By Janee Law
American pop singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat is set to bring good vibes to The Paramount on Oct. 23, when audience members will witness popular singles and new songs from her new album, “The Malibu Sessions.”
“We’re playing [‘The Malibu Sessions’] from start to finish and then I’m going to play some hits at the end, songs that people know and can sing along to,” Caillat, who released the album last Friday, said in an interview on Sunday. “It’s my first acoustic tour so it’s going to be a fun, intimate, and unique experience, a tour that I’ve never done before.”
Singing alongside her mother and sister in children’s theater since she was little, the Malibu, California native said that it wasn’t until she heard Lauryn Hill of The Fugees sing a version of “Killing Me Softly” that she decided to take singing seriously at 11 years old.
“That’s when I really started singing and wanted to take vocal lessons and sing at my first school talent show in sixth grade,” she said. “That’s what really did it for me.”
When Caillat, who’s also an acoustic guitarist, decided to put her music up on MySpace in 2006, it took off with fans, particularly the song “Bubbly.”
"I think at that time it was something relatable or just a different style of music that wasn’t out at the time but people gravitated towards that acoustic stripped down, very calm sound and that’s what ‘Bubbly’ had,” she said.
Now a two-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Caillat’s “Bubbly” and another fan favorite “Realize,” were included in the album “Coco,” which debuted in 2007.
Although, Caillat said she struggled with stage fright in the beginning of her career. Performing live wasn’t something she sought out.
“When my music was coming out, I really just wanted to write and record songs and I didn’t want to have to go on tour and perform,” she said. “Now, I really appreciate that my fans have stuck with me through the years and helped me grow as an artist. They’ve been so wonderful and kind in the audience to where I felt comfortable and I’ve wanted to come back and keep putting music out and going on tour. I really have grown to love it and I have to thank them for that.”
Caillat has sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide, with “Coco” hitting no. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. In addition, her gold-selling sophomore set “Breakthrough” landed at no. 1.
Caillat also volunteers her time as a spokesperson and supporter for many organizations, including ASPCA, Save The Music, Farm Sanctuary, and The Humane Society of the United States. She said her intention is to education people on animal cruelty and give a voice to the voiceless.
Caillat’s performance at The Paramount is slated to begin at 8 p.m. on Oct. 23, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$70 and are available at the box office, or at Paramountny.com.