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

5 Lessons in Music Biz Success

Jan 13, 2015


by Cari Cole


People ask me all the time how I did it. What was my path to success? Did I put in my 10,000 hours or did I take short cuts? Do I work 24/7? What are my secrets? What do I attribute my success to? Have I achieved all of my dreams or is there more?



I think the ... Continue

… are you just sliding by with your vocals?

Jan 07, 2015


by Cari Cole


Are you putting in real time on your voice or do you just slide by hoping for the best? Are you often white-knuckling it through recording sessions or hoping your voice will hold up for your next gig? Do you sometimes feel like a fraud?

You’re not alone.

Many singers struggle needlessly with these fears.

Until they decide to get serious.

Until ... Continue

101 Things Every Musician Needs to Know in 2015

Dec 30, 2014 | 6 Comments


By Cari Cole


As you may know, I cut my teeth in this business first by

being a musician and artist, and second by being one of

the top vocal coaches in the world for almost 3 decades

in New York City.


There’s one thing I know for sure. You can market ‘til

you are blue in the face – hire the best PR or radio

promotion ... Continue

Your Music Is Bigger Than You

Dec 23, 2014

By Cari Cole


Life is precious. We all collectively share it, yet we are born and die alone.

And so here we are bound by gravity to ride this beautiful planet Earth

through our solar system together. What are we doing with our time

here? As my songwriting hero and Minneapolis homey Dan Wilson says,

“What are you going to do with your free life?” ... Continue