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Colbie Caillat ready to move onward -- and upward

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Colbie Caillat says that her last studio album, 2011's "All of You," was "probably my favorite record that I've done so far" -- which somewhat mitigates its commercial performance.

Sales for the set paled before its two predecessors -- 2007's "Coco" went double-platinum, 2009's "Breakthrough" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- tough singles such as "I Never Told You" and "I Do" were certified gold. Caillat went on to make a holiday album, "Christmas in the Sand," last year, and she says she's still as proud of the "All of You" material as anything else in her repertoire.

"I love that record," Caillat, 27, says. "I wrote about the ups and downs of the relationship I was in and how much it really changes you as a person and how challenging or how wonderful things can be in relationships and in life. It was a nice feeling to know that it translated well to those people who like my music.

"It didn't (sell) amazing but it did OK, and I think there's so much else that goes into it. It's hard to master all the parts that go into having a massive record. That's still a challenge everyone has to face and learn from and try to motivate you for the next one."

Caillat says she's "already started to write" for her next album; she also has a new song, "We Both Know," on the soundtrack of "Safe Haven" that she co-wrote with Gavin DeGraw. But Caillat isn't putting any timeline on herself this time.

"Like I do for every record I'll write a bunch of songs and then it comes to narrowing it down and deciding which songs are gonnna have to stay off the record," says Caillat, who's also formed a production company with Reeves and Mikal Blue called CocoBlueJay to discover and develop new artists. "I don't know when it's going to come out, so it's not a rush thing. I'm just going to take my time on it."

Colbie Caillat performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $33-$45. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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