Over the summer, Colbie Caillat released a five-song EP introducing fans to some of the new songs that would appear on her upcoming album Gypsy Heart. Now, the full album has arrived, and Colbie says its title reflects different sides of her musical personality, and the different sides of her, as well.
First, Colbie says Gypsy Heart sums up the dual nature of her personality: she’s not able to settle on one or the other. “You know, I can never make a decision,” she tells ABC News Radio. “I love being in Hawaii but I love coming to New York. Like, I love being in Hawaii, wearing a bathing suit, no makeup; and I love being in New York, wearing gorgeous outfits that my stylist picked out for me and having really cool hair and makeup done. It’s fun. So I think it’s something I always battle with myself…which version of me am I gonna be today?”
Musically, Colbie says, “I wrote 60 songs [for the project], so half of them are more, like, very produced and more pop-sounding. And I wanted to combine them, and to me, that sums up Gypsy Heart: It’s a love for all things and all styles.”
The reason Colbie had 60 songs, half of which were pop-sounding and half that weren’t, is because after she initially wrote and recorded an organic, folky-sounding album which she loved, her record company rejected it, and told her to go back into the studio and come up with more pop songs. At first, she was devastated — the experience inspired her latest hit, “Try” — but she eventually ended up loving the tunes she came up with for Gypsy Heart. Part of the reason was the fact that she worked with super-producer Babyface on both batches of songs.
“I had pigeonholed him into being one type of producer or songwriter and I don’t know why,” she tells ABC News Radio. “And when I had my first session with him, we wrote a folk song, and then the next song, we wrote, it’s called ‘Just Like That,’ and it’s a R&B pop song.”
“He can really produce any genre, and write any genre and his recording quality — it sounds better than any song and any record I’ve ever made,” she gushes. “So, he’s my favorite!”
As for what will become of all the songs that Colbie wrote and then scrapped, she says, “Some songs probably will never be heard, some songs I hope to give to other artists, and there are, I think, for sure, seven songs that I plan on releasing.” She says she’s not sure when we’ll get them, but adds, “I’m sure they’ll be out at some point, because I love them!”
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