My artist name definitely has meaning behind it. It not only identifies the complexion of my skin, or the fact that the hyphen separation is used to demonstrate both my feminine side (Cara) and the Tomboy in me (Mel). The name goes much deeper than that. So, I’m about to go scientific on yal for a moment.
In the world of science, the definition of caramel is a heated liquid that is formulated from sugar or syrup that is used to provide flavoring or coloring to a food or drink; once it changes colors. With this said, my name Cara-Mel reflects the versatility in my musical flow while having the adaptability to create music with a purpose.
Cara-Mel, whose real name is Dana Lawrence is a female Hip Hop/Rap artist representing the Baltimore/Washington D.C. 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 with a Social 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, this beautiful lady has landed magazine spreads from Mr. Dreamz to Poze Magazine, and was the winner in the category for "Best Hip Hop Album Of The Year" at the X-Poze-ing Music Awards in September 2018 for “Racial Profile.” With no plans of slowing down, this multi-talented artist has now joined the roster of Touch Music Group and continues to work on various collaborations with musicians that expand across the globe in genres from Rock to Pop; highlighting Mel’s versatility. Read more…
Cara-Mel Joins The Touch Music Group Roster "Poze Management and Touch Music Group feels she is a unique and hot brand that will catch fire soon, we believe that too." - Touch Music Group Discover Indie Hip Hop/Rap Artist Cara-Mel "Cara-Mel’s path to pursue music demonstrates her own resilience in successfully overcoming the challenges and obstacles to make her dreams come true." - Indie Music Women
Cara-Mel Shares Her Number One Desire "Dana Lawrence aka Cara-Mel is definitely no ordinary act - she is as unique and talented as they come!" -Urban Craft Magazinehttps://artistrack.com/cara-mel-q-u-e-e-n-review/ "Cara-Mel’s vocal performance is really spot on, and it adds a really wonderful sense of dynamics to the song, as well as providing an outstanding and diverse backbone, which makes me think of some of the best female rappers, but provides a more modern feel, with trap influences." -ArtistRack
Quality Unique Elegant Empowered Nurturer (Q.U.E.E.N.) Music Review "Written by Cara-Mel and produced by Shadow Black this tune will make you further appreciate the women in our lives and society." - Soufburg
Q.U.E.E.N. Music Feature "This artist is definitely creating her own lane and truly is a voice for the people."- AVA Live Radio
Exclusive Interview with Cara-Mel "She's Dope!" - Hip-Hop Insiders Promo
Cara-Mel Back To The Grind "Putting in the time before you can reap the awards."
"It’s great to stumble upon a high energy piece of motivational music with a fresh perspective and a unique sense of character." - Rebecca Cullen
"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
The Video: Cara-Mel – Back To The Grind (Radio Mix)
"Cara-Mel is quickly positioning herself as an authentic storyteller of this new music generation."-Indie Music Spin/Jacqueline Jax
“It’s like the industry is creating clones and no one has their own ideas or a unique quality to separate themselves from the next.” - Cara-Mel
The Mixtape "Racial Profile" Delivers As A Voice For The People
“Communities are getting tired and frustrated with the police, government, financial instability, and lack of employment opportunities.” - D. Lawrence
Baltimore Raptress Cara-Mel Is Back In The Industry
“Females should not feel the need to remove clothing just to get a record deal!” - Cara-Mel
Cara-Mel Drops Debut Mixtape
“Let your music speak for itself!” - D. Lawrence