The Busch Gardens LIVE concert series is back. The park’s stage heats up with performances from some of the most recognizable names in pop and rock. Join us to kick off the summer with performances by Colbie Caillat on July 23-24 at the Royal Palace Theatre.
The first true myspace.com discovery, Colbie Caillat is one of the brightest new artists to emerge on to the pop music scene. The launch of her third full-length album All of You has been highly anticipated with the successful release of her first two singles I Do and Brighter than the Sun.
“All of You is a more advanced version of me,” Colbie explains on her Facebook page. “I like to keep my music acoustic, sunny and optimistic. These songs still have the bright feeling and California vibe I love. But they’re also songs that I write from my experiences.”
The most significant of those experiences involves her relationship with Justin Young. The two had worked together for years, with Justin singing backup at her shows. Then, as she sings in Brighter than the Sun, “this is how it starts – lightning strikes the heart.” “He was in my band for two years before we noticed that we like each other,” she says, laughing. “I wrote most of this album is about us, our ups and downs. All the songs are about life experiences, so I guess this record is more grown up, with a somewhat wiser perspective.”
Perhaps the most revealing song is the title track. Written by Colbie with Jason Reeves, it addresses the subject of love built on such a strong foundation of friendship and empathy that it’s able to overcome even the pain of betrayal.
“I didn’t hold back for fear of being embarrassed over what people would think of my writing or the person I’m writing about,” she says. “I didn’t hold back from anything because I think people need to be more honest and open in every situation instead of keeping secrets or hiding their true selves. That’s the concept of this whole record.”
Colbie Caillat Stats:
- Born on May 28, 1985 in Malibu, California
- Proficient in playing the guitar, ukulele and piano
- Two Grammy Awards – 2010 Album of the Year as a featured artist on Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ album; 2010 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the duet with Jason Mraz, called "Lucky," on his album, ‘We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things’
- Recently performed the national anthem in the season opener game of the National Football League in New Orleans and at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway
- Her relationship with her band member boyfriend inspired her “All of You” album.
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