Brighter Than The Sun ~ Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat  is an American Grammy award-winning pop singer-songwriter and guitarist from Malibu, California. She debuted in 2007 with Coco, which included hit singles “Bubbly”, “Realize”, and “The Little Things”. In 2008, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, “Lucky”, which won a Grammy.

Caillat was born in Malibu, California, and grew up in Newbury Park, California. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979) albums. When she was an infant, her parents gave her the nickname “Coco”, which she would later name her debut album.  Caillat took piano lessons as a child, but lacked significant inspiration until she turned 11 years old, when she became enthralled with Lauryn Hill’s performance in Sister Act 2.  She realized that she wanted to be a singer, and began taking vocal lessons, performing onstage for the first time in sixth grade. Since then she has covered many songs by Lauryn Hill including “Killing Me Softly” and the timeless classic “Tell Him”

Caillat soon met producer Mikal Blue, who hired her to sing on techno songs used at fashion shows. Caillat began playing the acoustic guitar at age 19, and Blue helped her record her first song.  She auditioned for American Idol but was rejected at the pre-audition stage and was unable to sing for the judges.  The second time she auditioned for the show, she sang her own original song, “Bubbly”, and was rejected once again. However, Caillat expressed gratitude at the judges’ decision, saying “I was shy. I was nervous. I didn’t look the greatest. I wasn’t ready for it yet. I was glad, when I auditioned, that they said no.”  The popularity of Caillat’s MySpace profile led her to become the number-one unsigned singer in her genre for four consecutive months.

Brighter Than The Sun

The song, which she co-wrote with hit-maker/OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, is the second single from Caillat’s upcoming third LP All of You. “I usually like to start my albums by easing my way in,” Caillat said while talking about her decision to put her new single at the top of the All of You track list. “But ‘Brighter Than the Sun’ has a punch. It’s so up-tempo and happy. My manager actually requested that it be No. 1, and he was right. This song is awesome because it just gets people started right away and interested in what’s next. A different instrument leads into each part of the song. It never stays the same, which keeps listeners wanting to hear what’s next.” Caillat says she wrote all the tracks on All of You about her relationship with Justin Young, who plays guitar in her band. “He was in my band for two years before we noticed that we like each other,” she notes. “I wrote most of this album about us, our ups and downs.” The lyrics reflect the tumble into love: “Boy, we go together like peanuts and Paydays/ Marley and Reggae/ And everybody needs to get a chance to say/ Oh, this is how it starts/ Lightning strikes the heart/ It goes off like a gun/ Brighter than the sun.'”

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Stop me on the corner
I swear you hit me like a vision
I, I, I wasn’t expecting
But who am I to tell fate where it’s supposed to go with it?
Don’t you blink you might miss it
See we got a right to just love it or leave it
You find it and keep it
Cause it ain’t every day you get the chance to say

Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

I never seen it, but I found this love, I wanna feel it
You better believe, I’m gonna treat it
Better than anything I’ve ever had
Cause you’re so damn beautiful, read it
It’s signed and delivered, let’s seal it
Boy we go together like peanuts and paydays and MARLEY and reggae
And everybody needs to get a chance to say

Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

Everything is like a whiteout, cause we shicka-shicka shine down
Even when, when the light’s out but I can see you glow
Got my head up in the rafters, got me happy ever after
Never felt this way before, ain’t felt this way before

I swear you hit me like a vision
I, I, I wasn’t expecting
But who am I to tell fate where it’s supposed to go?

Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
Shining how we want, brighter than the sun
Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

Brighter than the sun
Brighter than the sun
Brighter than the sun

Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun

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5 thoughts on “Brighter Than The Sun ~ Colbie Caillat

  1. Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
    It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
    Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
    Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

  2. Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
    It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
    Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
    Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

  3. Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
    It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
    Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
    Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

  4. Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
    It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
    Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
    Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

  5. Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart
    It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun
    Oh, it could be the stars, falling from the sky
    Shining how we want, brighter than the sun

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