Alexandria Sightings – The sweet taste of Coco


Rod Stewart wasnt entirely correct in stating that some guys have all the luck. Some gals have a great bit of good fortune on their side as well.

Blessed with the gorgeous, girl-next-door looks of Jennifer Aniston, the laidback island spirit of Jack Johnson, and the earnest vocal styling of a young Sheryl Crow, 22-year-old cyberspace sensation Colbie Caillat, wholl be headlining at the Birchmere Music Hall this Saturday, Aug. 18, appears to be one of those fortunate few.

With more than 10 million plays of her music on MySpace, her top five ranking on the iTunes legal download charts, and live appearances on both Letterman and Leno this month, nothing short of divine intervention could be the explanation for the success of a performer who only seriously took up the guitar less than three years ago. 

However, Colbies father, Ken Caillat, whose award-winning production touch can be found on some of the biggest-selling albums over the past 30 years including Fleetwood Macs Rumors and Michael Jacksons Bad, might have contributed some genetic fingerprints that might help solve his daughters mainstream musical mystery.

While he was finished producing by the time I was born, Colbie Caillat explains from her Hamburg, Germany, hotel room during a break in her European promotional tour, my dad was the one that basically told me from a young age that I should learn to play an instrument and write my own songs Oh, how I wished Id listened to him earlier and been able to get into music sooner. Id be a lot further along in my playing.

Though her dad certainly had a technical hand in the creation of Coco, Caillats debut disc, whose title is derived from the singers childhood nickname, this emerging artist can point to more contemporary factors in the genesis of her unique blend of acoustic strumming and soulful harmonies.

I think growing up where I did, in both Southern California [Thousand Oaks] and Hawaii [the outer island of Kauai], factored into the underlying feel of my sound. Also, I listened to a lot of Bob Marley, John Mayer, and Lauren Hill, all of whom influenced me greatly, she said.

While its easy to envy someone whose career is on a meteoric rise with her debut single Bubbly earning heavy rotation on both VH1 and adult contemporary radio stations, this junior college dropout finds many aspects of her new life, while old hat to some, are difficult to adjust to. Even something as simple as performing on the main stage, after being the opening act for the Goo Goo Dolls and Lifehouse for most of this summer, can be a nerve-racking experience.

I had to hire a choreographer, not to teach me how to dance, but to just show me how to move around on stage and not just stand still, explained the singer.

Now I feel confident that I can walk around more, move my arms, and talk to the crowd. Its starting to be a really good feeling. 

Some girls have all the luck.