Cara-Mel Shares her Number One Desire




She is over the moon after having returned back from the X-Poz-Ing Music Awards (Chicago, Illinois) where her album, “Racial Profile” won in the category for the “Best Hip Hop Album” – showing that Baltimore, MARYLAND based hiphop artist, Dana Lawrence aka Cara-Mel is definitely no ordinary act - she is as unique and talented as they come!

Urban Craft magazine’s mission was finding out more about this award-winning rapper – who was all-to-happy to entertain our questions.

“I began my musical journey at the tender age of seven listening to the inspirational Oldies But Goodies; and that is where my interest in R&B artists such as Stevie Wonder and Al Green lead to writing full R&B/Soul ballads and playful up tempo tunes by the age of eleven. My brother, due to the fact he was playing the saxophone and was into Jazz; he turned me onto such artists as Kenny G and Najee. With this said, I wanted to follow his footsteps and started playing the saxophone in the sixth grade and was even invited during the first year of playing to the All-City Band; where I was ranked third chair overall in my hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia.
“By the age of fourteen, I became intrigued with Miami Bass, Down South and Hip Hop music with influences such as Luke, Salt-N-Pepa, Tupac, Lauryn Hill, Slick Rick, A Tribe Called Quest, and 69 Boyz; this is where my style of rhythmical writing took off as my own during the early part of my indie career. However, after years of struggling to get on with a major label I pretty much stop pursuing music, finished college and started that nine to five work routine. I thought it was not meant to be or in my cards so to speak and I just started to accept that. However, before I made the decision to fully quit…I did pray about it and I told GOD if it was in his plans then to give me the desire to pursue music again in his timing”, said Cara-Mel, as she is popularly known in and around the DMV area.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier on in her career definitely did not help matters, it had her questioning everything, including her music dream but ultimately, the rapper found her way back to her calling.
“It was back in 2015; when I was diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer I started to look back with certain regrets and my pursuit of music was one of them. So, while I was dealing with my health issues; I picked up that pen and pad again and started to write. Now with many life experiences and a different mind-set, I was not sure how my music would be received.
“My very first song back on the underground scene was “Broke.” This street promo song caught the attention of DJ SIDEREAL from Minnesota and it landed a spot on the “Stamp of Approval” mixtape song bangers of the year in 2015. Since then I have been just pushing forward and collaborating with several independent artists, doing various interviews, and networking”, she said.

Since her return to the music scene, she released “Back To The Grind;” a sneak peek of what was to come from her highly anticipated debut mixtape “Racial Profile.” She also landed a spot on quite a number of mixtapes, namely, “Never Falling Off” hosted by the On By Society Movement, DMV vs EVERYBODY 3, a popular DMV Music Plug local artist’s series, and All Hail The Queens Vol. 4 Mixtape hosted by D Green.
“I wanted to make sure that I focused on collaborating with several independent artists in various genres to highlight my versatility. With this said, I got a chance to collaborate with the Metal Band “Then Falls The Sky,” on a song called “DownFall Remix,” and I worked with a few DMV artists such as D-Law and Metal Monk. I also featured on a song called “Imperfections” on the “Teenage Pain” album by Austin Monette”, said Dana.


The rapper remains as busy as ever before and news reaching our ears is that the visuals to her women empowerment song “Q.U.E.E.N.”(filmed by DMV’s very own Caps-N-Cans Graphics and Media) are ready and will premiere in October. In addition to that she will also be releasing another single in November plus one or maybe two surprise songs for her fans to enjoy while they wait for her next EP release.
“Also, I am also working on the second fashion collection called “Q.U.E.E.N.” for my Cara-Mel Couture clothing line. With this new collection, I have teamed up with 4HM Entertainment and R&B sensation Patrice Lee; as she will be modeling some of the clothing for this line. I currently have the “Knowledge Is Power” collection out and people can go check that line out now. Also, I wanted to mention that when individuals purchase from the online Cara-Mel Couture store; a percentage of those monies will be going towards helping breast cancer patients and low income families in the DMV”, she said.


Besides striving for a Billboard Hot 100 chart single, Cara-Mel’s 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. In summary, I desire to make a legendary mark in the music industry as a songwriter, artist, and plan to bring change as community activist, and future philanthropist”, said the hiphop artist.




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