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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.

Sarah Cha

I’ve dreamt for years of starting my own creative business. My husband and I would have countless conversations about what it would take to take that leap of faith. That dream became a reality in 2020 right before the pandemic hit. We just received news that my dad’s cancer had progressed to stage 4/terminal and I found myself battling anxiety and difficulty sleeping. When COVID-19 officially hit the US and I was forced to work from home, I was able to find bits and pieces of joy and light through making clay earrings in the midst of the darkest time of my life. It started as a creative outlet, but starting this business saved me. My dad was a small business owner for over 20 years and I saw what it took to run one. Even after cancer took his life, I knew he would be proud of me and would want me to strive in growing my business. Through the support of my family, friends, community, and strangers that put their trust in my business, I’m able to stand where I am and be proud of how far I have come in the last two years. Read more>>

Dj LoLo

Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I was inspired to get into music by my next door neighbor who was a music producer by the name of “One Eye.” Seeing celebrityhood was really the normal for me such as; ICE CUBE, MACK 10, SNOOP DOGG, WC… And the list goes on. One of my favorite rappers growing up DJ QUIK. DJ QUIK had a different style of music, what made his music different, he had his own unique sound. I first started actually DJing back when I was 15 on my mom’s computer. It kept me out of the streets and was a great feeling when you can hear yourself create sound or express an idea that the world will relate to. I moved to Houston in 2003 and I’ve been here ever since with my mother, brother and sister. I didn’t really know much about the “South” and how the music was down here in Houston TX. The type of artists that were local here was a lot different than in California, I realized I had a lot to learn. I picked up my Dj career around 2017. Read more>>

Avalynn Ly

I currently work full time as a physician assistant in emergency medicine at two different hospitals, but in my free time, I love writing songs, performing music, posing in a photoshoot, and auditioning for the next role in a local commercial. I was born and raised in Dallas, TX as a child of immigrant parents. My parents were and continue to be the hardest working people I know, and through their own hardships were able to impress upon my brother and me some of life’s most important lessons: knowledge and compassion are qualities that no one will ever be able to take away from you. I spent a lot of my early life around these principles. I have always found solace in empathizing and relating to others through writing songs and poetry, and spent much of high school writing and recording original songs on my acoustic guitar and playing for friends. As I got older, I wanted to work in a field that allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others daily. I found that the field of medicine was a beautiful crossroad between rote knowledge and the subtleties of learning about people on a deeper level. Read more>>

Alyssa Villanueva

I have always had an eye for sparkly, shiny and colorful things. So much so that it has become a part of my identity. Growing up in a household of 5 children, we were not afforded the luxury of having extravagant parties- if any party at all. The moment I had my first child, I knew I wanted them to remember every birthday as special. As my love for party planning grew, so did my imagination. We’ve boarded the Titanic and slept with the tigers at the Houston Downtown Aquarium, brought Japan to our backyard with Hibachi and a movie theatre in our very own backyard along with many other memorable events. Read more>>

Tabatha “Mon.Debut” Gratz

I have been creating art since I could put ketchup on my fingers. Art has always been an outlet. I think a vast part of our community would agree on that. It was my happy place through traumatic childhood times, to foster care, to adolescence …But it wasn’t until 2016 when I started doing art more passionately, and it simply just happened. I wanted to get my head clear so I picked up that paintbrush out of despair and grief and turned that grief into treasure. I was in my early 20’s back in 2016 struggling with being on my own and dealing with mental health (bi-polar, suicidal depression, anxiety, PTSD) and physical health issues (Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia) Art has always been the answer. Read more>>

Chasity Steptoe

Hello, I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember, it has always been a passion of mine to care for animals. Growing up I knew one day I was going to be involved in something that revolved around caring for animals I just didn’t exactly know in what way I’d go.. I wanted to be a vet as a kid but like every other kid I changed my mind every so often on careers. I’ve always had dogs in my life since I was a kid and I finally got my own dog just over a year ago and I wanted so badly for him to have a playmate and jokingly talked about throwing him play dates every week so he can burn out his energy and won’t be so bored but not too long Read more>>

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