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Inspiring Stories from the Woodlands

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from the Woodlands and surrounding areas below.

Travis Gordon

I used to own Restaurants and Bars in my home state of Kentucky, one of the bars we had called Devassa would have DJ’s and bands nightly and as with any bar or restaurant its hard to pack it out every single night so on the slower nights I started DJing to save us some money. Music has always been a big part of my life, and I was blessed that I had parents that exposed me to all kinds of different genres. Read more>>

KayLynn Gibson

I knew that the most effective way to keep him out of the hospital was to keep him well. So I began to read and research about various different natural and alternative therapies. In 2014, We lost Jonas to the flu that turned into a antibiotic-resistant bacterial pneumonia. From that experience, I went on another journey to see if I could be successful in keeping my children from getting sick for one full year. Read more>>

Luther Cooper

I opened a high quality in-home studio in late 2017. A couple months into promoting my art online I had a roster of 10 artist i created my entire client base and network with. What once was me playing on a piano, turned into me producing, mixing, mastering, audio engineering, making graphic vectors, corner art, editing and shooting music videos. Read more>>

Matthias Frazier

I started 56 Global Music Group, A record label & Marketing Company in 2006. It started as just a record label because I’m am a hip hop artist as well as a businessman, I always had a strong passion for music & marketing, which i attended Texas Southern University school of business. I use these skills to now have over a million streams on SoundCloud & shot numerous music videos. Read more>>

April Kemper and Lakeisha Williams

LaKeisha and I went to high school together and reconnected years later in my search for a new home. She was my realtor. After several conversations, it was discovered that we shared a common bond in the creative elements of event planning, and that’s where the journey began. We formed a partnership, and Imperial Luxe was established in September 2018. Read more>>

Venessa Khamissi

I started my career in the beauty industry in my early teens. I have always had a passion for looking and feeling my best and being able to show my confidence through various makeup looks while showing others how to do the same. At that time, my life goals had always been to be a Makeup Artist to the stars in Hollywood. However, life happens and I ended up spending years at university to pursue a BFA in Architecture & Design. Read more>>

Billy D. Covington

I started decorating cakes as a hobby as a child. Over the years, I found an indescribable love with it. By the age of 16, my decision was made! I WANNA DESIGN CAKES! After high school, I attended the Art Institute of Houston, obtaining the credentials in Culinary Art (Baking and Pastry). After college, I joined one of Houston’s leading Wedding Cake Companies. Read more>>

Leighton Dickson

I’m originally from St. Louis Mo. I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 16. Being a part of some of the biggest events and clubs in the St. Louis area with a local group we formed called Tha Durrtty Boys from 99-2007. Which was the year I relocated to Houston. I relocated just for a change and growth—no intentions at all on being in the night life. I got a job at Dr. Pepper and was living a normal citizen’s life. Read more>>

Martiesa Newsome

My first retail job ever was in 2015 at a place called Styles for Less in Tomball, TX. While at that job, I went from a sales associate to a sales lead to a part-time assistant manager within a year. I enjoyed helping women find outfits that made them feel good about themselves—seeing new trends come into the store. Although I enjoyed my job, I thought it was time for a change, and I entered the banking industry. Read more>>

Terry Moon

I uncovered my personal approach to fashion by combining my Image Consultant training, my desire to encourage women, and my leadership history to create a unique and personal styling experience for all clients. Today, I am the proud owner of my own thriving business, Fashion With Purpose. My services include clothing and style analysis, closet organizing and personal shopping, along with speaking at ladies group and events. Read more>>

Keisha and Jeffrey Beasley

It was our commitment to giving back and mentoring youth that leads us to create L.E.A.P., Inc. in 2015, which stands for Leading and Empowering thru Action Program. It is a nonprofit organization created to teach servant leadership to our young volunteers as well as their families specifically in low income communities. Our core principles are 1) We lead by serving others 2) We lead with Integrity and are rooted in strong ethical behavior. Read more>>

Christina Shelley

Ever since I was a child, I was an old soul in a young body. I was chatty, creative, and needs assessor. So much, my uncle Buddy give me the nickname Grandma Jane. At the age of 7, I started my 1st business cleaning out cars with a hand broom and dustpan. I created my own price sheet, budgeted my money to buy supplies, and Negotiate deals with customers. It was then I knew I loved owning my own business, and I have never looked back. Read more>>

CharNae Gross

I’ve always had a passion for natural hair, but my natural hair journey began in 2013 with the trial and error of using different products, I finally found what worked for me. I began Naturally Nae in 2017 to help others who were beginning their natural hair journey. After learning that my clients would like a more simple way to moisturize their hair and not have to break their hair into many time-consuming sections. Read more>>

Carrie Zettlemoyer

I worked holidays at H-E-B in the floral department for years. My daughter asked me to do the flowers for her wedding in May of 2019. I couldn’t possibly say no, but I was a little terrified. The wedding went off without a hitch, and I discovered a feeling of peace working with the flowers that I had not felt before. I knew that it would be almost impossible to break into an almost completely saturated wedding industry. Read more>>

Jehu Trumbly

I grew up with a father in the air conditioning business and started personally working in the industry in Tennessee when I turned 18. Slowly working my way through the ranks, and proving myself at a young age. After learning skills working at other companies, whether it was installation, service, maintenance or sales, it was then when I took my skills and started my own company in Conroe, Texas. Read more>>

IceDude

A Hip Hop/Soul Melody Artist from North Minneapolis, MN now moved to Houston, that adores and accepts his role and presence in the underground market as a Minnesota underground pioneer. I have been a household name as the Hippie of Minnesota and the Midwest for over 13yrs. IceDude has sold 55,000 mixtapes out of his trunk and lots of streams and is still grinding like he never sold one. Read more>>

Damaria

I’m a singer, songwriter, and performer. My mom was an English teacher, so reading and writing were important in our house. My dad used to play his vinyl records loud in the living room every night and made us learn the songs to his favorite artists from the 70’s and 80’s. I think that’s how I fell in love with music. I started writing music at seven years old. Read more>>

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