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Meet Destiny Parker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Destiny Parker.

Hi Destiny, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to sing. I would perform world tours in my living room, belting Whitney Houston and Beyonce for my family asking them to watch me sing “just one more song.” I grew up in inner city, South East San Diego, and performing was my safe place. It was a place for me to truly be myself and find the positives in my community. Musical Theatre was my first love. I auditioned for every show I could in middle school and I knew that whether it would be acting, dancing, or singing; performing was my calling. As I got to high school, I was the only singer but I continued to perform in musical productions and created covers to my favorite songs on social media. I did not know what my goal was with singing but I kept going and I knew deep down that this is what I loved to do. Fast forward to Senior year of high school, I was contemplating going to college and was worried about my dreams of being a professional singer. I applied to Berklee College of Music doubting that I would be accepted because I did not have prior training, but I auditioned and weeks later found out that I was accepted with a full-tuition scholarship for voice.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I grew up in a single parent household with my mom and my brother without any other family members. My mom being an immigrant and being in a foreign country without support was very challenging. We could not afford formal training for my voice but I decided to embrace my voice through an emotional viewpoint rather than technical. I also grew up in inner city South East San Diego and there were negatives in my community, such as violence and poverty but I am so grateful that I was surrounded by a family that was supportive of my dreams and kept me focused.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am primarily a vocalist/songwriter but I also enjoy acting and dancing. I currently go to Berklee College of Music, and I was featured on Berklee’s social media pages before attending. I was able to sing two songs and an original song: ’m one of the 4 leads at the Beyonce Ensemble for the Berklee Beyonce Ensemble lead by Professor Tia Fuller, Jazz Saxophonist for Beyonce and Saxophonist in Disney’s movie Soul. I am so grateful to be a part of this ensemble because I am learning so much from the artists around me.

I think what sets me apart from others is that despite not having formal training, I still continued to work and got accepted to the biggest school for music.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I personally do not believe in luck. Every accomplishment that I have made so far has been based on work ethic and I think doing the work and being prepared is what really leads to results.

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