Destiny Stone was one of the local creators whose art graced television screens in the first season of “Delilah” earlier this year.
Filmed and set in Charlotte last fall, the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series was one of the first North Carolina productions to be announced after the entertainment industry stagnated for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Delilah” featured Maahra Hill as the main character who balances the lives of a lawyer and a single mother.
Stone, an emerging singer-songwriter and producer, was originally linked to OWN through her agent, Dennis Reed Jr. As a student, she performed in Reed’s gospel choir.
“When Dennis contacted me about the show, for a split second, I was like, ‘My music isn’t that good. They are not going to like my music. But luckily I got over that thought, ”the 24-year-old recalled in a recent phone interview.
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This became real once “Delilah” executive producer Charles Randolph-Wright, originally from York, SC, and Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston, who worked as a member of the team at production, both called him to let him know the show wanted to use his music.
Stone experienced moments of doubt, thinking viewers wouldn’t notice her voice playing in the background.
“I had to come back to reality and, honestly, encourage myself. Not everyone puts their music on a nationally watched show, ”she said.
His musical career began at age 17 with the release of his first single. She grew up in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and moved to North Carolina to attend Catawba College in Salisbury. After graduating in popular music in 2018, she decided to stay in the area for Charlotte’s burgeoning music scene.
She released her album “The Girl in the Purple Glasses” in May 2020. She wrote and produced the project alongside her husband, Daniel King. “Delilah” features three songs from the album, including An Ode to Her Husband, “Daniel’s song. ”
In addition to creating his own music, Stone is a music teacher at Knox Middle School in Salisbury. His students’ first question after learning about their teacher was part of a TV show: “Are you famous now?”
She sets an example for her students and teaches them to believe in themselves, a lesson she has learned throughout her seven years in the music industry.
“That’s the beauty of being a teacher,” she says. “I can still teach and plant seeds in potential young musicians, but at the same time, I still have this flexibility to work on my music career. I just hope they can feel encouraged, like, “If my music teacher can do it, then I can do it.”
This summer, she plans to do her first musical tour in her home state of Mississippi. Also from Mississippi: Oprah Winfrey.
Thinking back to her experience as “Delilah,” Stone said networks should use local creations as often as possible.
“You never know, you might play the music of the next superstar.”