It’s fair to say that Colbie Caillat was raised in rock ’n’ roll.
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Malibu, Calif., is the daughter of producer Ken Caillat, best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac during the ’70s and ’80s. Not surprisingly, she recalls growing up in a house full of music — and musicians.
“Yeah, we had musician friends,” recalls Caillat, who released her debut album, “Coco” — which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart — in July. “I would always be at his record label, his company, meeting bands all the time. So (music) was always around.
“But I didn’t end up writing and playing guitar until I was focused and made myself do it. I wanted to go to the beach and hang out with my friends all the time.”
Caillat dedicated herself to music after a short stint at junior college and quickly became a MySpace success story. Thanks to her song “Bubbly,” she spent four months as the Web site’s No. 1 singer-songwriter, which translated into a following that’s scooped up nearly a quarter-million copies of “Coco” so far.
“My friend actually made a MySpace page for me about a year ago, ’cause I didn’t know how to do it,” Caillat recalls with a laugh. “He put my songs up there and added some friends for me from his page, then people started hearing them and adding them to their pages and it took off from there.
“A lot of people think I got noticed ’cause my dad’s in the industry, but it’s not that way and people know it now. It was ’cause of MySpace that people heard my songs. It was a great way to get them out there.”
Colbie Caillat and Trevor Hall perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 15) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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