Don Flood
Music started out as a hobby for singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat who has sold more than 1 million copies of her debut CD, "Coco."

Singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat couldn't say where she was.

"I think we're somewhere between Atlanta, Ga., and Milwaukee, Wis.," Caillat said during a phone interview.

Still, don't knock Caillat for that little lapse. The past year has been nothing but a whirlwind. It started with the release of her single "Bubbly" and the following months after the release of her debut album, "Coco."

"Bubbly" was a Top 10 hit reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Her follow-up single, "Realize," hit No. 20.

The album "Coco" landed at No. 5 on Billboard's 200 album chart and has sold more than 1 million copies, making it a certified platinum CD.

"At times I'm really excited that this is happening," she said. "But another part of me is scared of what's happening because, at the same time, it's all so overwhelming. And I still get scared getting up on stage.

"I think that's a goal of mine — to get rid of the stage fright."

Caillat has been interested in music since she was a toddler. Her father was producer Ken Caillat, who worked on Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" and "Tusk" albums. He has also worked with Billy Idol, Herbie Hancock, Frank Sinatra and Pat Benatar, to name a few.

"I remember being around the music," she said. "My parents had me take piano lessons when I was 14, but I didn't practice. I didn't like it that much.

"I remember my dad telling me that if I wanted to do anything in music when I got older, I had to learn how to play an instrument."

The younger Caillat's tune changed when she discovered the guitar at 19.

"The day of my first lesson, I went home and wrote a song with four-chords," she said. "That changed everything."

Caillat didn't think one of her songs ("Bubbly") would be named iTunes Store "Single of the Week."

"You know, it all started as a hobby, really," she said. "I had people tell me that I needed to play live, but I was too scared. And I never thought I would be going on tour and making successful songs."

She has been nominated for two Teen Choice Awards in 2008 and landed the John Mayer tour.

"Those things have been really helpful to me," she said. "I have been getting more comfortable playing for people. I think I would like to develop my piano playing, and I'm writing songs for a new album, but my ultimate goal is to continue developing as a musician."

If you go ...

What: John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen

Where: USANA Amphitheatre, 6200 West and 5400 South

When: Monday, 7 p.m.

How much: $31-$59

Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499

Web: www.smithstix.com


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