Colbie Caillat Releases New Album “Along The Way”
American singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat released her seventh studio album “Along the Way” on October 6, 2023.
It is her first album in seven years since the 2016 album “The Malibu Sessions”.
Also, the LP is her debut country music album.
The album comprises 12-track, featuring a guest appearance from American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, produced by Jamie Kenney.
The album showcases her signature blend of folk-pop melodies and heartfelt lyrics, creating an emotional and introspective experience for listeners old and new.
This album has been 3 years in the making and I'm so happy to finally share all of these new (old) songs with you. It's a break-up album, full of love, and appreciation and understanding,” Colbie Caillat said of the album. “Written with some of my all time favorites and some written all by myself, about my experiences with love and loss along the way. Produced by my favorite, Jamie Kenney who truly encompasses mastering the quality of sound and all of its pure emotions, who's also the coolest guy I know.”
- She continued, “The phrase 'meant for me' often times equates to permanence, but life will teach you everything is temporary, the good times and the hard times. Accepting and embracing that what's meant for us can be just for that time. It taught me to appreciate what I have and also learn to let go when it's time.”
She added, “I hope this album can bring you comfort and peace through your experiences along the way. I'm so proud of and grateful for my entire team who helped me create this album, bring it to life and made the process so much fun.”
Colbie Caillat explained about some tracks for the album, “These songs are written from my experiences with love and loss along the way. This is a breakup album with love and appreciation and understanding for the past, learning to be on my own and loving it, while being hopeful for what's to come.”
“I wrote this when I started dating again for the first time [after a breakup]. It was this perfect combination of being excited about it and liking the person that I was hanging out with, but being totally okay if it ended.
[I was enjoying] being fine on my own. It felt like this really grounded, but open feeling. It was something I really wanted to say. Dating can be nerve-racking and this was a song about being very content and happy with whatever happens.”
“I wrote 'Pretend' when I was reminiscing the good parts of my last relationship and wanting to pretend we were back together so I could re-live and feel those good times we shared again,” Colbie Caillat said of the song in a statement. “Although the album is full of breakup songs, I felt it was important to share the optimism I still feel about the future and the respect I have for what I've experienced in the past.
I started the idea and wrote the first half of the chorus in my bedroom. Then I called Liz & AJ and said I had another song idea and wanted to get together so we could write it! So we did!
It's always nice starting a song by myself so I can make sure it's something I really want to say and that is coming from me and something I'm experiencing. Then getting to collaborate with amazing writers to complete the song makes my heart so happy. And when you record it in the studio it's one of the best feelings when you get to add all the beautiful instrumentation and harmonies! I love the entire process!”
“I think that everyone can relate to drifting apart from a past love. Although it's a painful process, it's a beautiful thing to be able to look back at that time in your life with new perspective and realize that what was gained from that relationship was worth all of the low points.”
“Meant for Me” via Atwood Magazine
“They're (in Nashville's music community) so clever here with the twists in songs. There's always a really cool twist and that's something that I've learned and become a huge fan of, and I do find myself trying to see, 'OK where is that twist?' or sometimes a song doesn't have, but sometimes if you find it. Like my song, 'Meant for Me.' I love how we wrote that song where it sounds like you're talking about being meant for someone that you're with, and then the last line of the chorus says, “You were meant for me to lose.” I love those kinds of things where I think it just grabs the listener at your heartstrings.”
“Still Gonna Miss You”
“I was so happy I got to write with Jason for this record. I had this idea for this song and knew I wanted him to help me finish writing it. It's exactly what I hoped for... it was just like old times.
I wrote this song about still missing someone after the end of a relationship, no matter what stage of life you're in. Seeing past all the negative feelings and things you didn't like to remember the good times you had together. Special thank you to my friend Jason Reeves for writing this one with me.”
“I'll Be Here” featuring Sheryl Crow
“This song was written about being there for the ones you love and knowing they will always be there for you too.
I wrote 'I'll Be Here' with Brett James at my house in California about 13 years ago. We wanted to write an uplifting song for anyone to sing to whoever they love, including singing it to yourself because that's important, too. Over the years, we recorded many variations of it, but this one is the original and my favorite and how it was always meant to sound. My heart is so happy and in awe that my lovely friend Sheryl Crow is singing it with me. Her legendary voice and calm tone so perfectly share the message of this nurturing song with me. And Jamie Kenney's tasteful production took it all the way home.
We recorded this song a couple years ago and have been waiting for the right time to release it. Jamie Kenney produced this song and entire record and he is one of my all-time favorite producers and friends. This summer we asked Sheryl to sing her vocal on it, and it all came together, pretty fast! It's been a blast and a long time coming!”
“Blue” via Atwood Magazine
“My favourites always change, but when I wrote “Blue,” I loved that song, and my friends loved it so much. I would play it on the piano, right here in my living room, and I would get such a positive reaction and for it come from a song I wrote by myself, I really was surprised, and my friends are very honest with me too, so I felt very accomplished that I wrote it by myself. I love the first verse because I'm talking about all the things that are blue, all the different meanings of it and then I love the second verse because I'm talking about “I was painting some red flags green” and taking responsibility for it even though I'm hurt that this person doesn't want to be in this relationship.”
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- source : Apple Music