A New Trend in Music Videos: Using Star Power for Social Statements

December 8, 2015

by Cari Cole Music reflects life. And at certain times in our world’s history, music comes to the fore expressing opinions and bringing to light important social topics as we move through them. As social movements for peace and justice rise up, once again, music is bringing the messages of the people to the fore. … Continue

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The Best Music Advice I Was Ever Given

July 22, 2015

by Cari Cole   To follow up on a recent well received blog last week: The Worst Music Advice I Was Ever Given, this week I thought it fun to contrast that with The Best Music Advice I Was Ever Given. A few days ago I spoke to a fledgling artist trying to make it, like … Continue

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Artists, Musicians + Songwriters: How To Ace Your Next Song Presentation

January 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? … Continue

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101 Things Every Musician Needs To Know In 2015

December 30, 2014

by Cari Cole   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 now in New York City. There’s one thing I know for sure. You can market ‘til you are blue in the face – … Continue

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Your Music Is A Love Affair

September 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 … Continue

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Writing Better Lyrics: Moving Past the Cliche and Into Your True Voice

May 15, 2013

Writing fresh, original lyrics is a challenge for every songwriter. You must say something very specific to be universal, but sometimes all the words coming out just sound like things you’ve heard before. And even more, an artist needs a signature song to cut through and stand out above the noise. What’s a signature song? … Continue

Music Icons To Judge 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

September 7, 2012

Tom Waits, Nas, Martina McBride, McCoy Tyner, Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin, Janelle Monae, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, And Many More Join ISC’s Judging Panel   The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has again assembled a diverse panel of judges that consists of some of the most iconic artists in the world coupled with influential music … Continue

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Someone Like You

August 30, 2011

by Cari Cole   What happened to the days when a song burned through you like a fire so deep you couldn’t sleep? It isn’t often that’s for sure. And then came Adele… and Someone Like You. Blew us all away. This kind of songwriting is what I live for. Thanks to Adele for baring … Continue

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