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Meet Destinee Sade of DopexDefaultAMG in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Destinee Sade.

Destinee, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In my early age, my late grandmother JoAnn saw a gift in me that no one else in my family had. She began to nurture my vocal ability by enrolling me in vocal lessons at seven years old, buying me karaoke machines and keyboards. She even went as far as to make my family sit in audience form while I performed the latest charting billboard hits.

Her belief in me was all that I needed to soar. It was after the 9/11 tragedy that I wrote a song inspired by the events, and it actually was the first song to place and win a national songwriting competition. This win also launched my performing and recording experience. That’s when I knew that singing was what I was destined to do. Music has always been my anchor and my dream but second to family.

Being near them was always the priority until the passing of my baby brother, Tyler which would later explain the sudden urge to follow my dreams at the unorthodox age of 25. Tyler was born with Cystic Fibrosis which is a disease that affects your white blood cells and makes breathing very difficult. In spite of his diagnosis, He lived his life in a way that God desires His children to live.

He was humble, inspiring, grateful, polite and he radiated love. He was also without question, my biggest fan. I remember the excitement in his voice when he called one day and said, “Destinee are you on the radio?” with all seriousness. It wasn’t me, it was definitely Beyonce, I was so flattered and tickled. That moment meant the world to me.

Although I was accepted into the Los Angeles Musicians Institute at 18, it wasn’t until I was 25 and shortly following my brothers passing that I made a drastic life change, I woke up and as I headed to my corporate job, I decided I was going to pick up and move to LA.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road hasn’t always been easy – I’ve wanted to pack up and go home a million times. Finding genuine people was definitely one of the hardest trials.

Feeling alone is difficult for me so navigating through the city of LA trying to find where I belonged in a college setting at 25 definitely took a toll on me, but it wasn’t long before I found my place in a group of amazing genuine people.

Please tell us about DopexDefaultAMG.
I am primarily a songwriter finding my way as a solo artist. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with some incredible musicians which inspired me to come to the forefront and explore the vocalist side of me a bit more.

With that being said I am in the process of creating my first EP with the help of my incredible manager/engineer Joi Wynn aka Stewdiopheen and many others. What I would say sets me apart from others is my need to be transparent in all that I do.

Struggles and achievements alike. I never want to broadcast the highs and hide the lows. I believe being authentic is how I’ll win.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would not change a thing about my life, and the decisions made that got me to where I am today. Simply because I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for every wrong turn.

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