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

Photo Credit: Toba.com

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

Artists, Musicians + Songwriters: How To Ace Your Next Song Presentation

Jan 21, 2015

by Cari Cole


As a songwriter, musician or artist, it’s often difficult to know which songs to present. Should you show your best song first even if that means the more artistic deeper song that might not show commerciality or the uptempo commercial song that might not showcase your deeper artistry as a writer? Is it different when you ... Continue

101 Things Every Musician Needs To Know In 2015

Dec 30, 2014 | 10 Comments

by Cari Cole


I cut my teeth in this business first by being a musician and artist, and second by being one of the top vocal coaches in the world for almost 3 decades now in New York City.

There’s one thing I know for sure. You can market ‘til you are blue in the face – hire ... Continue

Your Music Is A Love Affair

Sep 30, 2014

by Cari Cole



The relationship between you, the artist, and your music is not necessarily an easy one. Just because you can write your own songs doesn’t mean you love how they turn out.


Sounds weird huh? But it’s true. It takes a while of writing songs before they start coming out the way you hear them in ... Continue

Writing Better Lyrics: Moving Past the Cliche and Into Your True Voice

May 15, 2013

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 “speaks” your ... Continue

Music Icons To Judge 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Sep 07, 2012

Tom Waits, Nas, Martina McBride, McCoy Tyner, Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin, Janelle Monae, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, And Many More Join ISC’s Judging Panel


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has again assembled a diverse panel of judges that consists of some of the most iconic artists in the world coupled with influential music executives from all walks of the industry. ... Continue

Someone Like You

Aug 30, 2011 | 7 Comments

by Cari Cole


What happened to the days when a song burned through you like a fire so deep you couldn’t sleep? It isn’t often that’s for sure. And then came Adele… and Someone Like You.

Blew us all away.

This kind of songwriting is what I live for. Thanks to Adele for baring her wounds like that and Dan Wilson for helping ... Continue