7 Step Guide to Creating Your Signature Sound for 2019

Nov 06, 2018

By Cari Cole As a singer-songwriter, defining your “sound” and “style” is essential to your success.  Not doing so could cost you your career. Often, young singers tell me they have trouble choosing a genre when they like to sing different kinds of music – and emerging artists can easily miss nailing the sound that could take them all the way ... Continue


CCVM Best New Song Scholarship & Winner List

Oct 31, 2018

OMG, I’m so blown away at the talent on the Best New Song 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


Songwriting Shop Talk: Writing Songs That Will Get You Discovered

Oct 23, 2018

  By Cari Cole Yeah, right. If everyone had their finger on how to write songs that will get you discovered, everyone would be a songwriting rock star. However, there is a lot that you can do to tip the scales in your favor, and I’m going to do my best to lay it out for you not from theory, but from ... Continue


5 Hacks to Better Songwriting: Avoid the Cliché and Find Your True Voice

Oct 16, 2018

By Cari Cole 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? A song that ... Continue


10 Steps To Turn Your Music Into A Brand Worth Following in 2018

Oct 01, 2018

By Cari Cole One of the key things I spoke about at the CD Baby Conference a few weeks ago in Nashville, is a subject that is seriously overlooked in today’s indie artist world. Everyone is shouting out about marketing and social media but no one is talking about the most important thing of all – your music and the importance ... Continue


Biggest Industry Myths That Block Your Music Career Success in 2018

Sep 25, 2018

By Cari Cole Day in day out I work with a constant stream of independent artists trying to make it in the business (and a few celebrities here and there.) And inevitably at some juncture, I hear the same contagious fears that spread through artist’s minds that only hold them hostage and keep them scared, depressed and down… way down. And, ... Continue


Your Breakthrough Record Scholarship Contest Winners 2018

OMG, I’m so blown away at the talent on the Your Breakthrough Record Scholarship Contest! 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 ... Continue


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