Singers: Top 5 Techniques to Belting, Without Destroying Your Vocal Cords

May 15, 2018

  By Cari Cole Belting. Power. Control. What singer doesn’t want that? But how do you do it without destroying your vocal cords? It’s all in your technique. There are fundamental mechanical things that need to be established in order to belt without ruining your voice. Naturally, this is best learned by studying with a pro vocal coach who knows how to teach ... Continue

Musicians: Staying True to Yourself and Following the Music First 🚀

May 08, 2018

  By Cari Cole I kinda hate the music business. Mostly for what it does to artists. Especially artists who have been in it for a bit. Surprising? Not really. Anyone who’s been in it for a bit, on the inside of the industry, knows that the companies don’t really care about artists and their focus is more on making money, not ... Continue

Make the Music You Want to Hear

May 01, 2018

  By Cari Cole Years ago at an ASCAP Expo, I heard Linda Perry tell the story during the making of K.T. Tunstall’s “Tigersuit”,  that she should stop worrying about pleasing her fans and her label, and instead, make the music she wanted to hear. That’s what made her a star in the first place. Pure Linda Perry genius. The question – are ... Continue

CCVM Best New Song Scholarship & Winner List

Apr 25, 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

The Power of Your Next Songwriting Collaboration

Apr 24, 2018

  By Cari Cole As an artist who wrote most of my own songs during my solo career, co-writing always seemed like a cop-out. I was a child of the days of the great solo songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen. I was more than hesitant to co-write, and when I did, the songs ... Continue

Musicians: 3 Ways to Hit Refresh & Rebrand Your Sound & Direction

Apr 17, 2018

  By Cari Cole In a slump? Plateauing with your music? You’ve been in it for a bit, this music thing, and you’re wondering how you can make an impact. Or maybe you’re hanging on by a thread wondering much longer you can keep doing this? Maybe you should go to massage school, or do web design. Or hey, maybe real estate ... Continue

The Ugly Truth About Record Labels: How They Kill Artistry and Instincts

Apr 10, 2018

  By Cari Cole We’ve all heard the stories. Some of us have lived the stories. It’s not pretty. This article is not for you if you want to stay in your bubble about the music business and pretend one day that you’ll get a deal and be a big star. Or maybe this article is for you ;). Imagine pouring your ... Continue

So You’ve Been on The Voice, Now What?

Apr 03, 2018

  By Cari Cole The music business is a complex place to navigate, often with high investment and little return. Unless you’re the world’s biggest hustler and you manage to figure out how to make some money here and there - enough to stay in the game. Or, the big dream - if you can hang in long enough to cash in ... Continue

6 Quick and Effective Ways to Build Your Career While You’re Out On The Road

Mar 27, 2018

  By Cari Cole You’re a musician. You hustle. All the time. You work your ass off to keep pushing towards those goals. Hoping and praying you’re on the right track. You’re on tour. LOVING IT. You are a badass #boss #bitch out there killing it!!! Nothing is better than connecting with your fans, crushing your stage show night after night, moving ... Continue

CCVM’s Step UP to the Spotlight Contest Winner List & Scholarship Awards 2018

Mar 21, 2018

  Blown away and deeply inspired. That’s how I feel right now after reviewing the 2018 Step Up to the Spotlight Contest entries. Thank you for submitting your precious song babies!! One of the things that moved me the most was how hard all of you work on your music 24/7. Thank you. We’ve watched over four dozen entries! And I gotta say, it was ... Continue