Ms. Carmen started singing at the age of 3. Her mother would record her songs on cassette tapes as she would beat on cardboard boxes and sing and rap about her experiences at preschool with her friends. She then moved on to standing up on the seats and singing on buses as she entered grade school. Eventually she joined the choir at church and was a praise and worship leader and soloist. Leaving home at 17 for college, she continued her love for music, taking vocal lessons and joining the marching band.
Shortly after graduation from Morgan State University, she moved to Detroit. After a few short months, she joined a Motown cover band called ICON and began to sing around the city. Last year she began writing and singing her own original music, working with a popular local producer, Mel Melodic. In November 2018, she released Greatness, her first album featuring nine original, self-written songs. The songs are soulful and telling of her very personal story of heartbreak, love and triumph. The album was nominated at the 2019 Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Urban Recording, and she was also nominated as Outstanding Urban Songwriter. She was also honored at the 2019 Detroit Black Music Awards as Female R&B Artist of the Year.
Her musical influences include Amel Larrieux, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyonce’, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ms. Carmen can be seen locally at various open mic venues and talent showcases. She has a wide range of vocal abilities, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, as well as hip hop. She is a diverse talent worthy of celebration -- her music is empowering and inspirational.