Songs of faith, songs of transformation, songs that blaze a journey back to the heart and seed "the vision of a new dream" - this is the gift of "The Circle of Fire," the debut CD by singer-songwriter Cari Cole, inspired by the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz (NY Times best-selling author of "The Four Agreements") and released on Amber-Allen Publishing. An oasis of hope and healing that reflects a passion for life and the power of love, "The Circle of Fire" is like the voice of an angel lighting the depths of our soul through song.
A musical alchemy of classic original songwriting merging elements of pop, folk, rock, and jazz with a contemporary new age twist, Cari Cole interweaves her unique artistry, sonic vision, and poetry of spirit into an expansive work. Compelling vocals soar and illuminate with poignant melodies that feel profoundly familiar and make the heart yearn with recognition. Musical traces call to mind echoes of artists as diverse as Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Enya, and Celine Dion as if seamlessly spun into one. Cari Cole is a master singer with a voice that is distinctly her own, emanating a power and grace that is nothing less than magical.
"The Circle of Fire" is rich in instrumental texture but beautifully spacious, honoring the integrity of its songwriting, which is as timeless as groundbreaking works like Carole King's "Tapestry" or Joni Mitchell's "Blue". Producer Paul St. James has created a definitive soundscape for a music that transcends trend and a record that is highly accessible while remaining true to its authenticity and intent. Rooted by Cari's exquisite piano, acoustic guitar, and gorgeous vocals, and sculpted by the fretless bass work of Paul St. James and Larry Saltzman's ambient guitars, the CD hosts a spectrum of musical color in arrangements of violin, native American flute, and melodic drums and percussion that flow throughout.
"The Circle of Fire" embraces a wide audience with songs that are both universal and deeply personal all at once. It is a record that speaks to all time, but to our time especially now. The CD's title song is a musical composition created for The Circle of Fire Prayer written by Toltec Master don Miguel Ruiz. It is a call to our divinity and a call to dream, resonating like a great divining rod towards the road back to ourselves and each other. "The Circle of Fire" CD is an opus of love and Cari Cole is its 'soul singer', with a music that transforms the listener like gold through the flame, in songs of heaven on earth.
"Cari's music inspires us to live the vision of a new dream; the dream of heaven on earth". Don Miguel Ruiz, author of the NY Times bestselling book, The Four Agreements.
Originally from Minneapolis, Cari Cole has been a musician and songwriter for most of her life, exploring a variety of musical endeavors through her early beginnings - performing, leading, and collaborating with several well known New York bands. A former soloist in The Metro Mass Choir of New York City, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and The Apollo Theatre and has shared the stage with legendary singers such as Cissy Houston and Martha Wash to name a few. Although she is best known as a vocalist and songwriter, Cari is also a versatile musician : playing piano, acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, and flute. In the teaching arts, she is regarded as one of the most notable in voice studies, working with four time Grammy Award winning recording artist Donald Fagen and the legendary band of JOURNEY among others.
"Beautiful Life", the first cut from The Circle of Fire record, joined Annie Lennox, Evanescence and Sarah McLachlan on the Grammy 2004 Nominations Ballot for the BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE!
Cari Cole, The Circle of Fire (© 2002 Amber-Allen/Thirst for Life)
NYRock.com, by Bill Ribas
You know, there are singers like Celine Dion, who belt out big pop hits like that "Titanic" number, and Enya, who makes big swoopy new-age stuff that just leaks out of the speakers. Cari Cole's disc is similar, but for whatever reason doesn't grate on my ears like the aforementioned. Her inspiration for this disc comes from don Miguel Ruiz's book, "The Four Agreements," and the result is a healing/holistic disc with absolutely gorgeous vocals. Cole, a former soloist for the Metro Mass Choir in NYC, has a voice that is pure in tone and a pleasure to listen to. And though the instrumentation and arrangement of the songs here are lush, they aren't overbearing, or weighed down by tons of reverb, or inundated with strings. The result is a calm listening experience, kind of a massage for the ears and skull. Much in the way a good cup of tea takes the edge off an ugly day, so does Cole soothe your soul. Even if the lyrics are too preachy or touchy feely for you (I'm not ready for salvation yet), the sonic beauty and Cole's voice will please. www.caricole.com
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"Cari's music inspires us to live the vision of a new dream: the dream of heaven on earth."
-don Miguel Ruiz, New York Times bestselling author of The Four Agreements.
In case I haven't told you…. your CD is breath taking. I put your website link in the pod discussion I did about true love. (It is also in my blog).You have a tremendous gift!I'm serious. I know so very many musicians and singers and I'm a picky wench when it comes to the tone of someone's voice. You've got this gorgeous powerful, clear and bell like tone to your voice with a heart full of resonance. It is an inviting voice and quite spell binding. I feel like Spirit picked an awesome soul to deliver a message when you were chosen to sing!
WOW, what a gift you have! I checked your profile cause you seemed to be *everybodys* friend, then I listened to your MP3 stream, downloaded your album from ITunes, and I'm won over, I have a new favorite singer/songwriter. I love it that you know and sing about how all that we seek is right in front of us, right here, right now. You say in your songs what it took me a lifetime to figure out.
OMG!!! You've brought tears to my eyes, and all I did was listen to the music on your myspace.com.
Sounds are the building blocks of the Universe….your sounds pierced through my soul…
Oh my gosh.. i love it. You have a crisp voice, and the guitar sounds amazing. This is the kind of music I usually listen to when i'm driving or when I'm home alone.
the lyrics are inspiring.
Thank you so much, Cari. I would love to get your CD and if you ever decide to come to Toronto, let me know.
have a wonderful weekend of rest and fun,
Hey Cari! Your music is beautiful!
I love The Four Agreements (and Mastery of Love)! And I did not know there was a companion CD either. It's great! I love conscious lyrics! I'll get it on iTunes.
Joy to you and your music. I'll forward your site to my friends. :)
In love and light,
Your music is beautiful. I went to the myspace page and listened all evening. It helped me shift my energy. Very awesome! I will put a link on my webpage if you want. That way, my clients will be directed to you! Wonderful! I'll have to purchase the CD..
Anyway, keep on creating!
I got your CD about a week ago and I have been listening to it every time I get in my car. It is beautiful and I especially love “The Lord's Prayer.” Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world.
In love and light,
Your music is absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous vocals, and profound lyrics. THANK YOU so much for contacting me and inviting me to network. We do have a lot in common! I read the Four Agreements in 2000, and it really had an impact on my life too. I read it several times and underlined it and let others borrow it. I was in my undergraduate degree for music at the time when I first read it, a particularly tough time, and the messages carried me through those years. You radiate love and compassion, and your angelic music shimmers with the light of your soul!
I feel blessed to meet you and hear your music!
I will spread, and share your music with my family and friends!
Oh Cari! Your voice is the voice of angels. Thank you so much for sending that beautiful song. I will cherish it and can't wait to get a copy of the cd. I bookmarked your site and registered on it. And The Four Agreements is one of my all-time favorite books. It gave me a jolt to read that on your profile. And to have kudos from don Miguel Ruiz, well, I am in awe. You are a truly special soul on the planet!
We read that book to our children when it first came out. We were homeschooling them. And I recently bought another copy just for me now that I'm divorced and on my own, so finding your music is like being given the keys to heaven.
Thank you so much for accepting my invitation to friendship here. It means the world to me too. I am simply in awe of this place and all the wondrous people in it. I feel as though I have found the home I've long been looking for.
Thank you dear soul. You have showered me with grace with your beautiful voice.
Thank you Cari,
I have a fondness for the 4 Agreements, it’s the first “spiritual” book I ever read. I think I bought at least 8 copies over the years, that were all give-aways to people I love. I’ll have a look and listen to your site. BTW, I love your “tree hugger” photo :)
Have a lovely day
I went and listened to your music and I will tell you that you have a new fan. I have to say that I am very selective in what I listen to, and what I allow to enter my ears. I am very aware of the direct energy which is flowed through music and which is effected by the energy of the lyrics as well.As you know, “Say only what you mean. The word is the most powerful tool we have as humans.”(The Four Agreements) and as an artist you are sending out energy along with your music. In my opinion, your music and lyrics carry divine energy, which I truly appreciate.
I feel fortunate and greatful for having met such a wonderful soul, and I wish you much success in sharing the sacred energy of your creative expression.
Your music is beautiful!
I will definitely register with your site (when I’m at the office and not trudging along with this “old-fashioned” dial-up), but I couldn’t wait to say how much I enjoy your music. Not just the quality of lyrics and instrumentation, but the whole story infusing it with power and grace. I love that you went and spent time with Ruiz and how your work with him as a mentor has opened up your vision for your music.
"I rotate three CD's in my CD changer; Norah Jones' Come Away With Me; Eva Cassidy's Songbird and Cari Cole's Circle of Fire record!
-Kelly Steele - McLean, Virginia
That was EXTRAORDINARY. I'm not usually into the whole Sarah McLauchlan genre of music, either, so I wasn't expecting to be so blown away. I hope you don't mind; I forwarded the mp3 on to a few others members of the Zaadz team as a little bit of Monday morning inspiration.
Siona / Zaadz Team
I listened to your song when I got home and don't know if there's anything left to say that you haven't heard already. When it first began, I kind of let out a semi-obnoxious whoa! (only obnoxious if one is with a meek and wise teacher.. tee hee!) It's beautiful Cari. I understand the need we all have to compare ourselves to those who have made it before us as a point of reference for those who might come to adore us as well. But you need not be compared to Sarah or Jewel. You are as unique as they are. I would say that you are on their even level, but why not just say that they are on your even level? It's the same really. I've only been on this forum for a little while and already I'm meeting creative people who I will consider lifelong friends if I have anything to say about it. And just to let you know, I registered a few days before I contacted you. Keep up the amazing work new friend.. and divine lady.
i want to say that your music is so amazingly beautiful. as i listen i can feel it resonate throughout my being. it feels like love. thank you.
peace, love, and joy to you.
thank you for sharing you music… your beautiful voice with the world. all of our hearts need to be touched with such healing vibrations!! enjoy your day! michelle
Great music Cari,
Thank you for that sister. I appreciate that. Keep up the good work and great music.
Love and Blessings,
I just took a quick peek at your site and I must say wow. You have a fantastic voice. I really felt your song.
Its funny, my music list does not even begin to touch on the things I enjoy. My husband and I produced a local TV show that focused entertainment along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I met so many great people and developed a deeper appreciation for those in music.
Cari that is a lovely piece of music! and lovely singing from the soul. Beautiful is an appropriate title.
many blessings in your path as a spiritually inspired musician!
Thank you so much for the “Beautiful” gift of your song and voice. I just listened to it this morning and what a great song to start off my day/week. What a true inspiration you are! I will pass on your website to my on and offline friends :) If you ever get to the Midwest on tour, Madison has a bunch of great venues to play in. I live just South of Madison in the great Village of Oregon with my wonderful wife and children.
Let's keep rockin' and maybe we can get the rest of the world to wake up too!
Peace ~ Mike
Beautiful to hear you and from you, Cari! Of course I hear the “sisterly” vocal resonance to Sarah and Jewel, the former especially. As the site stabililized and I listened, a little underground spring of love burbled up from the secret inner recesses of my heart. I like very much your musical connection to a text and its author. I will check out The Four Agreements. Well, thanks again for your message and music. Have a wonderful moment, hour, day, month, year, life! ;-)
Hello Cari :)
Thank you very much for your mail, and sharing your wonderful music with me. I am listening your silky voice at the moment and I really love it. You are very talented and I want to applaud you, I am really affected by your creativity, and inspiration.
I am on the site now, listening to you. You do sound so much like the singer of the “Cranberries”. Iam not sure if you know them. Beautiful voice! I think I would be interested in buying a cd actually in the near future. I may not listen to it every day, but I wish to encourage you, because I think if we had more musicians, there definitely would be less wars and crime.
peace and inspiration…
your new zaadster :)
Thank you for sharing your beautiful, incredible music! What a gift! I have a dear friend who gave me The Four Agreements a few years ago. Now, I can give her your beautiful CD! She will love it. I am happy for you birthing such a wonderful project - singing from your Soul and sharing something special with the world.
I appreciate your sharing it with me!
With loving kindness,
I have heard of you before. When I was living in CA, a very dear friend of mine (Marianne Alderette) who lives the Toltec way had your CD and played a couple songs for me. I loved it then and I love it now! You have such a beautiful voice and a way with lyrics. I love Sarah and Jewel. I sing at the church I go to and have done songs from both artists. I will have to order your CD and maybe do one of your songs there too, if you don't mind. When I actually record some of my songs, I will surely share them with you.
Thanks you so much for contacting me. I hope you make many many connections through Zaads so you can share your wonderful gift.
I just finished reading don Miguel's The Voice of Knowledge and it also has been very moving/enlightening.
Your music is awesome! Musically talented people just amaze me and it is so cool to know that there is music inspired by The Four Agreements!
I am going to have to pick up a copy of your CD, because I need inspiration every day to remind me of heaven on Earth.
You are blessed and full of Light!
Thanks for your heart felt invitation,
I listened to the song on your website. It was very beautiful and your voice reflects your connection with what you write. While I appreciate very much the words (I love them) I hear an energy in music… a vibration and that vibe (to be somewhat cliche) says way more about the energy of the spirit reaching out. I loved your reaching out. It is life and love affirming I felt beyond the words.
Thank you for you loving attention and contact.
Have the greatest weekend!
Hiya Cari. Your voice is hypnotic, magnificent. One can tell that you've worked very hard to hone your most incredible abilities. I've just become a big fan, my friend. I cannot wait to become more acquainted with your work, and to also learn more about your beliefs and life and times. Be well, majestic songstress.
your music is gorgeous. the sound of your voice tempted my boyfriend away from his book yesterday. now that's powerful.
Dear Cari, I just got in from my day… I took your CD with me and listened to your beautiful voice while I was running around doing all that I had to do this day. Let me just tell you that every song moved me… from your exquisite voice to the words to the melodies. Your music reached straight into my heart and soul brought tears to my eyes and filled me with a myriad of emotions… especially gratitude for all that is opening in my own life at this time. Your music was a perfect gift. These word that I am writing to you don’t even touch how I feel about listening to your music. Truly your voice is a most blessed gift you have to share. I hope you go far and wide touching others as you have touched me.
Many many blessings,
LOVE your music! It is of such depth without sounding “sappy”, as truly meaningful music often can. I’ve bought a copy of Circle of Fire, and can’t wait to pop it into my player! How wonderfully integral of you to marry your spiritual and musical endeavours! I wouldn’t compare your voice to Sara Mclaughlin’s though. I thought “Jewel” at first, but the more I listened, your uniqueness revealed itself. Your singing is beautifully skilled, and polished, yet remains accessible and human… an absolutely first-rate union of vocal gift and vocal training, and rather uncomparable, IMHO :)
wouldn't it be nice if THAT sort of music was the focus of our grammy's? imagine that being the world we lived in. nice that you are working to put consciousness out with your voice and performance.
I had a chance to listen to one of your songs when I clicked on your link and have to tell you that it gave me GOOSE BUMPS! That says it all for me! I look forward to hearing more! I can really FEEL the energy you have put into your music and thank you for sharing that with the rest of us who like to listen! What a wonderful way to use your talent by sharing it with the rest of the world! And, Zaadz, what a perfect venue!!!!!
Music is the most important aspect of my life. Without it, I don't know how I would survive, it has such an impact on my whole being. And I am forever grateful to those of you out there in the world that have the talent and courage to share your inner feelings with the rest of us! Can you imagine how many people you have affected so far? What an honor, eh?
Thank you. I wish you only the best. Your voice has magic in it and I know will resonate with so many of us out there just craving to hear! Keep up the great work. I'm honored to be included in your list of fans!
Wohoh love your music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sit back and relax………….. Shiva
BEAUTIFUL! I just listened to the track you sent me ~ divine vibrations of a soothing soul ~ kudos ~ I thank you, indeed!
Thank you so much for contacting me and sharing your beautiful voice and music which was really well produced…
When I get further along on my visionaries documentary, I would like to consider using one of your songs…as I am certain there is one that will perfectly fit….
Wow. let me just tell you, your music is amazing. it’s so positive! i will have to expose my students to it. i’m a teacher. the four agreements have impacted my life as well. and some of my students as well. Where can i hear more of your music? i would love to see it live. thank you for sharing yourself with me. your music is like a soul hug!
The Four Agreements is such a special work, and your album inspired by that book is incredibly lovely. What a wonderful combination you have – doing great work in the world and using music as your medium. That's about a perfect duo in my book!
Re: Circle of Fire, INTERESTING! Well keep up the good work.. you're changing everyone.
I'm sure you've been paid this complement many times before but I truly think it's phenomenal that you have set a life goal to change the world through your music and that you're actually going for it 100%. I admire you for that.
I'm listening to your angelic voice now as I type! WOW!! :) You truly have a great voice and message. Thank you! My mom (CellaD) has told me about you. I am sooooooooo loving your spirit connection with Don Miguel Ruiz. He's books and teachings have been life changing for me and my family! How can I download your music or buy your CD or even add your music to my Zaadz page like Brian has? I'd love to listen to you in my ipod too! : )
Love and fun,
Kbass : )
I had no idea there was a cd of music inspired by the book! That is so cool and your voice is beautiful too. How cool! I will defintely pick up a copy.
Bright blessings, Bhrigha
Wow, your voice is amazing and your music is beautiful! I used to work for a record company and it makes me so happy when someone says that they have music out there and then it turns out to be something awesome. Thank you for your music and for your lovely words!
WOW! Thanks so much for your message and the friend invite - which I am more than happy to accept. Don Miguel Ruiz literally changed my life when I read “The Mastery of Love” – his messages are so simple but so profound. Reading that book really helped me put things in perspective during my divorce and pull myself together. Checked out your site and your music is incredible! I just listened to “Beautiful Life” and wow, you have such a talent, Cari! Thank you for sharing your voice with the world (and with me!)Look forward to getting to know you better!
Beautiful Music!!! Great work! I am a big fan of Sarah Mclaughlin, and have been blessed to be on tour with her a short while. You do sound a lot like her. Beautiful voice. I'd love to be on your list, so I can know what your updates are etc.
Thank you for the invitation!
You are beautiful, your voice is beautiful….
As I listen to you………”Whoever you are is enough”…”Beautiful Life”…”Another heart has found the way home”…..have something a little extra…that extra special vibration….something more…..these immediately resonate….these are already top hits…I know this…I will forward you to all….thank you…:)
Even though the CDs came a few days ago – today was the first real opportunity i’ve had to listen — really listen. It is all so beautiful. I’m listening to “A Million Kisses” right now. Very beautiful. Your poetry and wisdom is very strong. I love THERE IS LOVE IN YOU — so powerful — We are stardust - - - Cari – this is really wonderful music – wonderful energy. Every Second — Every Heartbeat – Wonder-full
Suffice to say, I’m enjoying listening - - - Let me know when you’re coming to Florida,
Thanks for sharing The Circle of Fire MP3 with me. I loved it, and promptly went to your web site and purchased the CD. And I shared word of it with two of my closest friends.
I'd be happy to share the word further, as well, through my Sacred Sisters, Wise Women blog, which has a growing following. Wishing you very well!
Love and blessings, Jamie
Thanks for the invite. I listened to your music and it it sounds great. Beautiful songs and great production. Sounds like you really poured your heart and soul into it. The world needs inspirational music of a spiritual nature more than ever, especially music that is performed at a world class level.
Wow, that was one of the best friend requests I have gotten on ANY social networking site. Thanks for taking the time to write so much. I wasn't sure if it was one that you used to send out to multiple folks and even THAT was ok b/c I could hear your heart singing through.
I took a quick listen to your music and it’s fantastic. I can’t wait to hear more. I am a theatre actress and writer myself, and lots of my friends are musicians. I can already feel great success your way– the tides are changing and people want to hear this kind of music; especially from a smoking hot chick with a fab voice :).
Great to meet you!
I'm really pleased to get to know you and specially interested in the music you mention. I am going to listen to it right away. I have read Don Miguel's teachings and I like what he says so your joint effort is bound to be inspiring.
Good G'd, what a beautiful voice have you got Cari. And what a real artist you are.
Thank you so much for sharing this with me.
Fondest regards, Catharina, Greece
Hi, I just listened to your song, thank you. You express things beautifully. While there are people such as you, there's hope…
Love and Blessings to you.
Thanks for such wonderful music, its so relaxing and refreshing to listen to your words as they flow with such ease .Your C.D sounds great …
Hey Cari, you are truely divine. and what a stunner to boot. i would love an MP3 of all the songs girl…. You should be heard in South Africa… I haven't read the Four Agreements… So you clearly recommend it? :) Look forward to hearing from you and well done for your profile. I loved your soul straight away.
Thank you so much for your invitation! I visited your website, listened to your songs, and I truly enjoyed them. Now I listed most of the time to a peaceful music, that calms me, new age music, with high vibrations….I buy songs on iTunes so I will look you up there. I hope I will read more about you soon!
Thank you so much for the invite. In fact, I have seen you around and just never got around to contacting you yet. I love music and I admire your work! Thanks for sharing your sound, I will definitely find you on iTunes. Healing is my life, and music is definitely a big part of that.
Thanks so much for introducing yourself and sharing your project. I am so familiar with the four agreements and with the writings Don Miguel Ruiz, in fact … I am starting the Mastery of Love….what not a better idea then to transform this wisdom into song so that it can be spread throughout and open up others to these ancient belief/meanings.
I will definately check out your website in depth as I want to take my time and get as much information/understanding as possible and be able to listen to your music without any interruptions….…thank you so much and Wow, what a wonderful opportunity you have had to work with such a beautiful soul/ teacher as Don Miguel Ruiz…
I listened to the MP3 song you offer and loved it!! You have a beautiful clear voice that is as strong as your lyrics.. it's beautiful how you sing about embracing all your emotions.
Have a wonderful day, Jenn
Wow, that music is beautiful. I found you on MySpace real quick, and now I'm listening.
I've been thinking for ages that the world needs musicians doing this work. It's awesome that you are. =] Love, Andi
Very nice to virtually meet you. I love the energy of “Beautiful Life”. You've got an amazing voice that radiates compassion. And yes I do resonate quite well with your inspirational music. I'm ordering your cd “The Circle of Fire” now and look forward to hearing it all. BTW, thank you for the kind words. I think your awesome for following your passion, and supporting such a profound message as don Miguel Ruiz has given the world. And I know your cds will inspire millions. Keep up the wonderful work:)
Oh my goodness!!!! How blessed I am that you sent me a friend invitation and a link to your site! I've been moved to tears listening to the sound bites on your site, they are wonderful, your voice is BEAUTIFUL and your songs are WONDERFUL! Well, thanks for the invite and I wish you much continued success!
“est Deus in Nobis”
you are beautiful, your voice is beautiful, and you are doing beautiful things in our world. I wish you the very best in all ways! Thanks for writing me.
Went to your site and it (and the music!) are incredible. I’ve never even read “the Four Agreements” though I’ve seen it everywhere…now I’ll need to go look for it …lets go change the world together!
Quite a beautiful life indeed! really enjoyed listening to you sing. thank you so much for the invite. i also watched your the two videos of you performing. you look so content up there on stage. so cool to see someone doing what they love.
thank you so much for the invitation and music. i was able to sneak in a quick listen at work this morning. your voice is absolutely amazing. it’s also refreshing to hear someone sing with their soul; you can tell you sincerely mean what you sing from the bottom of your heart. it’s sad that such depth is lacking in our popular music.
Im honored that you found my page something that you resonated with. Thank you!
I went out to your web page and listened to the song and it made me want to cry! you have such a beautiful voice and the words were just what I needed to hear today. Music has always been such a healer for me and part of the work I do encompasses sound healing with intuitive bodywork….and chant and mantras have been calling to me big time lately as well as toning into peoples body to assist in releasing things. So your cd once again brought that to my mind that I need to find the teacher who is waiting for me! Thank you! It is my great honor to accept your invitation as a friend. Thank you for the gifts that you are bringing to the world and touching people with your song. You are truly a gift!
much love and light and cosmic mother hugs,
PS - I forgot to mention that I ordered your cd on the spot as of listening to the first song!
I LOVE YOU. I have your cd circle of fire. I start every single day with your cd. I wake up in the morning and your songs are the first sounds that I hear. I am so grateful for you. Your music has changed me for the good!!!!!! Love it, Love Love Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You Rock Girlfriend!!!!!!
Live Love and Laugh out Loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your music is just beautiful! I listened to it several times tonight and found myself not only singing along, but feeling really good during it. The words actually put me in a more positive frame of mind. I love that! We need music like this in our world. This is something I can play at work (the school) that is inspiring for me and my students. You truly have a gift!
Peace and Light, Beth
You have the voice of an angel and the most beautiful loving heart. I went to your site three different times and listened to the songs off of your cd. They're all phenomenal. It's like you're reaching down into my soul and just embracing and captivating my heart. Your song Beautiful Life is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations on all that you've manifested for yourself in your life. You have the most radiant light and it is an honor to have the opportunity to bask in it (via your voice).I'm also a big fan of Jackson Browne, Patty Griffin, and Neil Young…their music is amazing…timeless. Michael
Thank You so much for sharing that song with me, it's honestly become my new most loved song. The words, the melody, your voice, all so perfect! This is the kind of music that helps us all remember the beauty (oddly I'd just wrote a blog saying something about that before I got your message). Thank You again for this prized gift.
Love & Peace
Your music is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I own a retail shop and Wine/Tapas Bar in a tourist town in Northern Wisconsin. I have a small music section and would be interested in stocking your CD. This time of year I'm not buying much inventory, but as I get closer to spring…
Thanks for the invite and I look forward to knowing you better.
I'm so glad you found me and decided to say hello. Thanks for the cool remarks! How did you know…'The Four Agreements' was among the first spiritual books I picked up and read? It is truly a beautiful and inspirational book, and I sell quite a few of them. So happens I work at the local Barnes & Noble here in Ft. Lauderdale, and I work specifically in the spiritual/New Age area, so I am very familiar with these books. I've feasted on these books for several years and have found out one thing, I can be addicted to anything, even God…So Im taking a break for now….Anyway, I went to your website and listened to your CD and I really love it. It's so me, I feel like you (and Don) made it just for me. I'm going to go in to work today and place my order. I'll talk to Dan, our music manager, and see what I can do.
Oh, WOW! I love it!!! I will gladly buy a CD from you! The words are phenomenal…. and your voice is stunning! THANK YOU so much for reaching out to me and introducing yourself! I am quite thrilled to have met you!
Thank you so much for the invitation. I went to your site and heard some excerpts of your beautiful music. You have a terrific voice, and I liked the songs. I think that it is great what you are doing with your music and the place you are coming from. I am honored to have you as a friend. I admire your passion for your art, spirit, and life. I will be happy to share your music and website with my other friends too. I think that they should know about you.
I know of Don Miguel Ruiz, but I have not read his works. I will do so now because of you. I have had his name and writings come up several times recently, so I take that as a synchronicity and a message to check him out.
I am currently listening to your music! It is so awesome!!! I love the lyrics and WOW it is just completely awesome!!! You are just so amazing!
Thank you and best of luck to you too. Thanks so much!
I love your music! I look forward to hearing more.
Thank you,Blessings of Peace and Healing,
Hi Cari ;)
Thanks for your invitation and your appreciation :)
I went to your site just now and loved the music…it's a good fit for using in my work…
"Listening to this CD for the first time was a transformative experience. I felt so inspired about my life and my connection to the world around me. Thank you."
-Sabrina in NYC
"This music is of critical importance in the time we are in. It's like a light in the dark and it makes me feel grateful and hopeful, gives me a sense of peace and well being."
-Ellie Sarty, Esmedia
"Cari has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. The lyrics are straight from the heart."
-Margo Carrera, Amazon.com review
"Beautiful Life" a perfect song to begin the new year with. It inspires and uplifts. "The Circle of Fire" is a CD that renews hope in these troubled times."
-Maureen Neville (DJ - WJFF)
"I love it!"
-Lee Abrams, Senior Vice President and Chief Programming Officer of XM Radio
"Putting on the CD, The Circle of Fire is entering an experience of Love. As Cari sings, "in every moment, There is Love in You." The music lingers on long after and her words waft through my consciousness. Cari's vocals and beautiful musical accompaniment are clear, strong, spiritual yet distinctly human. She sings of the ache and longing for the human spirit to soar! I thank Cari for bringing Spirit to light and life."
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"We have been listening to your CD almost every day since receiving it. We cannot adequately express with words the wonderful gift your music has been for us. The tears flow often, in awe and gratitude for life, love, and the joy that we are alive. I gave your CD to a friend as a gift, and she listens to it every morning as a way to start her day. Thank you so much, Cari, for sharing your gift with the world!"
-Dan and Gretchen Bradley / Oregon
"Cari brings a healing spirit and soothing seduction to her art..."
"I am playing the song Beautiful Life again this Sunday morning on 91.9 FM. I really can't explain what happened when I initially played your record. A certain sense of abundance, joy and warmth filled me that I can't explain. It was a feeling of being in the Circle of Fire. For the first time in a long while I could understand a lot of things that I have not been able to understand. Thank you for your music."
-David Ross, DJ Mixx, www.nyc919fm.com
"I've been listening to your record for 2 days straight now. It is absolutely beautiful and refreshing!"
-Chay Alexander, Look Alike Productions, producer
"I am really, really glad to have met and connected with you at the GEMS Summit in NY, 3/03. You have a remarkable warmth and presence about you and your music shows it."
-Andrew Kaen, photographer
"I must tell you again how much I love your record. It has not left my CD changer. You guys really did a fantastic job."
-Bill Maier, songwriter
"Cari Coles' music is filled with the expression of love and creates that emotional quality where ever it is heard. It is music that awakens the heart."
-Rita Rivera, master teacher of The Four Agreements
"Your CD is always in our CD player. I love it...every song is great!"
-Debbie Tassone., singer/songwriter/mother
"Thank you so much for changing my life. My children listen to your music 24/7. They even learned the Circle of Fire Prayer and say it every morning."
-Dana DiMatteo, healer, mother
"Your music brings peace to my home. And it has changed my life, no kidding, no exaggeration. I listen to it over and over again!"
"What a gift your music is. I have decided that I need to get another CD, so I can always have one in my car and one at home. It brings me right back into centeredness and love when I hear it. Thank you so much for creating the CD. We are blessed by your expression of your love."
"My sister-in-law sent us your CD as an anniversary gift last month and we immediately fell in love with your music and your wonderful voice. When my husband put on the CD he sat and listened to it in its entirety and cried through most of it having been so inspired.My husband and I were so inspired by your CD that I called Amber-Allen Publishing and opened a professional account and immediately ordered 10 of your CD's. I have the Center for Transformational Healing in Soquel, California.I am in a 60 person choir (we've been together for 9 years) that sings inspirational and spiritual songs in many languages. Our sold out holiday concert sang songs in 11 different languages including ending Silent Night in sign language. We've been looking for a song for the couple's group to perform and I think Circle of Fire Prayer would be perfect."
"Thank you for your music. It soothes my soul. I would like to get an autographed copy, so I'll be ordering another shortly. I am going to try to get the program director of the local radio station to play this one. They have a program on Sunday mornings called acoustic sunrise and I think I can get them to play it on this program; it is a perfect match."
"Just wanted you to know that I LOVED your CD. It was nice to hear something with some substance for a change. I particularly liked the Circle of Fire Prayer song - I got it in my head and couldn't get it out. You know how that happens? I have already bought two to send to friends, plus a copy of the book to go with one of them."
"I would like to share an experience with you. Last night I had a session with my energy/body worker and I had her play your CD during our session. It was amazing !!!! There is no way that I can describe in words what happened. I have been working with Susan for 6 years and we both knew that transformational work was happening via your music. I gave her one of the 5 CDs I bought and she wanted your web page so could order more as she will play your CD during her sessions with other clients. I will spread your music to all who come for it."
-Shelley Tatelbaum, psychotherapist, healer
"Cari's "The Circle of Fire" album has been a constant companion of mine ever since it was released. Cari's words are insightful, evocative, compassionate, and inspiring. Her voice is rich, emotive, soothing, and joyous. I have always loved don Miguel's The Circle of Fire prayer, and her music has brought out emotional and inspirational effects out of this already beautiful prayer to a level I did not think was possible. You need not know anything about don Miguel's "The Four Agreements" or any of his writing beforehand in order to appreciate Cari's new album. This is a beautiful work in itself, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to immerse him/herself in the voice and words of inspiration and love."
-Hideki Yamada from Minneapolis, MN USA
"When I first heard this record played at my friend's house, I was blown away. I asked my friend to lend me the cd, but she laughed and said "no way, get your own. I don't wanna be without it!" Throughout the day I couldn't get the songs out of my head. I am so glad I found this cd. Cari's vocals are stunningly beautiful. She sings very authentically with no hype , no gimmicks. The piano, guitars and drums are layered perfectly. They don't interfere with the power of her songs, but accent them tastefully. At first I wanted to listen to Heaven over and over again but after listening through the rest, i have to say they all are gems. It's amazing that the album doesn't have any radio play that i know of yet but just a word of mouth following. The record is also recorded so well. The production and "sound" of the record is aesthetically drop dead gorgeous. It not only inspires me vocally, musically and sonically, but I have found that the lyrics help me to rise above situations that normally get me down or frustrated. A must have! "
-A music fan from New Mexico
"Listening to Cari's music lifts my heart and opens my voice to the sweetest and beautiful lyrics and feelings. Experiencing the words and the melody as it move over and through my body is tender and strong ... like the soft beat of a butterfly's wings. Cari's music just feels sooooo good!"
-Terri Wickwire from Petaluma, CA USA
"Life in general can pose some great challenges. No one is immune. It is always inspirational to 'witness' a human being who has managed to significantly transcend through years of hard work and self examination. Obviously the warrior within was not allowed to become lazy but rather gained in strength and clarity--to arrive at the point of giving. This is what I hear and what I have received through Cari's music."
-Rosewolf from St. Paul, Minnesota
"At the time I purchased this CD, I was going through some difficult changes in my life. I listened to Cari's CD several times a day, for weeks. It reminded me of the "Beautiful Life" I was living which included the shifting structure. I would wake up in the middle of the night and I would hear myself, from with-in my dreams singing this healing music to myself. Cari's music is magic. Miguel Ruiz's insprition is alive..."
-Robin C. Nicolaus from Santa Rosa, CA USA
"The Circle of Fire CD has become my saving grace in bumper to bumper traffic jams (and anywhere else I get frazzled). Cari Cole's amazing vocals and lyrics instantly and effortlessly transport me to a place that is calm and relaxed, even during the most hectic days. If you want a a delightful way to center yourself and remember how wonderful life really is, then this CD is for you. It will take you to heaven."
-A Grateful Listener from NJ , USA
"The music is hauntingly beautiful. Each song has a strong spiritual message and is underwritten with such love that it seems as though Cari is singing directly into your heart. Much to my surprise, I often find myself spontaneously singing one of these songs. Sometimes i wake up in the morning and the first thing i hear in my mind is Cari's voice. And this is a beautiful way to wake up."
-kelsey b from Portland, Oregon United States
"Cari has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. The lyrics are straight from the heart and they touch my heart. They remind me to stay present in my life and to live a beautiful dream, a dream that includes her beautiful music."
-margot carrera from Carlsbad, Ca United States
"Cari was inspired to write these songs after a journey to Teotihucan in Mexico. You could say the dream of heaven was channeled through her to create this beautiful album! I listen to it as a way to re-focus my intent on what is important in this dream and to be in love at all times...You can't help but feel her message not only in the words but in the heart the music conveys. So, take a chance...you won't be disappointed!"
-Sheri Rosenthal from Tierra Verde, FL United States
Interview With Cari Cole and CIM RADIO
December 22, 2003
You've been touring around the country, so how is your audience responding to your music?
It has been a great experience to go out and perform "live" for the audience of this record. From Teotihuacan Mexico to New York City, the response has been exceedingly warm and fuzzy. I notice people are particularly receptive to the soul/healing aspect of this music and my voice. More often than not, much of the audience is teary.
Speaking of music, are you writing new materials? If yes, what kind of direction are you aiming at?
Yes, I am constantly writing new music. I have about 30 new songs that are in consideration for the second record. We will make some "live" versions available to our fans for 99 cent downloads on www.caricole.com sometime in Feb-Mar of 2004. The songs have a similar message to Circle of Fire with a bit more about the world we live in. This new record will take the beauty and message from The Circle of Fire, bump it up a notch in production and arrangements, take more chances musically, while making a bigger sound. The sonic integrity of the voice, music and the artistic integrity of the message will be at the forefront.
Your biggest inspiration comes from the teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz. He is also the biggest influence on your latest CD "The Circle of Fire", how did you come to know him?
My biggest inspiration is LOVE with capital letters. Love in any and all forms is the most important thing and inspires my work. Don Miguel Ruiz is a teacher of love. His teachings are some of the most profound and experiential I have found. In 1999 I read his bestseller, The Four Agreements and began an apprenticeship under his teaching. It was a turning point of my life. I had no idea it would result in the birth of The Circle of Fire record. I am so very grateful.
With your latest album, what messages were you trying to deliver to your audience?
Messages of peace and of our humanity are at the forefront of this new record. It is time for us as human beings to come to the table with all that we have to offer. There is no time for holding back our love. "Ripple in the Sea of Humanity" and "Let Me In" are some of the new titles. These new songs are the most powerful and beautiful I have written to date.
The single "Beautiful Life" made the Nominations Ballot for the 2004 Grammy list, so what's the situation now?
Yes, Beautiful Life made the Nominations Ballot for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the Grammy's 2004. The nominations were chosen from the list I was on - Christine Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Dido, Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan were the winners. Even thought I do not have the popularity to garner a Grammy - I am so pleased to be on the list with these talented ladies.
Besides making records and touring, you also offer singing courses. How long have you been teaching and what is "The Cole Technique"?
Besides my record, my busy touring schedule and writing songs, I am still teaching a few days a week in New York at Cari Cole Voice Studios. I'll be passing the baton in the next year to my Associate teachers who are teaching my methodology. I founded Cari Cole Voice Studios that teaches The Cole Technique developed by my many years of teaching and singing. The technique is a very in-depth program for professional singers that develop their sound and style. My voice studio also fosters and develops singers' talents which we find so important in today's music business due to less and less artist development out there.
You've also worked and taught with Donald Fagen of the duo Steely Dan, how did that come about?
I taught for Katherine Agresta Studios where I worked with Donald Fagen. I taught him technique and coaching during the recording of a soundtrack for the Michael J. Fox movie ~ Bright Lights Big City.
What other artists have you worked with?
Thousands of singers, music artists, songwriters, producers and record labels. Donald Fagen is the most well known.
Besides singing, you also play several other instruments, would you ever consider releasing a smooth jazz instrumental album with you playing electric guitar for example?
I have so many ideas for so many records I couldn't record all of them in one lifetime. I have wanted to do a smooth jazz record for several years now. My voice is perfect for smooth jazz and I love to sing it. Of course I'd put my own twist on it. Hmmm... electric guitar sounds like a cool blend..
Besides music, what other activities interest you?
I am an avid yogini, study mysticism, read poetry, study acting and practice the art of dreaming.
Cari Cole, thank you for your time.
You are so very welcome. Thank you, Peter and everyone at CIM Radio for all of your support and for playing our music. We love your radio station and encourage the world to tune in to CIM Radio. May you have a very special holiday! Blessings and love to you...
More information about Cari Cole can be found at her official website www.caricole.com.
Reviewed by: Naomi DeBruyn
Circle of Fire, The by Cari Cole
I was intrigued with this disc from the get go, but couldn't believe it when I popped it into the CD player and was literally hooked from the first track. Cari Cole is a magical talent, her vocals reach into your soul, her lyrics follow and plant seedlings. I'd have to call her addictive and heady. Cari is reminiscent of Jan Arden, Stevie Nicks, Celine Dion, Cheryl Crow, just to name a few. She has what it takes to be a lasting and beloved artist, and I am thankful that her disc crossed my path.
Though Cari is best known as a singer and songwriter, she is also a very versatile musician - playing the piano, acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, and the flute. In the teaching arts, Cari is regarded as one of the most notable in voice studies. She's worked with four-time Grammy Award winning recording artist Donald Fagen, among others, and shared the stage with such notable singers as Cissy Houston and Martha Wash.
Cari read the teachings of Toltec Shaman don Miguel Ruiz, author of the bestseller "The Four Agreements," and it changed her life and her work. don Miguel's teachings inspired a new album, and a new musical path. It began with a score written to accompany the words of don Miguel's "The Circle of Fire Prayer." Cari's husband Paul St. James helped produce this CD, and to quote Cari: "the goal was 'to create a recording of songs that would evoke our highest selves into being in this very moment.'"
I think the only disappointment I had in this release is the shortness of it - ten tracks just doesn't seem to be enough. Oh, and for those of you out there who are worried that this is one of those "shove it down your throat" style religious releases, it isn't. Far from it, in fact. There are references to be found to a higher power, but for the most part it all comes down to accepting yourself and those around you for who and what they are. Being alive is a gift, and a wonderful one. Use it.
"Beautiful Life" is the opening track, and this folksy tune has a Celtic flavour to it. Cari's explanation of this song is: "Each of us perceives life through our own unique lens. This song is about stepping outside our usual perception into a reality where we are content with what is. When we are content, we accept all that is. When we accept all that is, it's a 'Beautiful Life.'" How right she is... This track is light and airy, free and releasing, it sends the mind dancing even when the feet cannot.
One of my favourite places in the world is Mexico, and one of Cari's songs deals with a wonderful place in that country. "Teo" According to the liner notes, Cari wrote this song "after returning from a power journey in Teotihuacan in Mexico. Teotihuacan was built by the Toltecs for their symbolic journey to enlightenment. In Teo, everything that you are is powerfully reflected back to you. It is a place where the energy of transformation and truth live. This song captures the resonance of the culture, the lyrics capture the spirituality of those who "journeyed" in this sacred place, known as "City of the Gods."
"I'm Ready" is a song that wasn't intended to be one. Cari's explanation put this piece as a vignette written as a personal prayer, or affirmation. It is a powerful piece both lyrically and musically. The piano provides a perfect backing for Cari's opening of her soul, and her vocals won't leave you untouched. Her voice is the mountain stream as it wends it way to the sea; the spirit of Nature, captured momentarily.
This is a fantastic production and I'd heartily recommend it to all of my friends, especially those who like to follow the spiritual pathways of the world. This would be a delightful backing to yoga or pilates, or simple meditation. It will be seeing hours of play when I am able to enjoy the tranquility of an afternoon or evening alone in the house! Perfect for relaxing and just "being."