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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.

Conrad Staten

My name is Conrad Staten, I’m from the south side of Houston, Texas and I’m 28 years old. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a love and a passion for music. Around the age of two my parents noticed that I had an interest in the guitar based off how I reacted to the music in church, and by the time I was for four years old I was in the church band. Under the tutelage of my cousin/mentor I learned not only how to play the guitar by ear but also the true meaning of being a musician and comradery. Read more>>

Dayana Elsaadi

I have always been a skin fanatic for as long as I remember. Several years ago, my daughter gifted me a facial at a spa and I fell in love with the experience. I felt like I could offer these services with my own unique touch. I enrolled in beauty school and really perfected my craft. Opening Jeunessa Med spa was my next big leap, and I was afraid of failure. I was still building clientele and my place in the beauty business world. I started trialing my facials on friends and family members, and the feedback was always positive. I began to take ownership of my craft and my true potential. Read more>>

Alexis Hyson

I graduated high school in 2014 and straight out of high school I enrolled in HCC College for nursing school thinking that was what I really wanted to do. shortly after I found out that I was pregnant at the age of 19. I was completely lost. I had not found what my purpose here was and here I am bringing a baby into this world. At that time my only option was to work. My daughter was my motivation. I was willing to do anything to be able to provide for her. Read more>>

Stephanie Bateman

I have been in the real estate industry for 20 years this year! In 2013, I obtained a Brokers License, the highest real estate license in the state of Texas. Over the years, I have built a resume with 100’s of buyers and sellers in the Houston, TX area and have maintained a 5 star rating. In fact, Stephanie Bateman Group has been ranked among the top producing realtors in Houston and in the state of Texas. Each year, and each sale continue to challenge me to become the best tool in real estate for my clients.  Read more>>

April Bayham

I think my story is similar to many others . . . April Bayham Interiors is my second career so to speak. After leaving my Human Resources job at LSU and moving to Pearland, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay home with my boys. While they were little, my husband traveled extensively and running my own business was the furthest thing from my mind. I spent years helping friends, doing design jobs here and there. Read more>>

Christine Savoy

I started wearing hair extensions at the age of 16 years old. As I got older I was buying virgin hair bi-weekly. This quickly started to add up, and the hair wasn’t even quality. So, I started doing research and learning the difference in the different types of hair. There are two main types, it can either be Raw Hair or Virgin Hair. I specialize in Virgin Hair because it’s more affordable and can last 1-3 years depending on how well you take care of the hair.  Read more>>

LaToya Smith

I began as a fine Artist several years ago in Dayton Ohio. After opening my first Creative studio with a partner then forced to close as often happens in a struggling economy; I came to Houston Texas to further my reach as an Artist and Graphic Designer in 2014. Blue Prolific Studios was established in 2018 after graduating from The Art Institute of Houston. It began as way to create opportunity for myself and other freelance graphic designers. The industry is limited in the area when it comes to fair pay and enjoyable creativity. Read more>>

Glee-Ann Llemit

I have been practicing optometry for over a decade and have worked in all aspects of optometry. I worked in retail chains, academic settings and private practice. So I was able to take all my experiences from those offices and create a more personalized setting for my own private practice. My first job was in Boston and I distinctly remember seeing a quote at my job that read “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs”. This quote always stayed with me and became my motivation. Read more>>

Megan Conley

I started playing harp when I was five years old. I went to a boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy, for my senior of high school, attended Rice University in Houston for undergrad and grad, won a Fulbright scholarship to study harp in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Musique. When I graduated with my music degrees there were no openings for orchestral harpists, so I moved to NYC with my then-boyfriend (now husband) Shawn. I babysat and worked for the census while paying my dues in the music scene. I played out-of-town gigs, driving hours, sometimes moving the harp in the snow, working for incredibly low pay (one Christmas Eve gig earned me a whopping $75).  Read more>>

Shawn Ducré-Jackson

My origin story…with the option for brevity or verbosity? That’s not difficult at all! Well. I love Black people. Full stop. I’m endlessly amazed by our effortless style, profound resilience and limitless, yet often-appropriated ingenuity. That unconditional love guides my actions, informs my decisions and compels me to move with purpose and intentionality. Whether it was attending an HBCU (PVUUUUU), lending my words and gifts as a writer to social injustice or creating Unwaveringly + Unambiguously BLACK trivia game, the commitment to honor my culture is inextricably linked to what I do. Read more>>

Tiffani Whitsett

The idea manifested back in 2018. At the time I had started my daughters and I loc journey. We were in the process of getting ready to move again (prior military family) and in our new location I wasn’t satisfied with nobody’s work. It literally hit me like a light bulb and I said to myself “I’m going to do locs”. I took that and began to watch every YouTube video I could and googled everything about locs. I’ve always “played” with hair growing up . Read more>>

Ko-Nisha Anderson

I started in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2016. I was preparing to graduate with my bachelors degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and my goal was to find a job back in the city I lived in, at the time, before leaving campus for good. I also knew I wanted to work with children. I have always been interested in childhood development. So naturally, I applied for positions that required the use of my degree and the ability to work with pediatric aged children. Read more>>

Marie Williams

I’m a writer and performing artist originally from NYC. I’ve been a writer since my adolescent years and was introduced to the art of performing spoken word poetry during my college years at Florida A & M University. After a years long hiatus I returned to performing spoken word poetry in 2019. It was during this time that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in performing arts and public speaking. I searched the city for open mics, poetry events, plays, musicals, and anything else performance related. I practiced on those stages- focused on building up my confidence and stage presence. I’m still practicing! Read more>>

Lyse Florvella

I Am A Well Motivated Individual. No Matter The Circumstances I Have To Continue To Work Towards All That I Want For My Life & My Family. I Got To Where I Am Today With Consistency. Trying Again & Again After So Many Failures. And I Still Am Experiencing Failures Throughout My Life, The Good News Is There’s Always Another Day To Get Up & Try Again! Life’s Success Is Nothing With Failure. Read more>>

Shan Cathey

My story sounds pretty cliche but it’s the truth so it’s the only story I have. I started photography because I loved it and it was a way to have a career on my own terms while being a wife and mom. I discovered my love for photography when I was in High School. I remember wanting to document every moment like it was my last. I couldn’t buy a real camera so I bought disposable cameras, then finally bought a polaroid camera. If I dear to dig a little deeper, I believe I documented every memory, good or bad, because one day I woke up and realized I had no pictures from my childhood. It sounds sad lol, but I think it was my way of making up for lost/forgotten times. Creating memories became my reason for being… Read more>>

Tayonia Simmons

I started my mobile private duty service because of personal life-changing events that my loved ones and I experienced. Understanding and living through the everyday stressors of life was overwhelming. Not having the support, I needed to impact me financially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I have been on both sides of healthcare and not having adequate support from a personal standpoint can be very depressing.  Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Talia

    May 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Lady B.G. is the hottest karaoke dj in the city!!! Book her for the greatest karaoke experience!!!

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