s number one unsigned artist, getting 50,000 plays a day.

Labels came calling. Her first single, “Bubbly,” became so huge, it carried her maiden album, 2007’s Coco, to a top five debut on Billboard magazine’s Top 200 album chart.

Sure, MySpace sensations are common these days, but when one considers how many would-be stars are now seeking that route to renown, breaking through is still an impressive feat—especially when you’re not even trying.

“It was just, like, a hobby,” Caillat confessed during an interview that takes place in quintessential California mode: while she’s driving. Though she recorded with a real producer, 
Mikal Blue, who was a friend of her father’s, she never scheduled or paid for studio time; never advertised or campaigned for adds to fans’ MySpace pages. The ultimate irony, though, is that, as the beautiful, talented daughter of rock royalty — her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours — she might have been able to hook herself up with a record deal anytime she wanted. She just never needed to.

Two million discs and six million single downloads later, the pressure was on to prove that success wasn’t a fluke. But Caillat’s sunny voice, matter-of-fact subject matter and ability to co-write easily with hitmakers — and a little help from Dad, who co-produced- helped turn Breakthrough into another winner. “Fallin’ For You” is already a hit, propelled by a super-cute video co-starring Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan as a clumsy, opposite-of-hot guy whose goofy humor and bumbling attempts to woo her are so adorable, he wins the willowy blonde over in the end.

That video and her naturalness in it, belies another irony about Caillat: Until recently, performing live terrified her.

“When I was young, I wasn’t completely chubby, but I was definitely, like, thicker,” she revealed. “It made me shy. Like, being uncomfortable in my own skin and that really just stayed with me all through high school, through everything.”

She admits she got so scared before live performances, she would literally cry. Breakthrough is about getting over that fear.

“I had this little breakdown where I was so stressed about the work that was to come for this new record and I didn’t know if I was ready to handle it,” Caillat says. “I just remember telling myself, I can’t feel sorry for myself anymore. I just turned 24. Get over it. Everyone has fears and insecurities in life and you just have to work on things every day to break through them. And so I would challenge myself. I learned how to have fun with things and not take myself too seriously. And the last tour I went on a few weeks ago in Europe, I didn’t want to come home. I had so much fun.”

Colbie Caillat will open for Sheryl Crow Tuesday, June 15 at 8 p.m. at the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. The concert is sold out. For additional information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.fraze.com

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