Colton takes a spin at Vinyl, George Lefont celebrates a cinematic 35
Posted 11/1/2011 7:34:00 AM
When the finale to your hilarious, avert your eyes music video features
you frolicking in a fountain while displaying some open-mouth PDAs,
casting can be everything. No one has ever accused singer-songwriter
Graham Colton of being stupid. "We cast my wife," says Colton
of the video for his single, "Pacific Coast Eyes." The singer,
who first shot to fame with his 2008 hit single "Best Days"
(used on both "American Idol" and "Oprah"), comes
to Vinyl at Centerstage in Atlanta Wednesday night to introduce fans
to songs from his latest project, "Pacific Coast Eyes, Volume
2." "The director told us, 'I have this idea for an elaborate,
sarcastic make-out scene in the middle of a fountain.' The chance
for hitting a rough patch in your relationship is greatly reduced
when the beautiful woman you're making out with is your wife."
The video features Colton running and singing. For three minutes.
So, is he a runner in real life? "Oh, hell no!" he concedes
chuckling. "I haven't run like that since I played football in
high school. I just said to the director, 'I don't want to be the
guy with the guitar, lip-syncing for the camera again.' We had some
fun with it."
As an artist, Colton prefers communicating more frequently with fans
via EPs like "Pacific Coast Eyes, Vol. 2" and "Twentysomething"
both released this year. "I did the whole 'make a record, tour
as much as you can and wait three or four years and do it again,'"
he says. "Now in this business, unless you're Coldplay, you can't
really afford to do that. Fans want transparency and frequency. I
like reconnecting in that sense."
Ten years ago, after scoring a record deal with Universal, Colton
recorded his album "Drive" at Southern Tracks with Atlanta
producer Brendan O'Brien. The album led to opening dates for John
Mayer, The Dave Matthews Band and Kelly Clarkson. "I was 20 when
we recorded that," Colton recalls. "Brendan was kind of
our fifth band member. He taught us how to take our songs and play
them for people. I remember thinking at the time, 'Wait, shouldn't
a major label record sound a lot glossier?' But we trusted Brendan
and it turned out to be the best thing. Making some big pop album
at the time wouldn't have served me as well. I still play those songs.
The record still holds up." For more info and tickets to Wednesday
night's show at Vinyl, check out Colton's official website.