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


You’re Only One Song Away

May 10, 2016

by Cari Cole     So you may have heard it said (or not), but the truth about your success in music is only one song away.  All you really need is that one song to make your mark. And sadly, it’s so easy to get lost in the chatter out there and think that marketing and branding are the key to success, when ... Continue


Music is Not a Competition, It’s a Community: Get In It

May 03, 2016

by Cari Cole     The music business thrives on competition. Fierce competition. Inside industry boardroom’s, it's a perpetual race to the top of the charts. With all those corporate mouths to feed, sadly artists often become numbers, instead of art. Who’s outselling who? Who’s at the top of the charts? And that kind of thinking only begets more of that type of ... Continue


Prince: The Genius, Virtuoso, Sex Symbol & Philanthropist Who Changed the World

Apr 26, 2016

by Cari Cole     Devastating. It’s devastating to lose a musician we all know and love that created the soundtrack for our lives… It’s like losing a part of ourselves, access to the secret chamber in our private lives … where we bare our souls. Especially when that someone lived so fiercely, and by doing so, allowed the same in us ~ ... Continue


The Recording Litmus Test: Are You Ready for the Studio?

Apr 18, 2016

By Cari Cole   More records are made today than ever before. With the ease of technology, all you need (technically) is an iPad and plugins. For musicians and music makers that has improved creativity, artistic control and a shot to run up against the big boys. But the tricky thing is… it’s deceptively easy to record an album or single. But that ... Continue


When It Comes to Vocal Range, Does Size Really Matter?

Apr 12, 2016

By Cari Cole You know it’s funny how everyone thinks more is better.  When it comes to singing, range matters, but maybe not as much as you think, or not in the way that you think. Truth is, there are many well known singers out there that get along just fine without a ton of range, and then there are the ... Continue


Artists: Don’t be Afraid, Step Out into the Light

Apr 06, 2016

By Cari Cole Most days I am exposing artists to themselves. Wha?? Yep. Because the more I do that, the better they become. The more they dig, the more they get in touch with their “why”. The more they get in touch with their “why”, the sooner they come to realize their deeper message. The sooner they realize their deeper message, the ... Continue


Musicians: Do You Favor Art Over Commerce, or Commerce Over Art?

Mar 29, 2016

By Cari Cole There’s a problem out there, and it causes great artists, musicians and songwriters to lose touch with their best work and even get swayed off course. As a result, great songs, that should see the light of day, fall by the wayside. In the name of commerce. Commerce over art. Yep, that’s what the big boys are all about. ... Continue


Lock Yourself in a Room and Don’t Come Out Until You Have a Record

Mar 22, 2016

by Cari Cole Into It. Over It. in a recent interview “I did the whole 'lock yourself in a cabin' thing, and it worked.” In a recent interview with Mashable,  the Chicago-based singer-songwriter said that for his third studio album, he and drummer and writing partner Josh Sparks holed up in a cabin in Vermont for a month to write. "It ... Continue