Get to Know Caroline Kole

caroline kole, beaverdamusa.com, erica bryanBy Erica Bryan

Meet Caroline Kole. Caroline might look like your typical teenager when she’s in her High School uniform, but after school, it’s not unusual for her to be laying down vocals in the recording studio or rehearsing for her upcoming show, opening for Reba McEntire.

Needless to say, Caroline has accomplished a lot in her young age. She began writing songs when she was 8 years old (and if you follow her on Instagram, you can see a precious picture of young Caroline performing songs at her own birthday party!). Her songwriting grabbed the attention of Narvel Blackstock (Reba McEntire’s husband and manager) which led to her move to Nashville, along with a publishing and artist development deal with Sony ATV.

Besides Reba McEntire, Caroline has also opened for great Country stars such as Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, and Charlie Daniels, and is not slowing down anytime soon. In 2014, she released her self-titled EP and has released two music videos on CMT. 

caroline kole, beaverdamusa.comHere at BeaverDamUSA.com, we had the privilege of sending some questions over to Caroline. You can read her answers below:

Q: We know that you’ve been performing around the country opening for Country Superstar Reba McEntire, that must be so exciting! When you get out on the big arena stage and start singing your songs, what is going through your mind? Do you focus on the audience, or the message of the song-what things are you thinking?
CK: Little bit of everything, honestly! I don’t wanna forget the words, I wanna look for familiar faces in the audience, but I really like to focus on enjoying that moment. I love when the lights come on in front of a sold out crowd and we’re on stage just doin what we love to do most. It’s such a blast :)

Q: Playing so many shows each year must be so fun, but exhausting too! Is there anything you do to keep the energy up after a long day of traveling?
CK: Hahaha I’ve become an avid coffee drinker and an excellent sleeper! I used to not be able to sleep on the plane or in the car…but that’s all pretty much changed. When I’m not writing a research paper, I’m most likely passed out in the backseat.

Q: I know we’re all wondering—has anything gone wrong during a performance- or has anything embarrassing ever happened? If so, what did you do?
CK: Well I’ve forgotten plenty of words, and tripped a good number of times while performing (LOL!!) but I would say that my  most embarrassing moment was when I came off the stage after Soundcheck and noticed my guitar was making a sound that it really shouldn’t be making. It sounded like something inside the guitar was broken!! I was kinda freaking out until i flipped it over…and found it was stuffed with a hundred sugar packets. Cool guys. Cool. 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or interests you like to do while at home, outside of music? If so, what are they?
CK: I loooove to read and hang out with my friends and family. Cuddling with my cat is always a good time too haha!

Q: What is your ideal way to spend a Friday Night when you’re not on the road?
CK: At one of my friend’s houses after a football game jamming out to our favorite songs. 

Q: Can you recommend any good TV shows you’ve gotten into recently? What should we be watching?!
CK: Oh gosh, I’m so bad. I just got Netflix because I don’t have any time to watch TV!! I get the morning news so I know what the weather’s gonna be and then I’m out the door! Sad and true. You tell me what I should be watching!!! 

Q: What was the last song played on your ipod/iphone?
CK: ‘All Fired Up’ by Pat Benetar

Q: What is the last movie you watched? Think we should watch it.
CK: Frozen haha. If you haven’t seen it, YES GO SEE IT NOW AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE SOUNDTRACK. 

Q: As displayed on your latest self-titled EP, we know you’re a talented songwriter- how do you get inspiration for your songwriting?
CK: Everywhere :) I love sitting down with my guitar and getting a groove going and then putting words to it.

Q: How does if feel to have someone, like Reba McEntire, believe in you?
CK: I would not be the artist I am today without Reba(: She inspires me, and I want to make her proud. The fact that she believes in me does more for me than I can ever say.

Q: Is there any advice you would give young aspiring artists who are trying to do what you are doing?
CK: It’s not easy, that’s for sure! And you’ve gotta become a morning person to do those 4 AM hair and makeup sessions haha! But when you’re in front of a sold out crowd having the time of your life… the rewards are so worth it!

Check out Caroline’s latest video of her song, “If He’d Ever Look Up,” which is the second installment of a two-part music video series–the first one being the video to her song “Money to Me.”

Also, peruse her twitterfacebook, and Caroline’s official website to get updates about where you can see her perform. Enjoy!

Check out Erica Bryan’s “Behind the Mic” blog,
which publishes each Thursday.

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About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

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  1. Great interview, thank you for sharing it.

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