BIO? Cara-Mel, whose real name is Dana Lawrence is a female Hip-Hop/Rap artist representing the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan area known best as the DMV. Her style can be best described as a blend of Hip-Hop, Down South, and Dance meets Trap. 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.” With dreams to utilize her gifts to demonstrate a positive perspective within the music industry, Cara-Mel is striving to incorporate her talent through networking and bringing change. As she states best, “Let your music speak for itself!” She is currently making her mark as she electrifies a new hip-hop movement.
Top 5 Influences? Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick, Luke, Tupac Shakur, and Lauryn Hill Upcoming New Projects: I have an upcoming single (I do not want to give away the title just yet) that I plan to release in early 2018. This single focuses on how we as African American women have been portrayed from the beginning of history to now; walking the listeners through a time of royalty to the roles we have succumb to in this day and age. The production for this track is by the talented Shadow Black from Houston, Texas.
What helped you get into music? I know it may sound cliché, but I recall as early as seven-years-old listening to Oldies But Goodies while riding with my parents on Sundays to visit relatives in North Carolina. I quickly fell in love with R&B artists like Stevie Wonder and Al Green, which inspired me to start writing by the age of eleven. My brother actually put me onto Jazz music; as I used to watch him practice and attend his high school marching band competitions. Once I entered the sixth grade, I wanted to be like him and started learning how to play the saxophone. It was not until I turned around fourteen; that I became intrigued with Miami Bass, Down South, and Hip-Hop music in more depth. But after years of trying to break into the music business, I finally decided to quit and go out get a job and finish up college. However, in 2015…it changed things when I was diagnosed with some health issues. A light switch clicked in my head, and I just started writing and using music as a form of therapy while I was dealing with my personal battles.
What would you like to tell your fans? First off, thank you for your continued love and support. As an indie artist, we face many challenges and do not have the same perks as major artists out there. Many of us, have families and are working full-time 9 to 5 jobs to support ourselves while we work hard to stay true to ourselves and provide great music. With this in mind, I want to say if there is an indie artist out there that inspires them and is a reflection of their beliefs… they need to definitely spread the love. Some of the best ways to show support is through the use of word-of-mouth, attending a show or purchasing their music. Help us show these major labels that the people are in control and not them! It is my belief that at the end of the day, it is the fans that hold the power and will determine the success of an artist.
What are your biggest goals for 2018? As for the music side of things, I am striving for the Billboard Hot 100 chart with this upcoming single in 2018. However, my main goal is to shed light on the youth; in particular the young girls. We live in a society where unfortunately there is not a lot of positive things shown on television, body image negativity, bullying, etc. I mean I can go on and on, but I will sum it up into saying I want to ensure that I am aiding as part of the solution and not the problem. When individuals hear a Cara-Mel track, I want them to understand just because they may have been dealt a bad hand in life; they are here for a purpose and to keep pressing on!