15 Best Kept Secrets of Grammy Winning Singers

Nov 01, 2016 | 4 Comments

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

 

It’s Grammy time again. I just sent off the Grammy Ballots for the nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Several of my artists are on the list, and it was a tough choice. Not because I am “favoriting” my students, but because too many of my artists (and those on the list to be nominated) are so amazing ... Continue


Vocal Arranging: 5 Steps to Kickass Vocals on Your Next Record

Jun 15, 2016

 

 

by Cari Cole

 

 

Vocal arranging? Not surprising if you haven’t heard of it (unless you’re a Cari Cole convert ;)). I hadn’t heard of it until I was in the business for quite awhile, and then realized I was one already (a vocal arranger that is) ;).

A vocal arranger decides how the artist will sing a song. It might be ... Continue


Signature Vocals: Making Your Voice Indelible in the Hearts & Minds of Your Audience

Jun 07, 2016 | 1 Comment

 

 

by Cari Cole

 

 

You don’t have to have the best voice in the room to be a contender, but you do have to be the most convincing. The voice that people remember. They say “people don’t remember what you said, but how you made them feel.” A signature voice leaves an indelible impression. And the most potent counterpart is not the ... Continue


Vocal Shop Talk: Top 10 Most Asked Questions & Their Solutions

May 31, 2016

 

 

by Cari Cole

 

 

 

Singers have it tough. You’re supposed to be “born with it” or you might as well forget it. That’s the message out there. Kinda leaves very little room for improvement, don’t you think?

And so you do a quick Google search on how to hit better high notes, but the info you get doesn’t really help? Maybe ... Continue


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 on a key or a fret, and the same note comes out ... Continue


Getting Big Vocals On Your Next Record

May 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

 

 

So you want your vocals to make a big impression on your next record, but not sure your voice can deliver, or exactly how to do that? Or you can belt it out, but you don’t have folks praising your voice the way you secretly wish for?

Or maybe you get great praise, but secretly you know you could ... Continue


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

Apr 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 to record an album or single. But that ... Continue


When It Comes to Vocal Range, Does Size Really Matter?

Apr 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Cari Cole

You know it’s funny how everyone thinks more is better. When it comes to singing, range matters, but maybe not as much as you think, or not in the way that you think.

Truth is, there are many well known singers out there that get along just fine without a ton of range, and then there are ... Continue


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

Mar 09, 2016 | 1 Comment

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 from alcohol and pizza, crossed your ... Continue


Your Voice IS Your Brand: Stop Slacking and Sound Better ASAP

Mar 01, 2016

by Cari Cole

The first thing people hear is your voice.

Sometimes it’s the only thing they hear.

They don’t hear the 15 years of playing guitar, or the 500 concerts played. It’s your voice that takes the lead and resonates loud and clear, front and center in most people’s ears.

If you’re an indie artist out on tour, you might ... Continue