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South 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 South Loop’s rising stars below.

Josh Marshall

I moved from Dayton Ohio in August of 2018 from visiting Houston for 5 days in July. All I had was a thousand dollars and a big goals list. I make it to Houston within my first 30 mins my car is totaled. With a little money and no car, I could of gone back to my city but something told me I can still make it. So one of my backgrounds is in networking, I just focus 6 hours of my day on that. I found a job at be of Houston’s top vegan restaurants Lindianas. I calculated the amount of people daily coming in almost 500 people weekly. Networking with so many people I heard from a lot of people in the transportation industry. I also had a few family members in that industry telling me I need to be a part of it. Just when everything was looking up I ended up homeless in this giant new city I found myself in. Read more>>

Jerderrius Woods

I started with poetry after finding one of my mother’s old notebooks that she wrote her own in. My family was always big into music from Tupac to Nas, all the way to Johnny Taylor or the Temptations. I wanna say it was around 4th-5th grade (2004-2005) I found an old No Limit CD we had that had the instrumentals included and I decided to try and write my own song, I’ve been in love with it ever since. My first time ever being recorded was in 2006. My aunt had actually come across my notebook and her husband was part of a Hip-Hop group based out of Temple. After that, I want to say I found a free program and a headset of all things and started doing everything myself aside from making beats from 10-16. I took a long break away from it just after some bad business dealings within the industry and losing my Grandmother other than freestyles here and there, features or writing from others. I just found the love for it again though so I’m definitely re-inspired to continue creating. Read more>>

Toyreale White

I started dancing at 2 years old, but I didn’t really get into dance until I was 10 years old. MY DAD PLAYED A BIG PART OF MY DANCE JOURNEY… I do not really want to get too deep into that though …I joined Girl Scouts, and we had a camp talent show. My mom put me in, and I ended up winning. They wanted to recruit me, but my mom thought I was too young at the time. I continued to dance, and I started my own dance teams, and step teams at my school. I noticed how much I loved dancing and the reaction that came with it. Moving forward I started to audition for studios, I’ve never really trained, so I was really self-taught. I started at a studio right before so real, but I can’t remember the location at the moment. I lived by memorial, and I have seen that they were having auditions. I didn’t think I would make it, but I did. I actually learned a lot, when I was on the team. No lie, it was hard because I didn’t have any training. But it was a great decision for me in the end. Read more>>


Lilly Jackie

I started line dancing for fun because I love to dance. Been dancing since I was 3 years old, danced and twirled fans in high school and continued to dance as an adult at parties and family events. One day in 2013 I went to a line dance class with a friend and fell in love with the Elusive Ladies line dance group. After about 5months of going to class I was asked to join the group and became an active member. In 2014 I started Choreographing line dances for our group. 2018 I won my first award with the group and as a Choreographer. I am a 3 ZBT award winning line dance instructor and choreographer. The Elusive Ladies was honored this year to have our anniversary day awarded to us as Elusive Ladies day in the city of Houston by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Read more>>

Eduardo Ayala

I began working within the fitness industry at a local fitness connection at the age of 18 (26 now from when this interview was conducted). In that setting, I would meet many individuals who now have competed(bodybuilding, powerlifting, etc.) pursued a career in fitness, and who started up their very own gyms/studios. In my time there, little under 3 years, I managed to help many people, who to the very day recall a moment where I served as an influence and or guidance in their fitness journey. I wouldn’t remain there due to a more promising financial opportunity. In that time, I would find myself working in the refineries and also involved in ministry for a Christian evangelical church. I lost myself and let go of something that had been so important to me, there is no regrets in that season rather, it allowed me to come back stronger and wiser in my very own approach to get back in to a healthy lifestyle. I would lose 50lbs of body fat and rebuild the strength and muscle I had lost. It rekindled my old passion and I took off with it. Read more>>

Diamond DeLoatch

Honestly, I don’t know where to start, I was always insecure about something.. sometimes about everything. I didn’t know where I fit in or even if I actually did. But as I grew up I realized there was nothing wrong with standing out. So that’s what I did, I stood out. I didn’t even think of myself as a personality or host, but I knew I loved making people happy, making them smile. So I knew I was meant for customer service. From building my brand to be multiple things, from being able to do hair, nails and makeup, to even becoming a radio personality. I started on 2 different podcasts where I knew then I had an opinion and it needed to be heard. Read more>>

Davanelle Freeman

I  started experimenting with organic skincare in my kitchen about 3 years ago. In 2019, I was released from the oil and gas industry after 8 years, which was a very difficult time for me: I struggled both emotionally and my skin physically showed it, so I decided that I had no choice but to re-evaluate my lifestyle. Little by little, I started making important changes: I stopped spending money on products I will never use or enjoy, I started exercising, eating skin-nourishing foods and, importantly, I began to look for skincare products that were free from harmful chemicals, skin irritants, and cheap fillers. As I was already a self-declared beauty junkie, I quickly became obsessed with trying natural and organic skincare lines! However, I soon realized that I couldn’t find any products that were organic, minimal, and sophisticated. I felt very strongly that I had the right to know and understand what I was putting onto my skin! Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Talia

    May 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

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