Do Your Songs Kick Ass? How to Know for Sure…

Nov 04, 2014

  by Cari Cole I was just in the office of one of the biggest players in the music business and we were having this conversation about what it takes to breakthrough as an artist. And the truth is, no matter who I speak to in the business, the answer is the same.   There’s lot of great voices and artists with “the look.” But what ... Continue


5 Secret Weapons of Killer Vocal Recordings

Oct 28, 2014

  by Cari Cole   So you’re off to the recording studio to record your next record? Are you ready to ramp up your vocals? I’m going to say something that might come as a surprise to you (and forgive me to those this is not true about) but did you know that many producers are not experts when it comes to vocals? That’s right. I’ve worked with Grammy ... Continue


Symptoms of a Signature Voice

Oct 21, 2014

by: Cari Cole   A generic sounding voice is vanilla. A voice with cred has distinct characteristics, an “instantly recognizable” sound, its own signature.   That said, is it cultivated or just what you were born with?   What I have witnessed over the past 3 decades of working with singers in New York City is it’s a blend of both. It’s taking what you have and making something ... Continue


Are You A Music Zombie? 5 Signs of Musician Burnout

Oct 14, 2014

by Cari Cole   It happens to the best of us at some point.  Burnout.   The important thing is to spot it. Most of us keep plugging away unaware that we are not operating on all cylinders and only making matters worse.   Then come the bigger problems made by bad decisions and lack of clarity that accompany burning out.   Here’s how to recognize the signs of ... Continue


Adele Outsells Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry…

Oct 07, 2014

  by Cari Cole   Last week Bob Lefsetz sent out an email about an industry pow wow he was at with Jason Flom (Pres. of Virgin Records and father of a former student). They were having a discussion about Adele and why she has sold almost 13 million of “21” in the US while artists like Lorde and Taylor Swift are struggling to sell 2 million.   Comments ... Continue


Your Music Is a Love Affair

Sep 30, 2014

  by Cari Cole   The relationship between you, the artist, and your music is not necessarily an easy one. Just because you can write your own songs doesn’t mean you love how they turn out.   Sounds weird huh? But it’s true. It takes a while of writing songs before they start coming out the way you hear them in your head. You have to develop the muscles ... Continue


Success Has Nothing To Do With Talent

Sep 23, 2014

  by Cari Cole   I know so many ridiculously talented artists who never make it. Who spend their whole lives hoping and praying but somehow manage to live on the outside of the music business. Some, intentionally.   They don’t want their art tampered with. Or they are just sensitive souls who don’t want to get washed up through the entertainment machine. Or they are just so caught ... Continue


10 Musician Attitudes to Delete From Your Cellular Memory

Sep 10, 2014

by Cari Cole   What we think, and what we believe influences every cell in our body. Just ask Bruce Lipton, MD cutting edge neuroscientist who says that all of our cells respond to our thoughts (read his book Biology of Belief for most recent discoveries on this subject). So here’s the thing, don’t even think twice. You are not a victim of your past, you are a victim ... Continue


The Artistic Life: Unplugging From the Big D….

Sep 02, 2014

  by Cari Cole   With so much hype about marketing, social media and promotion, it seems that the focus on being an artist and the artistic life has taken a back seat. The biggest problem is that artists who should be focusing on their art, are spending endless hours plugged into the antithesis of creating = social media and surfing the web.   It’s one of our biggest addictions = ... Continue