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North Loop’s Rising Stars

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 North Loop’s rising stars below.

Shiarnice Taylor a.k.a. Lyric

The Phoenix Outreach Youth Center under the direction of now State Representative Jarvis Johnson. I went on to high school at The Chinquapin School and became a part of the speech and debate team and performing more poetry through UIL. My love from poetry was greatly influenced by Teachers at The Chinquapin School Jeremy Dean, Alissa Bouler, David Tell, and Susan Davis. Read more>>

Sha’Rell Webb

My story begins at the age of two. The age in which I was adopted by my aunt and uncle, both who were elders at the time. My mother was and still is addicted to crack cocaine and couldn’t take on the responsibility of raising me or my two older brothers. The dynamic of our relationships are unconventional. We have the same mother, but there are three different men. We each were raised in three different homes with three different upbringings. Read more>>

Josiah Wooldridge

I’ve always been interested in art at a young age. I grew up in Washington state where I was known as being a mural painter. After moving to the Heights area, I was exposed to the Houston art scene. I made friends with a local gallery owner, Chris from Insomnia, when it was located in the Heights area. This got me motivated to create and sell my artwork. Since then, I have created unique artwork that is featured in a handful of locations around Houston. Read more>>

Marcus Glenn

I was always curious about the people that were listed on the liner notes. I would be the only kid more fascinated with Russell Simmons then RUN-DMC or intrigued by J. Prince more than Scarface. Nas is my favorite MC so I wanted to know who was responsible for the commercial success of his Second LP ‘It Was Written”, because “Illmatic” was a classic but it was not a commercial success at first. Read more>>

Kayla Morris

I was able to be a Co-Founder of an amazing and encouraging organization of PLUS which stands for Pretty Ladies Unique Shapes. Which is a body positivity women’s empowerment organization helping women learn the true definition of self-love and self-worth. This leads me to start my non-profit recently for young girls between the ages of 10-18 because I have a true passion for helping women feel good about themselves and teaching them how to live their lives unapologetically. Read more>>

Daryl Douglas, Robert Doty

The two of us grew up together as kids and dealt with a ton of racial controversy because of the entertainment choices that were made. I, Daryl Douglas, was a African American kid who gravitated towards a rock an roll sound that focused on live instruments. I could play anything that holds notes and what naturally came out was compared to “white people music”. Robert Doty, being a white artist gravitated towards rap and hip hop, naturally. Read more>>

Alex Coleman

We loved the freedom of solo travel (going where we wanted, when we wanted), but didn’t like the loneliness, isolation, and vulnerability that could accompany it. On the flip side, we loved traveling with friends, sharing the experiences, and having the security of a group… but trying to navigate everyone’s busy schedules, their preferences, and budget constraints made planning and aligning everyone a real headache and a ton of work. Read more>>

Jasmine “MJ” Adams

My love for makeup started about nine years ago, I would wake up every morning even when I wasn’t doing anything to play in makeup. Then, I got to a point where I would ask friend, family members, coworkers, to let me practice on them so I could become comfortable doing other’s makeup. 2014 is when I took that leap of faith and realized doing makeup is something I’ve loved doing more than anything I’ve ever done in my life. Read more>>

Amaya Lacy

My love developed from my father. He’s always been so into sports and seeing how passionate he was about games and players made me dive into it myself. I’ve also always had a passion for editing videos (even though I wasn’t always very good at it). So, about two years ago, I made myself a YouTube channel and I named it “ATeamTapes” because my name was Amaya and I wanted people to know I was here to post mixtapes. Read more>>

Janie Rodriguez

A love for animals, fashion and shopping are what inspired me to create Beachkin Chic. Four years ago, I lost my English Bulldog, Chomper to cancer. Like any animal lover, this turned my world upside down and I was heartbroken. In the midst of healing, I had a strong urge to do something to honor my boy. Some soul-searching led me to realize I wanted to donate more than I normally did to different animal organizations through a secondary source of income. Read more>>

Danyelle Henderson

I am a survivor of child molestation. I used to find myself very angry and disturbed not understanding “FOR WHAT”… like why was I the choice for someone else’s sickness!!! As years went by, I knew it was in their sickness that I would become someone else’s healing and my very own conqueror!! A year ago, I struggled with using my voice to bring awareness of Sexual Assault… I knew there was a need to SpeakOutLoud. However, I never imagine being heard. Read more>>

Donecia Valsin

I have been into art since my days at Pleasantville Elementary. I was in the art club where we painted back drops for the school programs. I’ve had some art shown at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo as well HISD events. I was part of a park mural when i was a kid. In high school i designed tshirts for football games and homecoming. I designed backdrops and props for our step team. Read more>>

Jonathan Jimenez “DJ Loon”

I began to DJ local high school parties on the weekends, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that things really began to get serious for me. I attended Texas Southern University, and a good friend of mine was a music major at Prairie View A&M. He was also a DJ. Read more>>

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