10 Musician Mindset FAILS That You Should Avoid In Your Career

Sep 18, 2018

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 recent discoveries on this subject). So here’s the thing, don’t even think twice. You are not a victim of your past, ... Continue

Going Pro: 6 Essential Steps of Artist Development for All Musicians

Sep 11, 2018

By Cari Cole: Transitioning from the dream to the reality can be a daunting proposition no matter how much you want it. Seal himself said in an interview on Sirius FM that “No one can prepare you for fame,” no matter how bad you want it. And desire alone will not manifest it for you. It’s vision, determination, blind faith, a ... Continue

Making Music in 2018: It’s Still About The Record

Sep 04, 2018

  By Cari Cole There’s been a question in the air for a while now about whether the record (album, LP) is really dying out – if you need one at all anymore?  But regardless of whether that thinking is coming from declining record sales or from artists releasing more singles into the marketplace, the fact is you still need one. People ... Continue

6 Saboteurs that Hold Musicians Back from the Big Time

Aug 28, 2018

By Cari Cole Sabotage. Sigh. It’s real. And artists are especially victims to it. The margins of error are huge. From wrong advice, disingenuous advice, or just plain lack of good advice, to the challenges riddled with potholes and landmines to trip you up.

Here are the top 6 ways artists and musicians sabotage themselves and how to course correct in a ... Continue

End of Summer Blowout Sale!

Aug 23, 2018


Hi beautifuls!

Cari Cole here. It’s that time of year, folks.

The Back-to-School Sales are in full force, the Fall Fashions are on display, and that little feeling of “This fall, I’m going to get organized, get it together and really make a difference in my life” might be running through your ... Continue

New Music Release: Sarra “Kerosene” CCVM Case Study, Part 3

Aug 21, 2018

By Cari Col New music release: SARRA “Kerosene” CCVM Case Study, Part 3 is here! For those just tuning in to our 3-part series you can catch up here: Blog Part 1: https://www.caricole.com/new-release-sarra-kerosene/ Blog Part 2: https://www.caricole.com/new-music-release-sarra-kerosene-ccvm-case-study-part-2/ Step 3 in Sarra’s plan is Industry. Step 1, was finding her voice, Step 2 was crafting and writing her record, and Step 3 is emerging ... Continue

New Music Release: Sarra “Kerosene” CCVM Case Study, Part 2

Aug 14, 2018

  By Cari Cole In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the evolution of meeting and working with Sarra, from inception to release. If you missed it, you can catch up with Part 1 here. Today, I’m talking about SARRA's revamped brand + image as part of her artist development process. Then I’ll give a quick update on Kerosene out in ... Continue

New Music Release: Sarra “Kerosene” CCVM Case Study, Part 1

Aug 07, 2018

by Cari Cole For the past three years, we’ve been quietly working behind the scenes developing artists and their records at CCVM with A & R sessions, cultivating a killer songwriting team and refining our process. While we've been working with emerging artists voices and record projects for over 3 decades, I took a stronger turn into spearheading a department at ... Continue

CCVM’s Best New Artist Scholarship Winner List & Scholarship Awards For July 2018

Aug 01, 2018

  OMG, I’m so blown away at the talent on the Best New Artist 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 shows your marketing ingenuity. Major praise goes ... Continue

10 Music Mistakes That Turn Fans Off

Jul 31, 2018

  By Cari Cole This list is not for everyone. It’s for you if you are ready to pull out all the stops and get serious about your career. It’s for you if you like to hear what no one else has the guts to tell you. This advice, which is my professional opinion comprised after 30 years of coaching thousands of ... Continue