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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.

Sara Silva, Chris Valdes, Manda Lee, Sumi Ullah and Jose Salazar

The idea of “Out the Loop” was conceived during a long conversation over the freedom of expression and this long talk brought about the concern of undiscovered artists in Houston and its surrounding areas. We would frequently see the same names at every flyer. Read more>>


It all started when my mother purchased a nail kit. I was 14 years old at the time but took it upon myself to do a full set of nails with the kit she bought without her knowledge. That day I had a bible study and I really didn’t want to study so I told the bible study teacher that I would do her nails and well she agreed. Read more>>

Hilary Tobe Mokolo

I have always been an artist in some form from as early as I can remember a kid born in Lagos, Nigeria. I began writing and sketching stories of some of my favorite superheroes. Moving to the States was a tough adjustment, especially at an early age. We did not have much in the form of entertainment. Read more>>

Chimyra Dow

I honestly started my business upon self-reflection. I realized I had a few insecurities in life as far as my career, sexuality, education, and just not being in the position I desired. Around 2012, I was at church one Sunday and the Pastor’s sermon was based on some of these same issues I were facing and a few keywords stood out to me. Read more>>

Byron “Byron Bank” Jones

My passion for music started from performing at every school talent show possible. My grandmother later purchased my first keyboard through her infamous Home Shopping Network days. As my musical passion grew stronger, I joined my high school band as a trumpet player. Read more>>

Jill Reed and Heather Heft

Two friends, known each other for 10+ years, have kids the same ages, totally different body types…who like going to yoga classes… Despite our two very different body shapes, we seemed to struggle with the same issues with our yoga apparel. We both wanted a HIGHER waist (All the “High Waist” leggings. Read more>>

Jessica Nelson

When I was eight years old, my life changed. My mom essentially lost it all; her job, her car, her perfect bill of health, and our house, lost in what seemed to be a blink of an eye. My mother was diagnosed with sarcoidosis and life as she knew it would never be the same. Read more>>

Kevin and Jana Lewis-Perez

Kevin Perez and Jana Lewis-Perez are the husband and wife owners of That Funnel Cake Place. That Funnel Cake Place first began as a pop-up tent operation in January of 2017. Our first setup was on the corner of MLK and Bellfort where we served the general public and setup during the MLK Day Parade activities. Read more>>

Anitra Scott Fletcher

As a youth fashion played a key role in my life. It gave me the opportunity to express myself. Shopping was always fun and very adventurous. My mom would let my sister and I pick out our own clothes but of course, we were given a limit. My thoughts were if I choose unique items, I could create many different outfits. Read more>>

Jana Phillips

After working in the Energy industry for several years, I wanted to write about the positive news about Houston: new businesses, fashion, charities, and events. I started an email newsletter first being distributed once a quarter, then once a month. Read more>>

Kemberlie Spivey

While in the process of graduating from Sam Houston State University of last year, I had the idea to start a business that would help local business with their social media accounts. I was graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Read more>>

Jeremy Sanders

I’ve always had a passion for music. I play drums and sing, I’m a son of pastors and I musicians all through my family. Me meeting music was inevitable. I embraced singing in high school and full-blown ministry in my twenties and I had a desire to come together with a collective of people that we’re able to produce this unique sound I kept hearing. Read more>>

Justin Bowers

Justin Bowers was born August 9, 1990 in Houston, Texas. As a kid, his mom would buy a prodigious amount of movies from several out of business Blockbusters for him to enjoy-he watched all of them. This is where his love for filmmaking started. He would also make homemade little movies with his cousins. Read more>>

Christopher Swain

The idea came to me when I was in college at UT. I always received compliments on how I dressed and I was always helping my friends before many of our party nights. I was also apart of the first black fashion group at UT was Hip Hop Couture. This organization brought many different students together through style and culture. Read more>>

Aly Gonzales

Houston Native. Currently, living in Nashville and Los Angeles pursuing an acting career. I started acting and performing around age nine at church. At age 25, I became a flight attendant and moved to NYC. It was at 25 when I dove in headfirst in the acting scene. I have been on this path ever since. It’s been so challenging and so incredibly worth it. Read more>>

Laura Ramirez

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved being in the kitchen with my mom. I loved spending time with her, be creative and have fun! I got hooked, I loved baking. At age 19, I attended culinary school but had to drop out a year later, due to it being so expensive. I have a been at different restaurants throughout the years. Read more>>

Mac B.

Growing up, I found myself always being the person that people would randomly ask to snap quick pictures of. I realized I was consistently getting good feedback on some quick shots I didn’t think much of in the moment. My mom has always been one of my biggest fans and supporters. Read more>>

Andrew Gonzalez and Melissa Munoz

Andrew has always loved cooking and learning new things, so when he stumbled across a video of Aaron Franklin smoking a brisket, it was no surprise that he wanted to give it a try. He smoked his first brisket in May of 2017 and sparks went flying! Andrew grew to have a passion and curiosity for smoking brisket. 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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