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West 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 West Loop’s rising stars below.

Singer Sterling

I started out singing background for the Gospel Legends at 14 years old. I traveled and toured with them for a few years. Then in 2015, I decided to release my first solo single, which ended up on the billboard charts in 7 days. I traveled performing that song for about a year then I went through some hard times in the music industry. Read more>>


I started working with FL Studio and learning how to make beats and doing what’s called DIY (Do It Yourself) productions. I just released my first album on all music streaming platforms called “All About Respect Vol.1”. I’m working on other artists’ projects and a Vol.2 for All About Respect. Read more>>

Kirstin (K Sha’Ree) Oliver

Originally I was a drifter who just knew that she wanted more out of life than the hand I was dealing with myself. Although I grew up around Real Estate, I never knew that there was such thing as a REALTOR. After my daughter was born I lost a child following her birth dealing with a double postpartum depression as well as being forced to raise my daughter alone, a lot of my thoughts were on the wrong things. Read more>>

Nikki Veal

As for the show and my cheesecake business, I credit the coming about of both businesses to be taking a chance a couple of years ago and starting a Mary Kay business. You see, the host of Sista’s Talk and I only met because my sister in law invited me to her baby shower to showcase my Mary Kay products. At the end of Danielle Meggoe’s baby shower. Read more>>

Kimberly Phipps-Nichol

We started Houston Hemporium to Educate and Elevate the Conversation around Hemp & CBD. My family was hemp farmers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony starting in the 1600’s and whalers and sailors who used hemp for sails and ropes until it was unfortunately outlawed in 1937. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and TXHB1325 in 2019 legalizing the cultivation and processing at the federal and state level. Read more>>

Amber Graham

My name is Amber Graham. I am the youngest of six. I grew up in Detroit, MI. After my mom passed my moms best friend took all six of my mothers children to raise when she had none of her own. Although I didn’t have the most expensive or most trendy outfits growing up I was always pushed to express my creativity. I would cut up old sheets and make them into pajamas sewing the fabric by hand. Read more>>

Kimberley Gilbert

Both of my great-grandfathers and grandfathers smoked pipes and cigars. My father’s grandmother smoked a pipe as well. I’ve always enjoyed the aroma of the tobacco, the conversations and quality time shared with each of them while they were smoking. My curiosity as an adult led to me trying a cigar for the first time 17 years ago. I found that smoking cigars relaxed me quite nicely. Read more>>

Patti Darby

When I was a sophomore in college, I worked at a daycare and I was always put in charge of taking photos of the kids for their parents. I soon began babysitting for a family from the daycare and one day instead of paying me. They offered to give me their DSLR camera in exchange for babysitting because they knew I loved taking pictures. Fast forward eight years and my cousin. Read more>>

Tauvanne Estrada

My name is Tauvanne Estrada and I am the owner of Tauvanne LLC ( I am originally from Dallas, Texas both born and raised. I moved to Houston 12 yrs ago to follow my dream of becoming a nurse right after High School and to be close to my mother since at the time she was the only one I could count on to help me finish school after becoming a single mother. Read more>>

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