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Colbie Caillat Talks New Album, Babyface, And Holiday Music

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This morning, Scott McKenzie and the Morning MIX announced that Colbie Caillat will be the special guest artist for the upcoming All I Want For Christmas Show- Pt. 2 starring the Backstreet Boys and Plain White T’s. The “Bubbly” pop star also happened to be on hand to speak with the Morning MIX as the show was announced, offering up fun Colbie Caillat facts including her height (5’9″) and the fact that she has no true preference as to which shoe she slips on first.

Caillat is the perfect special guest for the All I Want For Christmas Show series, having released just last year her very first holiday album, Christmas In The Sand, which ironically, was created during the summer months.

“Starting in January (2012), when I was actually in Bali playing a couple of songs, I was writing Christmas songs and practicing Christmas songs so that when I got home I could start recording it,” she said. “We recorded the whole album, cuz I was touring, spread out through the whole summer until fall when it came out.”

Joined by guest stars including Brad Paisley, Gavin DeGraw and Justin Young on the album, Caillat chose to once again keep things all in the family with producer Ken Caillat, who saw to it that production remained festive no matter what time of year it was.

“My dad produced it,” Caillat confided, “so whenever he would have the players come in the studio and whenever I’d go in and sing, he’d put up the decorations. He’d be like, ‘I want you guys to get into the spirit and pretend it’s December right now.’ I was like, ‘You’re cute Dad.’ He really enjoys producing and he makes it really fun for everyone.”

Caillat is currently putting finishing touches on her fourth studio album, currently planned for a spring 2014 release. As of yet, the project is still currently untitled, nor have any singles from the album been announced for release. And she’s keeping tight lipped on many details, stating, “It keeps changing, so now I’ve learned to shut my mouth.”

“It’s being pushed a little bit further [the release date] because we keep writing and we keep making these tweaks to just really perfect the album,” she shared. “I’ve learned to tell everyone it’s sometime in the spring. We’ll put a final date out at some point soon. It’s getting real close.”

Caillat described a recent songwriting session, giving a peek into her creative process. “Just two weeks ago I was writing with Babyface and Jason Reeves and we started a song from scratch and Jason had this guitar idea and then I had this chorus melody, and then Kenny had the verse melody, and then the other writer came up with the concept of the song,” she said. “Kara Dioguardi said it good. It’s like playing a game of ping pong…you just keep bouncing ideas off each other until its done. It’s a really fun process.”

When asked about referring to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds as Kenny, she offered up, “I don’t like saying Babyface all the time because I feel silly, like that’s not his name. But then I say Kenny and people are like, ‘Who are you talking about?’ And then I’m like, I guess I might as well say Babyface.”

Whatever you want to call him, Caillat is truly to have Babyface working with her on this project. “You know all the work he’s done. I’m so honored to be in a room with him,” she offered up. “It’s incredible. It’s crazy.”

Make sure to be there as Colbie Caillat joins the Backstreet Boys and Plain White T’s for the All I Want For Christmas Show- Part 2 on Tuesday, December 17th at the House of Blues. Click here for ticket information.


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