How to Get the Attention of Music’s Tastemakers

Jul 19, 2016

  By Cari Cole   You’re a serious, hard-working independent artist committed to making music that matters. And you’re tired of not being able to get the attention you need. You may be experienced, with albums under your belt and a busy tour schedule—but unable to break through to the next level—wondering, Can I keep doing this? Or maybe you’re emerging, and heavily ... Continue

5 Musician Mis-steps That Could Cost You Dearly

Jul 11, 2016

   By Cari Cole  

1.  Producing Yourself

Okay, I’m just going to say it. No one, no matter how freaking good you are, no one should produce, mix and master themselves. Having no outside perspective will easily kill your chances. Unless you are a proven genius, and even then… smart folks collaborate with the right people.

2.  Thinking A & R is a ... Continue

Music Business Shop Talk: 5 Ways to Rise Up and Reap

Jul 05, 2016

    by Cari Cole       Now that artist’s careers are not reliant upon getting a record deal, the market is saturated ~ perhaps over saturated. And if you frequent Spotify playlists like I do, then you know that there is no shortage of incredibly talented new artists. However, when it comes to breaking through to the big time, clearly, talent is not all ... Continue

Musicians: Are You Getting Ripped Off?

Jun 28, 2016

    by Cari Cole     It’s not easy being a music artist. You run the risk of being misdirected, controlled, lied to, manipulated, ripped off, stolen from and used. It’s always been the case. You also run the risk of being praised, celebrated, richly remunerated and honored. But because artists are particularly vulnerable to praise, it’s easy to mistake one for the other. ... Continue

Singers & Songwriters: How to Win Over Your Audience At Every Performance

Jun 22, 2016

    by Cari Cole     Every performer has good days and bad days. It’s par for the course. However, the goal of any superstar or rising star, is that even on bad days, you still can rock the stage. And that’s a tall order when your voice punks out on you, or you’ve got personal stuff to deal with, or maybe your label ... Continue

Vocal Arranging: 5 Steps to Kickass Vocals on Your Next Record

Jun 15, 2016

    by Cari Cole     Vocal arranging? Not surprising if you haven’t heard of it (unless you’re a Cari Cole convert ;)). I hadn’t heard of it until I was in the business for quite awhile, and then realized I was one already (a vocal arranger that is) ;). A vocal arranger decides how the artist will sing a song. It might be ... Continue

Vocal Shop Talk: Top 10 Most Asked Questions & Their Solutions

May 31, 2016

    by Cari Cole       Singers have it tough. You’re supposed to be “born with it” or you might as well forget it. That’s the message out there. Kinda leaves very little room for improvement, don’t you think? And so you do a quick Google search on how to hit better high notes, but the info you get doesn’t really help?  Maybe you ... Continue

Your Vocal Potential: Are You Living Up to It?

May 24, 2016

    by Cari Cole       People, and most often --other musicians, sometimes poke fun at singers for being protective (or fussy) about their voices. Okay, then --- go on. You get up and sing without making a fool of yourself. Ha. Singing is demanding. It’s not an instrument you can press down on a key or a fret, and the same note comes out ... Continue

Getting Big Vocals On Your Next Record

May 16, 2016

by Cari Cole     So you want your vocals to make a big impression on your next record, but not sure your voice can deliver, or exactly how to do that? Or you can belt it out, but you don’t have folks praising your voice the way you secretly wish for? Or maybe you get great praise, but secretly you know you could ... Continue