Lacrae and Carmela Mose

‘Uplift Others’: Prison Inmate Wins Music Contest, Lecrae Helps Her Song Reach the World

Grammy award winner Lecrae, recently collaborated with a company renowned for serving incarcerated individuals. This collaboration resulted in the opportunity for an inmate to record a song on the artist’s label.

An inmate of the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), Carmela Mose, won the competition. This was the maiden edition of the “Original Hip-Hop Track Contest” by Securus Technologies. Carmela recorded a song titled “I Think.”

About the Contest

Lecrae and Securus Technologies worked together to organize this contest. It was open to every individual incarcerated under the US Department of Corrections all over the United States. This contest allowed the inmates to bring hope to others through the power of their lyrics and musical talents.

The Grammy award winner visited CCWF in July 2022 and recorded Carmela’s “I Think.” She recorded the song under her stage name, “Good,” while Reach Records, Lecrae’s label, mastered the song. The result of this was a special experience for both Carmela and Lecrae.

According to the multiple award-winning artist, “Recording this track with Carmela onsite at a maximum-security prison facility, which houses many other inspiring women, was an absolutely life-changing experience for me. I’m proud to be part of a campaign that invests in those who often feel forgotten, and hopefully, this contest will open doors for other creative campaigns to reach the incredible talent behind bars.”

Carmela, when speaking about this opportunity, said, “Being given the opportunity to be supported and listened to by so many talented visionaries has been a truly humbling experience. As I sat there recording my track, I felt a stark contrast between the me who was rapping into that mic, and the old me that was sitting on a bus on the way to prison.”

A Little About Carmela Mose’s Background

Carmela Mose
Carmela Mose with Lecrae recording (Source:

Carmela grew up in Long Beach, California, and is a product of a broken home. She said that she had faced abuse and violence daily as a child. Because of these challenges, Carmela had to leave home very young to become homeless.

Her experiences as a child led to her developing mental health issues. She also battled an addiction to methamphetamines. Soon, Carmela began committing crimes because of her hardships. Today, she is at a corrections facility focusing on her rehabilitation.

In appreciation, Carmela said, “I’m grateful for that confirmation. Thank you very much to all the folks at Securus, Reach Records, and Lecrae for lifting me up and getting me started on my amends.”

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