Caroline Kole, touring with Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire in 2016, is on her way to becoming a country music star. Reba introduces Caroline by saying, “You will hear a great deal about this young girl.” I knew when I met 12 year old “Suite” Caroline, an unknown country singer, that she had all the makings to be a success.
The successful career of Caroline, now 19, began when my college roommate came to L.A. with a folder full of local articles and a CD of one of her middle school students who called herself “Suite” Caroline. It turned out that she chose to use “Suite” because my show, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” was her favorite! How random was that! I put in the CD and wow! No… more like a huge WOW! Caroline and her family were planning a trip out to LA from Florida and wanted to know if I would meet with them. Of course I said yes.
She came to my Suite Life office and, with her guitar, played a couple of songs that she wrote. I then fell off my chair as I was blown away! And of course, Suite Caroline was equally thrilled to be playing for the Executive Producer of her favorite show!
The family was on their way to visit Nashville, so I made a call to William Morris Endeavor in L.A. The L.A. agent trusted me that whenever I called, it’s because I had something special. They called their counterpart in Nashville who agreed to meet Caroline and her mom upon arrival, based on my recommendation. Of course, the Nashville agent saw exactly what I saw… PURE TALENT and signed Caroline, even though she did not have an album out yet, which is rare.
I ran into Reba McEntire and her manager husband Narvel Blackstock while doing errands and spoke to Reba about guest starring in “The Suite Life on Deck” to play Bailey’s (Debby Ryan’s) mom. She was very interested and asked me to call Narvel in the office to check her availability. Unfortunately, she would be touring and not able to do the show.
In the meantime, Caroline sent me a new song that she wrote that blew my mind and I sent it to Narvel. He flipped over Caroline and her song and said to me, “This is a massive hit!” Narvel agreed with Dray… I knew I had discovered a country star! I worked with Caroline on her acting skills and along with her amazing singing and songwriting talent, I was 100% positive she was on her way!
Narvel Blackstock signed Caroline Kole to be a client, the family moved to Nashville and my “Suite” Caroline has been opening concerts for Blake Shelton, Martina McBride and Reba! Her voice, her stage presence, her musicality and songwriting make me proud and honored to have led her to the right agent and manager to present Caroline Kole to the country music world.