Gavin and Colbie sitting in a tree . . .

One of this summer’s highly anticipated tours is the pairing of Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat. CBS Local recently chatted with both singers to find out how the duo came to be spending their summer together.

“She’s just somebody I always really enjoy being around, being that I also play music, I say, ‘What are you doing this summer? We should do something. Let’s be like fake boyfriend and girlfriend and spend the summer together,'” Gavin recalled telling Colbie. “I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer then to be out with the beautiful and talented Colbie Caillat, that’s all there is to it.”

Colbie further explained how it all came together.

“Gavin was at my house and we were writing a song together,” Colbie recalled. “We were loving how our voices sounded singing together. And, we were like, ‘This would be a really fun tour if we played shows together every night.’ And so it worked out.”

Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer also joined the tour which continues through August. Enjoying her time on the road, Colbie likened the tour to summer camp.

“I have to say it’s one of my favorite tours because all of us; the band, crew, us artists, everyone are friends and we’ve all worked together in the past so it feels like we’re on summer camp,” she said. “Getting to watch Andy and Gavin shows every night and hearing their voices and their songs, I feel lucky to be on a tour like this.”

Even though Gavin recently finished a stint on Dancing With the Stars, he hasn’t taught his tour mates any new dance moves. But Colbie said she was more than impressed by the acrobatics he brings to his show every night.

“He’s really fun on stage. He actually gets up on his piano on one or two of the songs and pretends to jump off,” she said. “I’ve never seen him like that before. I feel like he’s come out of his shell and now he’s jumping on his grand piano on stage and just really having fun with the crowd.”

Before this tour Colbie took six months off and was just home living normal life. But, she’s happy to be back on the road.

“We’re a fun combination, all of us. Our banter. If you know Gavin’s personality at all, he’s hilarious and just goes out there on crazy topics,” she said. “You’re always laughing when you’re around him.”

Gavin too, had only praises for his summer companion.

“Colbie is somebody that I’ve been a fan of since she started. When I first heard her on the radio I thought, ‘Wow what a beautiful soulful voice, what a sincere singer.’ There’s such an easiness to her . . . its so refreshing.”

While the duo haven’t performed together onstage just yet, Gavin says it’s likely to happen soon.

“Both of us are trying to find that extra few minutes of the day where we can work something out, either something that’s been released, or write something together,” he said. “She and I have a very special music connection and I think it’s in both of our best interests to let that be heard.”

– Annie Reuter and Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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