5 Ways to Step Up Your Voice to the Big Time

Mar 24, 2015 | 1 Comment


By Cari Cole

Just recently one of the artists I work with took a big risk.

She stepped up to the big time.

Here’s her story.

When I met her, I could feel her talent, it was just oozing out of her. She was ready for the next level, but there were some vital pieces that needed to be put in place to get ... Continue

Blurred Lines Indeed: Are Court Cases Rewriting the Rules?

Mar 17, 2015 | 2 Comments


by Cari Cole


Well, another week in music copyright hell that made history. The copyright case of Blurred Lines has unfortunately irrevocably left it’s mark.

The New York Times said “On Tuesday, a federal jury in Los Angeles concluded that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, the performer and primary songwriter-producer of the 2013 pop hit “Blurred Lines,” committed copyright infringement by using ... Continue

3 Mindsets That Break the Mold in Music

Mar 11, 2015


by Cari Cole


I recently gave a teleclass on the 3 Musician Mindsets That Break the Mold, Attract Super Fans and Garner A-List Industry Praise. It was the first free training of 2015 and I didn’t post a replay because there was a special contest attached to it and I only wanted people who could be on the call to be ... Continue

Even Stars Shed Their Vocal Scales: Lady Gaga’s Vocal Triumph at the Oscars

Mar 03, 2015


by Cari Cole


Lady Gaga’s performance of the Sound of Music on the Oscar’s was definitely impressive. But what was impressive to me wasn’t really just the vocal performance, because as a vocal coach and arranger, to me it wasn’t an earth shattering vocal, but it was for her. It was a slam dunk victory, a great achievement for her and ... Continue

What Does Your Music Really Say? Is It Striking a Chord?

Feb 24, 2015 | 2 Comments


by Cari Cole


What do recent Grammy winner Sam Smith and Adele have in common? Whether you like them or not, they garner ginormous record sales, multiple Grammy awards (industry praise) and have a strong, clear, meaningful and raw emotional message. In Adele’s case, record exec’s are scratching their heads over how she managed to sell 22 million records worldwide of ... Continue

Smart Musician Tips: What to Do When You Stall Out or Hit Reverse

Feb 17, 2015


by Cari Cole


Hey beautiful artists!! As an artist in today’s climate you most likely circle around from excitement and possibility to frustration, despair, and even devastation only to rise back around to excitement again.


Sound familiar? Yep, it’s a perpetually turning ferris wheel.


But what do you do when you’re on the shadow side of the wheel? When nothing you are doing ... Continue

The Artist Success Series: Share Your Music, Tell Your Story

Feb 03, 2015


by Cari Cole


The Indie Revolution has been an awesome ride. It’s helped some artists get their music out there that wouldn’t have had the chance before, and it’s given others the opportunity to rise in a business that used to be only for signed artists.


But it’s also created a hole in the marketplace for all of the striving emerging and ... Continue

10 Steps to Vocal Health + Wellness

Jan 27, 2015


By Cari Cole


1. Stop Shredding Your Cords

The number one thing that shreds your cords when singing or speaking is slamming your cords together. It’s called glottal strokes or the glottal attack. Say “ah” and hit it hard – chances are your cords banged together – did you feel it? To avoid it, but an “h” at the front of the ... Continue

Artists, Musicians + Songwriters: How to Ace Your Next Song Presentation

Jan 21, 2015

by Cari Cole


As a songwriter, musician or artist, it’s often difficult to know which songs to present. Should you show your best song first even if that means the more artistic deeper song that might not show commerciality, or the uptempo commercial song that might not showcase your deeper artistry as a writer? Is it different when you are showcasing ... Continue