Music Mondays: Life After American Idol For Grambling State University Student Mionne Destiny – The Best Is Yet To Come
Grambling State University student Mionne Destiny Featherstone fell in love with the arts at a young age, but after enrolling at GSU she received the needed extra boost, support and encouragement to follow her dreams full-force.
Since taking that first step, the work has not stopped for the rising star! Within the past year the artist has teamed up with GSU alumni and friends who are just as passionate for music as she is. One of those alum being producer, Deezy On Da Beat who she created masterpiece songs like ‘Sleep’, ‘Play House’, ‘My Own’ etc. In addition to those tracks some fan favorites include ‘Save Me’ and ‘Pretty Girl’.
She said one of her favorites would have to be ‘Playhouse’ because it has a really laid back and sexy vibe to it.
Being sure to remain connected with her creativity, the Chicago native began ‘My Own Music Mondays’, where every Monday she would release a song about how she was feeling that week, and the best part is, she writes all of her own lyrics.
Now, that doesn’t mean she is not up to collaborating with a dope songwriter, but when she can relate with the song personally, she believes that the lyrics and the meaning of the song will evoke true emotion for her and her audience.
Now let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we…..
In a past interview with ‘The Gramblinite”, Featherstone said although her grandmother taught her how to sing, the Black National Anthem, without music to be exact, she didn’t realize she could actually sing until she came to Grambling.
“People began telling me that they liked my voice and were asking me to perform at their events,” Featherstone said.”
The arts truly run deep in Featherstone’s blood, her mother, who also attended GSU, where she studied theater. She even found love at GSU and then came their big joy of sunshine, Mionne Destiny. Being that her mom had such a passion for the theater and arts, she put Mionne straight to work!
Her mother played Jasmine in ‘Aladdin’ and guess who played the tiger, you guessed it, Little Mionne! Featherstone remembers this like it was yesterday. In fact, she says she’s been acting since she can remember.
“I have been acting literally since birth,” said Featherstone. The third generation Gramblinite says she’s wanted to be an actress for a very long time and she took it extremely seriously. “Acting is away to get away from reality because the world is so messed up, and I know of my history, I know that there are people whose lives are much worst than mine,” said Featherstone.
“It is my pleasure to uphold tradition and give back to the university that gave to me,” she said.
With acting being one of first loves, she’s always wanted to sing. The crazy thing is she didn’t believe she was always that great at it. She had to practice. practice, practice and when she did, she fell deeper in love with it everyday.
“My favorite song growing up was Emotional Roller-coaster by Vivian Green and I sang that at just about every talent show, everywhere,” she said.
Once, Featherstone finally realized that her raspy and soulful tone was one in a million and her peers kept telling her she could do it, she decided to take a leap out on faith and audition for national singing competition show, American Idol, where she sang for the show’s judges and superstars Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. in Little Rock.
For the season 15 audition she sang Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” , the judges were impressed, she got the golden ticket and she was on the next flight to Hollywood!
Throughout the season Featherstone gave her all even singing through an episode of laryngitis. The singer made it as one as the Top 51 contestants and instead of giving up when her time on the show was over she was thankful for the talented friends she got to meet, judges, mentors and the platform Idol was able to provide.
In an article by The Chicago Tribune Featherstone said, “I want to thank American Idol for giving me the opportunity to follow my dreams.” “I enjoyed every moment, even the stressful ones. “ Everything happened for a reason and I believe the end of my idol journey doesn’t mean it’s the end of my career.”
After her Idol journey, she took time off from studying at GSU to move to Atlanta to work on her web series and release her single “Do Me.” She got some roommates, got an apartment and went to sing at every open mic that she could.
After sometime she and her parents decided it was best for her to go back to complete her education and learn more about her craft.
So, she did. She headed back to small-town Grambling and she changed her major to mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting. She later began her own internet radio show entitled Mionne in theMorning, alongside her co-host SavJ and JusDeejay. The show was aired on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-9 a.m. CST.
When she wasn’t working and focused on school she work worked on music of course. She collaborated with another GSU alum and Houston artist Travis Mathews on his mix-tape ‘The Misunderstood”. She is featured on songs Boys & Girls and Overcast.
She met this artist while in a GSU poetry/spoken word talent group called ‘Lyrical Quest’ where she eventually served as vice president.
You can also hear the singers voice on popular song ‘Ride or Die’ by Lil Snupe, who was also a popular rapper from Louisiana who was signed to Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers label was unfortunately killed and shot in 2013. The song Featherstone was featured on is on a 2016 album entitled “16 & Runnin Resurrected”.
With plans to use the arts to continue to motivate, give back and educate, Featherstone is currently working on her gift daily in order to provide the world with great music for a lifetime! EP coming soon!
“I love your music, you put out your sound, ” said supporter, Veronica Thompson.” “I would buy whatever you put out because you have real talent, I miss real singers.”
“I just want to revolutionary in anyway that I can, eventually I want to be a philanthropist.”
Last year was reportedly the last airing of American Idol, on July 21, 2017, it was officially announced that the singing competition show will air on ABC Television Network in 2018, hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.