Two-time Grammy winning, singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat will release her first album of holiday music, Christmas in the Sand, on October 23 on Republic Records.
The Malibu-born, platinum recording artist brings her easy going rhythms and breezy style to Christmas in the Sand which features four original Christmas songs including the humorous, mid-tempo title track written by Caillat, Jason Reeves and Kara DioGuardi. Caillat also recorded classics like “Merry Christmas Baby,” featuring Brad Paisley on vocals and guitar and “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” featuring Gavin DeGraw on vocals. Grammy winning producer, Ken Caillat, who is Colbie’s dad, produced the album.
“I have so many warm and sunny memories of Christmas, literally and figuratively. Christmas means family, tradition, and the spirit of giving and sharing, but when you grow up in California, it can also mean sunshine and a beach day!” says Colbie. “I wanted to share all these wonderful feelings with my fans. It’s an album I’ve always wanted to make and was it was more gratifying having made it with my dad.”
It was while she was on vacation on a small island in Bali that Colbie picked the songs to record for this record. “I was staying in this tiny hut,” she said. “It was beautiful and sunny and the people were warm and wonderful. But I spent a lot of time listening to Christmas songs – and picked the ones I love to sing most of all. It was perfect for an album called Christmas in the Sand.”
Other originals on the album are ”Mistletoe,” (written by Colbie Caillat, Stacy Blue and Mikal Blue), “Everyday is Christmas,” (written by Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves and Kara DioGuardi) and “Happy Christmas,” (written by Colbie Caillat and Toby Gad.)
When Colbie returned from Bali and before heading out on the road for her hugely successful co-headlining summer tour with DeGraw, she and her father, recorded Christmas in the Sand at The Village recording studio in Los Angeles.
Caillat’s first album Coco debuted at No. 5 and raced its way past the multi-Platinum barrier. Her first single, “Bubbly,” caught a generation’s imagination and has become one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time. Billboard took note by naming Caillat its Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Her second album Breakthrough broke at No. 1 and was honored with two Grammy nominations; that same year, Colbie won two Grammys for her collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift.
Her most recent album All of You netted Caillat her sixth platinum single in “Brighter Than the Sun” and a gold single for “I Do”. It was Album of the Week at the NY Post and received rave reviews, with People magazine saying it “brings on the glow of Summer.”
“Brighter Than the Sun” was featured in more than 20 films, tv shows and commercials. Caillat and her original music were featured in the Cotton campaign. She also wrote and arranged ABC Family Channel’s “25 Days of Christmas,” two years ago.
Her embrace has stretched to include work for honorable causes including the Surfrider Foundation, Save the Music, Farm Sanctuary, and the Humane Society of the U.S.