Grammy Winner Colbie Caillat to Perform in Concert April 24 at Southeast

Photo of Colbie Caillat's "Coco" album cover

Grammy Winner Colbie Caillat will perform a concert at 8 p.m. April 24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 24, 2010 – The Student Activities Council (SAC) at Southeast Missouri State University in association with River Campus Productions will present Grammy Winner Colbie Caillat in concert at 8 p.m. April 24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.  Tickets go on sale for students at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 29, at the River Campus Box Office. Tickets go on sale to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 29, on Metrotix.com and at all Metrotix outlets. Tickets are $27.50, $32.50 and $37.50. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted.

Student SAC Advantage tickets are only available at the River Campus Box Office, located at 518 S. Fountain Street. River Campus Box Office hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information on the event, contact Joanna Shaver at (573) 651-2280 or the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265.

Caillat’s dusky vocals, acoustic guitar and her homespun music resonate with listeners. Since her nearly double platinum debut album “CoCo,” Caillat’s impact has been so pervasive that USA Today declared her a vital part of “a new wave of troubadours luring fans of all ages into a peaceful, easy feeling.”

As Caillat told USA Today, “[my] songs are optimistic and bright. I grew up in southern California and Hawaii. The lifestyle was laid back and I listened to mellow, positive music, like Bob Marley and Jack Johnson. So I think that’s all inside me. I’m happy, and that gets expressed in my music.”

Caillat’s “CoCo – Deluxe Edition” includes 12 tracks originally featured on “CoCo,” along with nine additional recordings. Highlights include three new Caillat tunes, “Older,” “Circles” and “Something Special;” alternate takes on her breakthrough hit “Bubbly” and “Magic,” and live versions of two songs originally performed by two of Caillat’s favorite artists: Lauryn Hill’s lovely “Tell Him” and Bob Marley’s sultry “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

“CoCo –Deluxe Edition” features two special collaborations: Marley’s legendary backing band, The Wailers, duet with Caillat on a lilting, reggae remake of the Dusty Springfield classic “Brand New Me,” and Colombian superstar Juanes joins Caillat on her remake of his “Hoy Me Voy.”

Caillat’s newest album, “Breakthrough, is a follow-up to her highly successful debut release, “Coco.” Production credits for “Breakthrough” were split between John Shanks — who is known for his work with strong female artists like Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morissette and the Wreckers – and Ken Caillat, best known for his work on one of the top-selling albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and also Colbie’s father. Both Shanks and Ken Caillat recorded basic tracks with a band playing live in the studio while Colbie Caillat sang along in the vocal booth. On her sophomore album, “Breakthrough,” Colbie Caillat has shaken up her sound, bringing in a wider array of producers and players, and significantly picking up the tempo at times from her debut effort’s signature ballads.

 Colbie Caillat is known for her honesty and lack of pretense, and she has an intense desire to create a body of work that resonates from the first note to the last.

“I hate having to change an album because you don’t like that song or you want to go to the next,” she says. “I want someone to just be able to put the album on and listen all the way through.”

She is one of the brightest new artists to emerge in the last few years, thanks to her discovery on mspace.com. She became a sensation on this site after friends suggested she upload her songs to her page.

Her talent began developing at a young age. She sang “Killing Me Softly” in a sixth grade talent show and, during her late teens, began focusing on songwriting.  She discovered an innate talent for observing and capturing significant moments. She also discovered two great collaborators in producer/songwriter Blue and singer/songwriter Jason Reeves. Together, they crafted the songs on “Coco.”

“CoCo” debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart and remained in the top 20 of the chart more than half a year after the CD’s release. “Bubbly” spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and four weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart. “Bubbly” also has been certified platinum; signaling sales of more than 2.6 million downloads. Second single “Realize,” about a friend, who was secretly in love with Colbie Caillat, was also a huge hit. The third single, “Little Things,” is following with the same success.

Since the album’s debut, she has been constantly on the road in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. She’s alternated between headlining her own sold-out concerts and opening for such artists as John Mayer, one of her major influences.

When she’s not on stage, she enjoys writing with her guitar in hand. Caillat already has a number of songs ready for her next full length album, and she promises they will reflect the amazing journey she continues to take.