Updated September 13th
Colbie Caillat has announced a run of U.S. dates in support of her debut release, Coco.
Caillat will get things rolling with a trio of California shows: September 13 at Adventure Hornblower Yacht in San Diego, September 14 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana and September 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
The tour gets rolling in earnest October 9 at Park West in Chicago, and will hit clubs and theatres scattered across the country through early November.
Scheduled stops include the Grand Ballroom in New York City (October 12), St. Andrews Hall in Detroit (October 16), the Senator Theatre in Chico, Calif. (October 23), and the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Calif. (October 28).
Caillat will be joined near the end of her run by fellow singer / songwriter Brett Dennen, beginning November 1 at The Roxy in Boston. Other co-bill stops include Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vt. (November 3), the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (November 5), and The Fillmore - TLA in Philadelphia (November 7).
Tickets for some shows are available through Ticketmaster.
Caillat is something of an Internet phenom. The singer began posting her songs, including "Bubbly" and "Tailor Made," on her MySpace page last year and quickly became a sensation on the social networking site, scoring more than 10 million plays of her tracks.
A talent for music is something the 21-year-old Caillat comes by through genetics. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's legendary albums Rumors and Tusk and later ran his own record label.
"My dad was always producing and mixing and he has a console in our house," Caillat said. "All my dad's friends are in the business, so I've learned from them. Now that I'm in it, I can go to them and they have advice for me, so it's really cool."
Coco, the singer's first release, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in July, where it has continued to do well, besting new releases by 50 Cent and Kanye West.
According to the admittedly sketchy metrics of Myspace, 22-year-old singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat was once the site's most popular unsigned musician. But unlike fellow MySpace sweetheart Tila Tequila, Caillat can actually sing and, if the photos accompanying her major label debut, "Coco," are any indication, she prefers to remain fully clothed.
MySpace stars are usually clamorous creatures better suited to the pages of Maxim magazine than Billboard. It's a wonder Caillat broke through at all: "Coco" is the gentlest of albums, a wispy and amiable exercise in coffeehouse soul that draws equally from Carole King, John Mayer and, more to the point, Jack Johnson, who shares Caillat's love of mildly played, determinedly pleasant folk.
Caillat (the daughter of noted Fleetwood Mac co-producer Ken Caillat) is a warm-voiced and remarkable singer but often the clunkiest of songwriters. The simplicity and sweetness of "Coco's" best tracks (such as "Bubbly," which is powerfully and maybe purposefully reminiscent of Johnson's storied "Bubble Toes") too often gives way to innocuousness (as does the drippy closer, "Capri").
"Coco" is so dogged in its embrace of mid-tempo, diary-entry-style acoustic folk that even its ostensibly upbeat, R&B-inspired tracks threaten to induce a state of comalike mellowness familiar to stoners, surfers and anyone who's ever spent time at Lilith Fair. Caillat, whose air of laid-back chipperness threatens to reach dangerous, Matthew McConaughey levels, is in desperate need of a wizened co-writer and a producer capable of de-perkification. (Is Shelby Lynne available?) With a little seasoning and a judicious layer of grit, she'll be an artist to be reckoned with.
Colbie Caillat’s Debut Album ``COCO'' Hits #1 on iTunes within Hours of ReleaseUniversal Republic Records’ newcomer Colbie Caillat, who previously reigned as the #1 unsigned artist on myspace, has been officially anointed by the growing legion of music fans flocking to iTunes, with the singer/songwriter’s major label album debut, COCO, rocketing to the #1 spot of the coveted iTunes Album chart within hours of its July 17 release. The acclaimed album (‘She’s become the Norah Jones successor’ wrote USA Today) soared to the top spot of the music industry’s most popular entertainment destination in near-record time. Such rapid, multi-genre ascension of iTunes’ ultra-competitive chart (the site’s amazing growth now places it among the top 4 music retailers in the country) has quickly established the breathy vocalist as one of 2007’s breakthrough debut artists.
The album’s first single, “Bubbly,” has also climbed to the Top 20 of iTunes pop singles chart, becoming a top-requested hit across U.S. radio stations, and aptly showcasing Caillat’s dusky range and low key acoustic style. The video for the single was shot on location in Caillat’s home turf of Malibu, CA, as well as Santa Barbara, with the video being added to VH1 this week.
Hailed by one critic as ‘A balmy blend of folk and pop with hints of Nelly Furtado and yes, Fleetwood Mac,’ it was none other than Rolling Stone magazine who cited the laid-back singer just a few months ago as one of the music industry’s most promising unknown talents. Now the California native finds herself as one of the year’s most in-demand newcomers, opening along with the band Lifehouse for rock icons The Goo Goo Dolls on their U.S. tour – they appear in Holmdel NJ on July 20, and Wantagh NY at celebrated Jones Beach on July 21. The charismatic songwriter will also appear at a special Harry Potter related promotion for global book retailer Borders at their signature Time Warner Center location in NYC on the evening of July 20. Caillat will do a special live performance (as will Lifehouse) and also sign copies of her new CD, COCO.
Colbie is also featured this week in a number of special iTunes promotions, including prominent placing in their much buzzed about weekly newsletter. The CD sells for 7.99 on the site, with “Bubbly,” being named single of the week, entitling iTunes music customers to a free download of the popular song from now until the beginning of next week.
Colbie’s emergence as a force to be reckoned with in the digital social networking arena (the number of friends she accrued on her myspace site with no marketing arm behind her has topped more than 100,000) is further proof of the worldwide reach of new music ports such as myspace and iTunes, With COCO landing a Top 5 debut in New Zealand, and the singer being asked to perform in such far off locales as Australia, Germany, and the UK.
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