Colbie Caillat’s fifth studio album won’t hit shelves until spring of next year, but the SoCal singer-songwriter gives her fans an early Christmas gift with the premiere of the project’s first single, “Hold On.” A departure from her stripped down acoustic sound, Caillat trades the guitar for synth and drums in this catchy pop jam co-written and produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.
“This song is about one of those relationships that you can’t seem to break away from, and you know it’s not good for you,” said Caillat when she called 96.5 TIC. “We have all been in that place, and we all have unfortunately done it to people. You don’t realize it until it is being done to you, and then you are like, ‘Oh shoot… I have been a jerk too!’”
“I think that it is good to write songs that people can relate to,” she continued. “A lot of people like to relate to sad songs more than happy songs I found out. I think it lets them know they are not the only ones that have been through that situation, or who are going through that situation, and it helps comfort them.”
Caillat followed Ryan Tedder on OneRepublic’s tour last August to write and record the song. The two previously worked together on Caillat’s 2011 release, All of You, with Tedder co-writing and producing her huge hit, “Brighter than the Sun.” Caillat praised the industry veteran and only had more good things to say working with him this time around.
“He is adorable,” she said. “He is one of the nicest people, and so, so talented. It is really amazing and inspiring to watch how a person can be so motivated and have so much energy and excitement to work on a track with someone. Plus, I have known Ryan for years—since I was a teenager before both of us made it in the industry—so it is cool to have a friend from back then, and we [both] made it together.”
The music video for “Hold On” was shot last week in Los Angeles, and it is set to premiere early next month. Caillat revealed that she had some help from a family member to make her song come to life.
“I had this vision for how I wanted the song to be portrayed,” she said. “There is no guy, just me and these beautiful dancers. One of [the dancers] is my cousin. She is an amazing choreographer and I wanted her to do something for my videos my whole career, but I never had the song that was right for it. This one, I finally got to have her do!”
–Tyler Roman, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford