Songwriting Shop Talk: Impress Your Fans in 15 Seconds

October 8, 2019

People ask me all of the time, “what’s the most important thing in knocking down those doors or making your career rock? There are so many things to focus on, what’s most important? Is it social media? A strong live show? A great brand? A great album? Do you need an album? Well, ya kind … Continue

Building a Brand that Matches Your Music

October 1, 2019

Your brand is your music at first glance. You want it to look like your music sounds. Music is not age-specific but branding is. Fans could care less how old you are, but they do care how good your music is. And when your brand is the first thing they see, it needs to match … Continue

How to Recover From a Failed Album or Recording

September 24, 2019

Just reading that headline makes my head hurt. I know, I’ve been there many times before. And most likely so have you. It’s par for the course in making records. But learning from experience and an objective perspective can save you from making other unknown mistakes and gain clarity for your next project. No one sets … Continue

10 Steps to Vocal Freedom

September 17, 2019

Most singers who come to work with me land in 1 of 3 categories. Group 1 has basic problems making their voice sound good. They are either struggling with a pinched tight nasal sound or are singing from their throats and can’t stop. They often have a lot of tension in their jaw, tongue and neck … Continue

Building A Music Career That Matters

September 9, 2019

You’ve been in the game for a while, trying to make the pieces fit. I admire that. 1000%. A life devoted to building a music career is not for the faint of heart. It requires real stamina ~ and guts. I know, I’ve been there. I’ve was all the way to performing on Oprah and … Continue

How to Make Your Fans Obsessed with Your Music

September 3, 2019

By Cari Cole As a musician today, you really are pure potential. There is nothing standing in your way. Not connections, not money, not time. And as an artist, you are THE most important thing that makes this industry tick. Without you, there IS no music. So no matter what anyone tells you or how … Continue

The Singer’s Guide to Winning Over Your Audience

August 27, 2019

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 … Continue

Pro Tips for Staying on Pitch

August 20, 2019

By Cari Cole “Pitch-ey” has now become a household word thanks to American Idol judges. At least now we vocal coaches don’t have to explain it! Pitch is one of the fundamental, foundational core elements in singing – so much so that it is one of the most important – perhaps the most important – … Continue

9 Common Vocal Mistakes + Fixes

August 13, 2019

It’s easy to miss these vocal mistakes. You’ve probably made many of them – I know I have. But chances are, you didn’t know they were vocal mistakes until you got further on down the line. And, sometimes I still hear seasoned singers making these blaring mistakes. Thing is, if they cleaned them up they’d … Continue

CCVM Best New Voice Scholarship & Winner List

August 7, 2019

OMG, I’m so blown away at the talent on the Best New Voice scholarship! Major praise to the incredible voices, songs and performances. You ALL have blown our minds. Wow! We made our selections mostly based on artistry/craft and who could use the program the most, as well as the efforts to gain likes which … Continue

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