An enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe, Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest area of Washington State.
Her vocal journey began at a young age when she was first introduced to her cultural music. While lending her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions, she also grew to love singing many contemporary genres.
Lawrence was raised to understand the importance of spreading awareness about the social injustices that have impacted the quality of lives on tribal reservations and within urban Native communities.
Her involvement in music has led her in activism in the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland. Lawrence recently graduated with Honors from the University of San Francisco, attaining her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice; a Music concentration.
Lawrence has spent recent time traveling the country in advocacy for Native Treaty Rights and the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
She dedicates her artistry and energy to address POC racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education/mainstream United States media, climate injustice, blood quantum and enrollment issues, foster youth, suicide prevention, and many other causes.
Since graduation, this indigenous vocalist has released her debut single entitled “Alcatraz” (January ‘17) and will be releasing her first album later in the year.
After 3 years in the Bay Area, Lawrence has returned to her home community of Suquamish. She will be continuing her career as a musician/activist in the genres of Traditional Folk, Hip Hop, R&B/Soul, and Spoken Word Poetry while based out of the city of Seattle.
Photographer: Patrick Castillo 2016