With ‘Delilah’ behind her, Destiny Stone is a new mom, has new music and is ready to sing Nina Simone

In 2021, QCity Metro interviewed Destiny Stone when she was one of several local creatives featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) drama series “Delilah,” a show filmed and set in Charlotte. 

Two years later, Stone is newly married, a new mom, and still just as passionate about her music. In observance of Black History Month, Stone will perform “Nina Now,” a tribute to Nina Simone, at Queen’s University. 

Stone does not recall how she got introduced to Simone’s discography, but she remembers its impact. “Oh, this lady is the bomb,” Stone, who listened to Simone’s music while writing papers and doing homework in college, told me during a recent interview. 

During her student tenure at Catawba College, Stone got so into Simone that she did a project to honor Simone on what would have been the singing legend’s 80th birthday. With help from her professor, Stone named the project “Nina Now.”

“I think the name is perfect because it’s my reimagining of her songs,” Stone said. 

“Nina Now” consists of covers of Simone’s classics, like “Mississippi Goddamn,” “Sugar in my Bowl,” “Four Women” and more. 

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