Songwriting Shop Talk: A Song Has 15 Seconds To Impact and Impress

Jan 23, 2017 | 1 Comment



By Cari Cole



People ask me all of the time, “what’s the most important thing in knocking down those doors or making your career rock? There’s so many things to focus on, what’s the most important?

Is it social media? A strong live show? A great brand? A great album? Do you need an album?

Well, ya kind of need ... 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



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

You’re Only One Song Away

May 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole



So you may have heard it said (or not), but the truth about your success in music is only one song away. All you really need is that one song to make your mark.

And sadly, it’s so easy to get lost in the chatter out there and think that marketing and branding are the key to ... 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

3 Components of Songs that Crush the Competition

Feb 09, 2016

by Cari Cole



Everyone can write a song. But what makes a song land in our solar plexus and stick there ….on repeat, or even .…constant loop??

It’s more than clever lyrics and beats, although the accoutrements of the right production are paramount. But a great production without a great melody or lyric fall short in the long run. As artists, ... Continue

A New Trend in Music Videos: Using Star Power for Social Statements

Dec 08, 2015 | 11 Comments

by Cari Cole

Music reflects life. And at certain times in our world’s history, music comes to the fore expressing opinions and bringing to light important social topics as we move through them. As social movements for peace and justice rise up, once again, music is bringing the messages of the people to the fore. This time the social focus is ... Continue

The Alchemy of Adele: Bringing Soul, Substance and Guts to Music. Raw, Real and Vulnerable

Oct 28, 2015 | 11 Comments

by Cari Cole

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One of the most successful albums of our time sold 30 million worldwide, and did so without touring. That album hit us square in the solar plexus and resonated like a divining rod straight into our hearts. It spoke so intimately, as if the writer/s knew us personally. Some say it’s her incredible rich, expressive, mystical, ... Continue

The Best Music Advice I Was Ever Given

Jul 22, 2015 | 7 Comments

by Cari Cole


To follow up on a recent well received blog last week: The Worst Music Advice I Was Ever Given, this week I thought it fun to contrast that with The Best Music Advice I Was Ever Given.

A few days ago I spoke to a fledgling artist trying to make it, like so many. And ... Continue