Posted On 13 Oct 2016
On Tuesday, October 11th, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat treated a sold out crowd at LA’s 1,200-seat, outdoor amphitheater, the John Anson Ford Amphitheater to an hour and a half of sweet melodic tunes off her newest sixth studio album, “Malibu Sessions.” This sunny collection was just released last week under her own independent record label, PlummyLou Records.
It was indeed quite the listening experience as the audience was delighted to learn a lot about the making of the album and fun stories about Colbie’s upbringing in between each song. There was also plenty of audience engagement with the performer throughout the brisk evening.
“I’ve never done an acoustic tour and it’s my favorite way to perform, so that was something really exciting about this tour,” says Caillat. “Not only that I get to have my best friends and fiancé out there with me but that we get to do it very stripped down.”
Before jumping into playing the album beginning to end, Colbie explained how “Malibu Sessions” was recorded and why it was finally released now.
She explained how she spent two months living in a beach house in Malibu with several of her collaborators, including fiancé Justin Young, sister Morgan Caillat Stockmeir, producer John Shanks, frequent co-writer and High Dive Heart member, Jason Reeves and all of their families. They spent every day writing and recording music in the house, walking on the beach and enjoying Malibu cuisine.
“It was an experience I always wanted when I was making an album, because normally you have to drive in traffic in L.A. and it’s stressful and the sessions weren’t as fun,” the singer tells Rolling Stone Country. “But for this, we lived there and we’d wake up, record, go walk the beach, eat lunch, go record again. . . It was such a great experience.”
Joined on stage by High Dive Heart married duo, Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy, musician Justin Kawika Young , Colbie breezed through “Malibu Sessions.” Songs like “Goldmine”, “Cruisin”, “Runnin”, “Never Got Away” were particularly well received. Caillat mentioned to the crowd that the group listened to a lot of Paul Simon, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkle during the making of this album. This was clearly heard in each of the songs.
After playing the entire collection, the group played a few of Colbie’s chart toppers like “Realize”, “Try”, “Bubbly” and “Lucky.” A highlight of the show was when an audience member holding a sign that read “My Dream is to Sing With Colbie Caillat” got to join all of them on stage and ultimately have her dream come true and sing with Colbie!
Check out our All Access interview with Colbie from last year here: https://music.allaccess.com/colbie-caillat-talks-gypsy-heart-working-with-babyface-biggest-inspirations-and-much-more/
Here’s our All Access interview with High Dive Heart here: https://www.allaccess.com/hot-modern-ac/10-questions/archive/23186/10-questions-with-high-dive-heart