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MSA student releases album



For one Mississippi School of the Arts student, a lifelong dream will come true  when she hosts a CD release party Thursday.

Destiny Stone will sell her CDs beginning at 6 p.m. CDs are $10. Admission, light refreshments and entertainment are free.

“I’ve been writing music since second grade,” Stone said. “And I’ve wanted to have a CD since I was 12.”

Her CD is titled “All Original” and features five tracks drifting back and forth between the veins of neo-soul and jazz. Stone’s musical style makes sense when acknowledging artists like India Arie, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, John Legend, Janelle Monet and Alicia Keys who influence her.

“I don’t know where it came from, it’s kind of just there,” Stone said about her love of jazz and soul music. “I consider myself an old soul. It wasn’t like I grew up listening to jazz or soul; it’s kind of natural.”

Included in the five tracks is Stone’s single, “Colorblind,” which was influenced by a friend’s interaction on Instagram. A friend who lives in Starkville was asked why he acted “white.” His responses inspired Stone to imagine what it would be like if people could choose what color they were.

“I didn’t know it would be so catchy,” Stone said.

She performed the single during two nights of singing at Southwest Community College and said people really like the song.

“I just wrote a song because I liked this guy’s response,” she said. “It goes to show that some of the simplest things can be the most powerful.”

Stone’s “Colorblind” can be found on iTunes.

“I was really working hard over the last few months,” Stone said about the quick turnaround for the album which she started on in March. Stone has an aunt in Ridgeland who, she said, always puts her out there. The same aunt had a friend whose access to a recording studio proved fruitful for Stone’s needs. From there, Stone began recording at Fernandez Creative Studio in Jackson.

During her writing for the CD Stone said she drew upon things she learned during a two-week singer/songwriter program at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She said her time there “really opened my eyes to how I write.”

“Hopefully this is the start of bigger stuff,” Stone said. Working to fulfill that dream, Stone will be attending Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina this fall as a popular music major. “I’m ready to work and see wherever God takes me.”

Stone asks for cash or money orders only for the purchase of her CD at the event, and the singer will be available for signatures and pictures.