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


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


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


Singing Like a Superstar: Legends & Lessons

Feb 17, 2016 | 6 Comments

by Cari Cole

Lately we’ve been watching Lady Gaga absolutely crush her vocals.

How did she go from a celebrity with a really good voice, to this newly evolved “superstar” status in a matter of the past 12 months?

What’s her secret?

It all started with her performance at the Oscars last year, February 22, 2015 when she performed “Sound of ... Continue


Your 10 Step Plan to Vocal Freedom in 2016

Dec 16, 2015 | 6 Comments

by Cari Cole

Most singers who come to work with me land in 1 of 3 categories.

Group 1 has basic problems making their voice sound good. They are either struggling with a pinched tight nasal sound or are singing from their throats and can’t stop. They often have a lot of tension in their jaw, tongue and neck muscles are are ... Continue