California girl Caillat comes to McAninch stage

Colbie Caillat will perform on Aug. 29 at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.  |  Submitted
Colbie Caillat will perform on Aug. 29 at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. | Submitted

Cool California songstress Colbie Caillat comes to the College of DuPage, showcasing songs from her brand-new album.

The show is at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center. Caillat will perform songs from her new album “Gypsy Heart.”

“I’m so excited this album is out,” she said. “This album has been such a long process. It (has) been three years since my last record and I wrote so many songs for this album. Normally, you write a ton of songs for a record, but we actually recorded two full albums for this cycle. The first album had a different genre, basically. It was more acoustic; it had this Paul Simon ‘Graceland’ feel. It had weird instruments and crazy background vocals and (made) you want to, like, dance all over the beach. It was so much fun.

“And then I was done with the record and I just kept writing new songs with Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic fame). And we wrote these really cool pop songs that had a darker tone to them. And that made me want to keep writing even more. So, shoot, we had two totally different records.”

Working with legendary producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and songwriter David Hodges, she saved the very best from both records and the end product is “Gypsy Heart.”

“If you want to listen to a song at the beach, you can listen to that. If you want to go out and party with your friends here’s this up-tempo fun song,” she said.

One song that has particular meaning is the lead single “Try,” which is about being OK with who you are and what you look like.

“Before I got signed, I was a minimalist and simple. Then, as you are always on TV and doing photo shoots and are around people who always look amazing all the time, that becomes the norm and you have to keep up with that standard,” she said. “It is exhausting and I felt like that’s not who I wanted to be. It’s a song about owning who you are and the characteristics you have because other people are going to admire them and you don’t realize that. Every day the song helps me.”

With a new album comes a new stage production. For the first time, she has a light show, giant TV screens behind her and stage décor.

“I’ve never done a tour like this before,” she said. “I’m so excited.”

She and her team carefully crafted the concert, from how the stage should look to the fan giveaways to the set list.

“When I write a record and place a song order, I make sure every song has a really nice flow into the next, and that’s what I did for the set list,” she said. “Making sure they all had a cool, interesting way of going into the next song. It’s a next step up for me.”

Despite the polish, she prides herself on connecting with her fans on a personal level.

“Before I used to talk between every song and it didn’t have a nice flow to it,”

she said. “Now there are times I talk less. But I talk about ‘Try’ for like two minutes and bare all. Now it’s like giving them some music to jam to and then telling them about me and about the songs and finding a good balance.”

Colbie Caillat

Aug. 29

McAninch Arts Center, Fawell and Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn

Tickets, $65-$80

(630) 942-4000

atthemac.org

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