Former country star revamps her career and releases emotional six track EP.
At 21-years-old, singer-songwriter Caroline Kole is already a seasoned musician.
While performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, the then 13-year-old was discovered by country music icon Reba McEntire. This partnership led her to a managing and publishing deal, and success in the country music scene. After years on tour opening for Reba, Blake Shelton, and others, Kole took a year off and decided to reinvent herself as a pop artist.
After several successful singles and collaborations with artists like VAVO, Kole has finally released her EP, Only Slightly Emotional. According to her, the EP is the result of trying to be more honest with herself and with her music. The six-track project is full of colorful, dance-inducing beats and deep, reflective lyricism which showcases the artist's ability to express an array of moods and themes. "Only Slightly Emotional represents a bit of sarcasm and a sprinkle of sass...which is present throughout the entire project!" says Kole. "I decided on that title because it felt like as close to a 'perfect' description of the EP as I was going to get."
The EP begins with the track "Always Almost," which tells the tale of a young woman involved in a problematic relationship. She no longer wants to hurt over him, foreshadowing an inevitable, emergency breakup. The track is full of vulnerable vocals and full instrumentation embellished with elements of electro-pop and modern dance.
The record plays through several of her previously released singles such as "What If" and "Strawberry Lip Smacker" before ending on an uplifting note with her single "Flow." The vibrant track is full of energy and touches on the sentimental parts of falling in love. Kole's lush melodies that celebrate the good parts about falling in love.
The emotional honesty that Kole brings into Only Slightly Emotional, is clear in every note, synth line, and vocal run. "I love these songs, the rooms they were created in, and I can't believe they're all finally out in the world!" expressed Kole. "It's crazy to see the titles of these songs on people's Instagram stories and hearing people talk about them. I love that feeling."
Check out Caroline Kole's EP Only Slightly Emotional below!
Caroline Kole - Always Almost (Official Audio) youtu.be
Alessandra Rincón is a journalist, writer, and photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana living in New York City. She loves covering music, art and culture news and you can usually find her at a show or with her nose in a book. In her spare time she is a musician, comic book nerd and wannabe cook.
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With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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