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5 Secrets Record Labels Use to Get Powerful Chart-Topping Vocals

June 8, 2021

Those of us in this trade know that pro singers always seek help and training to help them sound their best, particularly in preparation for recording and in the studio. Your final vocal lives forever on that record! Best to be prepared like a pro with these… 5 Secrets Record Labels Use to Get Powerful … Continue

10 Tips For Recording Vocals Like a Pro at Your Next Studio Session

June 1, 2021

We have a program at my company where artists come to work on writing their signature songs (The Signature Songwriting Circle). In this program they get A & R development + direction and cowrite with our chart-topping songwriters who are also artists and singers themselves. Once the song is written, I have our songwriters demo … Continue

How to Make Your Voice Sound Like Your Favorite Records

May 18, 2021

As one of the top vocal coaches (and arrangers) in the world, I am often inundated with questions about which mic to use, vocal and recording techniques, recording better vocals, and how to sing with more power and emotional expression. While there is a lot to this, from vocal technique to emotional interpretation techniques, to recording … Continue

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Top 8 Tips to Make An Exceptional Record

October 24, 2017

  By Cari Cole Record making is an art, a science, a process, an alchemical experience. It should not be thrown together, recorded in a rush, and your vocals should not be recorded all in one day. It won’t help. Even more, the song selection is critical to the success of the record. Whatever you … Continue

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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 … Continue

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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 … Continue

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

April 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 … Continue

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

March 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 … Continue

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10 Ways to Keep Your Voice From Quitting On You, Right Now

March 9, 2016

by Cari Cole You’ve got a great gig or an important recording session. You’ve warmed up, downed a boatload of water, stocked up on 5 kinds of throat spray, gargled with salt water and honey a million times (and mistakenly swallowed some .. gross.) You’ve stayed home while you’re friends were out having fun, abstained … Continue

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