As an anointed woman of passion, talent, and purpose, Daphney Hilton is here to inspire and encourage the world through gospel music. The Miami, Florida native has made Atlanta her hub to expand as a minister and an artist. Being a daughter of parents who are deeply rooted in the church and are musically talented, she has had the privilege of being surrounded by music all of her young life. Daphney gives honor to her parents as being the contributing factors in the making of Daphney Hilton, the Artist.
For many years, this award winning artist's voice has been capturing and uplifting souls throughout the United States, and internationally. Daphney started singing professionally at the age of 13 with Dwain Ingram and the Ingram Gospel Singers of Miami, Florida. This was the starting point of her destiny being manifested in the earth. Daphney has shared the stage with some of gospel greats, such as, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Dorinda Clark-Cole, John P. Kee, Yolanda Adams, Darryl Coley, Shirley Ceasar, James Cleveland, and many more. Her songs have been featured on 2 independent SAG film soundtracks.
Daphney is the Gospel Choice Music Award Artist of the Year for 2019. She is a member of The Contemporary Adult Division of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), The American Business Women Association (ABWA), and the founder of her non-profit organization, “Daddy’s Girls of Destiny”, to name few. Daphney has also served in the capacity of worship leader, director of choirs, associate minister, and youth minister. Daphney’s new single “All of Me” is currently being played on radio and is available for download and streaming.
Daphney is the third child of six siblings, the only girl. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, and is the founder of of her nonprofit "Daddy’s Girls of Destiny.” Using multiple outlets to share this one concept, that loving and empowereing others, and entrusting your will to God, will move you far beyond what you can imagine. Whether with the touch of her reach or the resonance of her voice, Daphney Hilton has impacted many lives. The embroidering of this quote on her heart has become the driving force behind her daily walk: “your gift will take you there, but your character will keep there.” Daphney believes that her faithfulness in her gifts may have earned her the accolades, but the spirit that shines from within will last for an eternity. Daphney is becoming one of the most sought after minstrel of this time to serve God’s people.
1. What drew you to the music industry?
Family and the love for music. I’ve always loved music. I listen to all types. My mom and dad were local gospel recording artist. They both had groups of their own. My dad’s group was called the Gospel Diplomats, and my mom’s group was called the Loving Aires. My mom was also a part of a record label called DuVern Records. As you can see, I was raised up in music ministry and music industry. It’s funny how you look back on your life and see how it was already mapped out by God. I remember as a young girl, my two brothers and I would go to these musicals with my mom, practically every weekend. I would watch my mom organize musical events, calling artists, phone ringing all the time in reference to music. She would have this phone book just for her music contacts. Y ’all it was held together by a rubber band. Being around music and music business became our norm. I didn’t realize it was a call on my life.
2. Where did it start for you?
It started at a very early age in Miami, Florida. Professionally it started at the age of 13. As long as I can remember, people had been trying to put me in front of a mic. I would only practice at home in the mirror with a comb or brush in my hand. I really didn’t want to do it publicly. I wanted to dance. I rebelled as a young kid until I realized that singing was the one thing that brought me peace. Being a product of divorced parents, life took me on a journey of peaks and valleys, and music was the only thing that gave me peace and put a smile on my face. I would sing not realizing that music took me to a world of hope and dreams. That’s where I found my comfort. At the age of 13, I started singing with a recording group by the name of the Ingram Gospel Singers, directed by Dwain Ingram. I was the youngest in their group. My mom was reluctant at first because I was so young, but they took good care of me. My brothers joined shortly afterwards. As I matured in my journey as an adult, music stayed a part of my life. Even when I moved to Washington, DC and now Atlanta, GA, music is still a part of my life.
3. Who are you inspired by?
First, my mommy! She’s deceased now, but I still can hear her voice saying, “you can do this”. I was that kid that said, “I don’t want to!”. At that time, she saw something in me that I didn’t see. BUT LOOK AT GOD! It’s hard to name others. I’m such an eclectic person and inspiration comes to me from so many angles. I can say that I’m inspired by people that stands firm in themselves and celebrate what God gave them to the fullest.
4. Favorite artists?
Well my all-time favorite gospel artists are Kim Burrell, Kirk Franklin, Crystal Rucker, Jonathan McReynolds, Maranda Curtis, and Travis Green. R&B would be Lalah Hathaway, Tyrese, India Irie, Joe and of course Gregory Isaacs.
Piedmont Park’s Promenade hosting first annual ART N the Park
By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 20, 2021
Celebrate all things art at the event. A new art event is coming to Piedmont Park this weekend.
Not just an art festival, ART N the Park will also include networking fun. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 25.
“All that is art will be a part of this event from live performances, visual artists, poets, fashion show, and of course food with loads of fun. Bring your chairs and the whole family for an ART Experience to remember,” the website said. A live auction will also occur.
Tickets are on sale starting at $50 for the premier package and the group package. The premier package includes preferred parking and a gift bag. The group package includes admission for four people.
Gospel performer Calandra Gantt will open the event. She’ll be joined by afternoon headliner Tony Tatum and gospel artist Daphney Hilton.