Delante Murphy, former manager of Trey Songz, is the CEO of D2 Music Management, an artist management company in Atlanta. Originally from Washington, D.C., Murphy always knew that he wanted to work in the entertainment world, and even went to a performing arts high school so he could learn everything he could about the music business. His early knowledge proved to be beneficial when he went off to college.
Murphy founded Hung Lo Productions while he was just a freshman at Hampton University. He sought out talented artists at Hampton, while also throwing parties to bring in revenue for the company and build a studio. His company’s greatest success was writing and producing the hit record, “Happily Ever After,” for R&B artist Case. The song catapulted Case’s career, and gave Murphy’s company credibility. Soon afterward, Murphy met producer Teddy Riley, who he later interned for and subsequently became the director of marketing and promotions for Teddy Riley’s Lil Man/Interscope Records.
After college, Murphy moved to New York City to pursue further opportunities in the music industry. During a brief stint as a manager for Foot Locker, Murphy began to develop relationships with music executives, which eventually led to Murphy’s decision to create his own company, D2 Music Management. D2 Music’s client list includes up-and-coming producers and artists like K. Michelle and the Slumpmasters.
Murphy’s most notable artist to-date is Trey Songz, who he started managing when Songz was only 18. Murphy also served as executive producer for Songz’ first three albums. Under Murphy’s management, Songz’ career reached great heights including chart-topping hits and numerous award nominations.
Murphy’s Motto: “Learn all you can about whatever business it is you are trying to get into and never take no for an answer.”
—— By: Crystal Tate