“If we as a culture could unite... imagine how much we can accomplish. ” - Cara-Mel
Cara-Mel, whose real name is Dana Lawrence is a female Hip Hop/Rap artist representing the Baltimore/Washington D.C. Metropolitan area known as the DMV. Her style can be best described as a blend of Hip Hop/R&B, Down South, and Dance meets Trap with a Social Justice aspect. Mel likes to sum it up as Conscious Trill.
The street promo song, “Broke” placed her on the map when it caught the attention of DJ SIDEREAL from Minnesota and landed a spot on the “Stamp of Approval” mixtape song bangers of the year in 2015. This song was written and recorded to reflect the frustrations of living check to check; which everyone can relate to at some point of their lives. Following her return to the music scene, she released “Back To The Grind;” a sneak peek of what was to come from the highly anticipated debut mixtape “Racial Profile,” which was released in September of 2016. Since then, Mel’s music has been placed on several mixtapes such as “Never Falling Off,” hosted by the On By Society Movement and DMV vs EVERYBODY 3, a popular DMV Music Plug local artist’s series.
In addition, she has landed magazine spreads from Mr. Dreamz to Poze Magazine, and this award winner also received recognition in the category for "Best Hip Hop Album Of The Year" at the X-Poze-ing Music Awards in 2018 for “Racial Profile.” After a little over a year off, this young lady came back with a vengeance when she dropped her catchy tune “Maybelline;” which made the AVA Live Radio Top 20 “Best of Summer Indie Music” charts of 2020. And she was recently nominated for the "Regional Artist Choice 2021 Awards" hosted by the Gospel Industry Network for her track "Reflections." In May of 2021 this queen expanded her entertainment resume by starring/hosting in her very own television show called "LYV " on the "All Nations TV Network." With this in mind, not only can this beautiful lady flow; but she is a singer-songwriter and saxophonist on a mission to bring change through song. While this emerging artist strives to empower others across the globe; this multi-talented woman has a unique style like no other that demands attention as she positions herself as a lyrical storyteller of our time.
As Mel’s music fam awaits the upcoming release of “Racial Profile 2;" they will be happy to hear plans for an EP (in 2022) as well as three more singles in the works for 2021; “Only You Can," “Reflections (Remastered),” and "Reflections (Remix)" that will drop in early winter. Read Full Bio
What The Music Industry Is Saying:
"Cara-Mel is quickly positioning herself as an authentic storyteller of this new music generation."-Indie Music Spin/Jacqueline Jax
"Dana Lawrence aka Cara-Mel is definitely no ordinary act - she is as unique and talented as they come!"-Urban Craft Magazine
"Racial Profile begins strong, moves into bold new territories with songs like Racial Profile and Reflects, and ends with the powerful one-two of Won’t Shut Me Down and No Justice No Peace." - James McQuiston