Finding Where You Fit In the Music Industry & Carving Your Unique Path

May 02, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

Music is not a one-size-fits-all industry. It’s not only for pop radio. No, no, no. There’s all kinds of music. There’s Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cuban, Chant & Devotional music, Classical jazz, Piano music (I love Dustin O’Halloran), Big Band, Punk, Goth – I could go on and on and on and on. When it comes to music, it’s all ... Continue


The Metamorphosis of a Modern Musician, Part I

Mar 28, 2017 | 4 Comments

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

 

Metamorphosis. Also called transformation. A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog. In a human, the changing ... Continue


The New A & R Model: How to Get Thousands of Fans and Major Industry Attention Without Signing a Record Deal or Selling Out

Feb 07, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

 

 

The music business has left artists by the wayside. Fraught with the pressures of making money in the wake of streams, free downloads and a singles market, that followed a long reign of “the album”, the industry is no longer willing to fork over cash for much needed A & R. As a result, artists are left on ... Continue


3 Secrets to Make Your Fans Obsessed with Your Music

Jan 09, 2017

 

by Cari Cole

As a musician today, you really are pure potential. There is nothing standing in your way. Not connections, not money, not time. And as an artist, you are THE most important thing that makes this industry tick. Without you, there IS no music.

So no matter what anyone tells you or how they treat you, YOU ... Continue


Music Shop Talk: Exposing 3 Musician Shadow Sides, and How to Stop Self Sabotage

Dec 06, 2016 | 2 Comments

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

 

Just to be a musician is to fight the shadow. It’s a battle, first with yourself, and then to keep your artistry intact as you plunge into the music business, alongside the many odds stacked up against you. From your own roller coaster confidence, to standing up to those who don’t believe in you or think you’re indulging ... Continue


6 Steps to Vocal Freedom in 6 Months

Nov 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

 

By Cari Cole

 

When Lady Gaga was training for her Oscar performance early in 2016, she decided she wanted to make a serious impression. She was, after all, singing the “Sound of Music” — I mean who covers Julie Andrews in front of millions of people at one of the entertainment industry’s biggest events of the year? But she was super ... Continue


Why Songwriting and Record Making Should Not Be A Solo Journey

Sep 20, 2016

By Cari Cole

 

 

DIY has been a good thing for the music industry. It has allowed artists to release their own music and get out there direct to fans. But there is a huge downside. And that is, that the material going out is half baked and not worked on enough to get to great. There is a sea of independent ... Continue


Songwriting Shop Talk: Writing Songs That Will Get You Discovered

Sep 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

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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 ... Continue


Songwriting Shop Talk: Deep Diving and Mining for Gold

Aug 31, 2016

By Cari Cole

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again that we host another one of our popular Signature Songwriting Circles. Songwriters, artists, music producers and creators come together to co-write 26 songs in 26 weeks. Not something most songwriters (unless they live in Nashville) are prone to do. It’s a fast paced, professional community where songwriters cut their teeth on their ... Continue


The Misplaced Musician: Don’t Miss Your Calling

Aug 09, 2016

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

Every day, amidst the hustle and bustle of the music industry, I come across handfuls of super talented artists — who should be out there more than they are. It’s painful actually. It reminds me of my career, and oh, how I wish I knew then what I know now.

 

But I realize that they just haven’t found their ... Continue