Each opportunity there is to see Colbie Caillat perform live in Chicago, you can bet I take advantage of it. This girl has grown on me so much since the first time I heard “Bubbly” on the radio and had no clue how to pronounce her last name. It took until the moment I experienced my first listen of “Realize” to truly consider myself a fan of Ms. Colbie Caillat. After catching Colbie’s concert in Chicago this past Friday night for The Mix’s Miracle Near State Street 11, I have been listening to the singer/songwriter’s newest album Breakthrough nonstop on my iTunes. Seriously, I have Caillat’s second full-length record set to “repeat all” and “shuffle songs.” There’s something about seeing an artist perform live a few feet in front of you that helps to turn their latest release into my current obsession.
More photos of Colbie Caillat after the jump…
Set List / Chicago
I Never Told You
Fallin’ For You
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The thing I loved most about Colbie Caillat’s Miracle Near State Street 11 performance at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre was that she included so many new songs in her set. Of course, hits such as “Realize” and “Bubby” from Caillat’s debut album Coco are pretty much mandatory to play whenever the California cutie has a show. However, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Colbie sing so many of my favorite songs from Breakthrough, such as “Begin Again,” “Fearless,” “I Won’t,” and “I Never Told You.”
Even though “Lucky” is technically Jason Mraz’s song and is only included on his latest album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things, Caillat is acutely aware of how much her role in the duet is vital to the song’s popularity. Therefore, fans might be somewhat upset if Caillat did not include “Lucky” in her solo sets. After all, Jason Mraz may be able to fly his partner-in-crime to Chicago for his concert, but Colbie is still on her way to arriving at Mraz’s level of success. Not to worry folks, Caillat’s guitarist Justin can serenade audiences around the country in place of Jason Mraz any night of the week. Jason who? This past Friday evening, Justin and Colbie performed the duet “Lucky” like it was always their duet to begin with.
“How about Kris Allen? I am a huge fan of his,” gushed Caillat. “I got to meet him on American Idol even before he won.” If you haven’t figured it out by now, American Idol 2009 winner Kris Allen performed before Caillat at The Mix’s Miracle Near State Street 11 holiday concert. “I wrote this next song while on tour about an ex-boyfriend after I broke up with him,” explained Caillat before singing “I Never Told You.” The young singer (24 years old) continued to mention her inspiration for the tune’s lyrics and told the audience, “I started thinking about him all the time and missing him, his blue eyes, him sleeping next to me…” Take a listen to “I Never Told You” to hear Caillat’s intimate thoughts set to a beautiful, yet sorrowful melody built off subtle piano and guitar chords. The song structure is so simple, but simultaneously intense and eerily gorgeous. Heartstrings will be pulled when your ears hear this track from Breakthrough.
Picking up the pace of the evening, an acoustic guitar was brought out to Caillat. The crowd’s mood was lifted as Colbie and her band proceeded to play Breakthrough‘s lead hit single “Fallin’ For You.” Being the holiday season and all, Caillat took a moment to have a little chat with her fans. “I’m excited for Christmas. I get to spend it at home with my family.” Home for this lucky beach bum being sunny Los Angeles (maybe even Malibu?). Hmm, Christmas in California or Chicago? Not sure about you, but I know where I would be if I had the choice (i.e. not here!).
“This next song I recorded for the Special Olympics and I want to sing it for you tonight,” Caillat said before performing the classic Christmas carol “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” With only her guitarist Justin accompanying her pure and crystal clear vocals, Colbie proved she’s got talent while leaving fans wanting more from the songstress than her opening slot for The Fray allowed. More of both Caillat’s own compositions as well as classic sing-along Christmas carols that is, please!
“Are you excited to see The Fray? I know I am,” said a giddy Caillat. “I’m a huge fan of The Fray. I’ve never seen them live before. I’m going to watch them just like all of you are.” Well, it certainly is nice to know that this lady has not forgotten what it’s like to be a fan of another artist. Keeping with her promise, I caught Colbie watching The Fray’s performance from the shadows in the wings on stage right.
Before strumming the opening chord of “Bubbly,” Caillat managed to shout out an enthusiastic “Go Bears!” much to the crowd’s delight and approval. Inevitably, the time came when Caillat had to wrap up her set in order to hand the stage over to the night’s headliner, The Fray. “I wrote this next song when I was dying to fall in love,” prefaced Caillat upon reaching the final song of her performance. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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