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Colbie Marie Caillat was born on May 28, 1985 in Newbury Park, CA. Her father was music producer Ken Caillat, who had previously worked with rock group Fleetwood Mac on their platinum-selling albums Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979). Music was a huge part of Caillat's life growing up, but it was upon hearing The Fugees' cover of "Killing Me Softly" (1996) at age 11 that she decided to become a singer. A huge fan of Fugees' vocalist Lauryn Hill, Caillat performed one of the singer's hits at her sixth grade talent show. She soon met producer Mikal Blue and sang background vocals for his electronic tracks used at fashion shows. Caillat auditioned twice for the reality competition series "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ), but was turned down both times. During her second audition, Caillat sang her original song "Bubbly," which would later become her breakout hit. While attending Thousand Oaks High School near her hometown, Caillat joined the social networking site MySpace.com. Her friends encouraged the aspiring singer to upload her own songs on her MySpace page, and by 2006, Caillat's popularity on the site - she was the No. 1 singer in the acoustic genre for four consecutive months - caught the attention of the music industry.
In 2007, Universal Republic released Caillat's debut album Coco. Titled after her childhood nickname, Coco landed on the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 5 and spawned Caillat's breakout hit "Bubbly." The singer co-wrote the track with her friend Jason Reeves and was produced by her father. "Bubbly" reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 2 on the Pop 100 charts. It also spent several weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, which was comprised of easy listening and pop-standard songs. Her follow-up single "Realize" also landed in the Top 20 and established Caillat as an up-and-coming pop star. That year, she went on the road to promote her debut album and opened for John Mayer and The Goo Goo Dolls. Caillat's star power reached a wider audience after the release of her duet with Jason Mraz titled "Lucky." The acoustic pop ballad was the third single off Mraz's 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The song reached the Top 10 in the Adult Top 40 chart, and earned Caillat and Mraz a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The singer was nominated twice for that same category that year, also receiving a nod for her duet with Taylor Swift titled "Breathe" (2008). Caillat finally topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with "Fallin' For You," the lead single off her sophomore album Breakthrough (2009).
Caillat's success on the charts and her mainstream appeal landed her songs in several Hollywood projects. Her work has appeared in soundtracks for films such as the female buddy comedy "Baby Mama" and the romantic drama "Letters to Juliet" (2010). Caillat's Grammy Award-winning duet "Lucky" was featured on the hit musical comedy series "Glee," about a struggling high school show choir and their devoted vocal coach. Two of the glee club members (Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet) sang a cover of "Lucky" on the episode titled "Duets" (2010). The singer also made waves internationally, topping the charts in countries like Australia and Canada. She was also invited to perform at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway along with Herbie Hancock, Florence and the Machine, and Barry Manilow. In 2011, Caillat released her third studio album All of You, which featured the hit singles "I Do" and "Brighter Than the Sun."