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Buckhead’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 Buckhead’s rising stars below.

Shelby Balentine and Carmen MacKay

We are both originally from Huntsville, AL, and grew up dancing together. We kept in touch throughout college where Carmen attended Auburn University and studied Fashion Merchandising and Shelby went to the University of Alabama and studied Sports Journalism. We sparked the idea one day after we were discussing how hard it was to find cute and fashion forward outfits that are work appropriate. We hated that we had to create an entire new section in our closet of “work clothes” that we didn’t even like, but we felt we had to have in our young professional lives. After we came up with the idea to create our own online boutique with affordable women’s workwear, we struggled to find the perfect name. Read more>>

Ashley J. Gilmer

I’m passionate about educating, entertaining and inspiring. I have 11+ years of professional digital media experience as an award-winning videographer, photographer, graphic designer and web designer. I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from North Carolina A&T State University in 2012 (AGGIE PRIDE!). I also earned a Master of Arts in Interactive Media from Elon University in 2014. In 2019, I became an FAA certified Part 107 drone pilot. In the past, I’ve worked with Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Guilford College, Pace Communications, Gannett, and CNN. My No. 1 goal is to tell meaningful stories that drive connections and business objectives. Read more>>

Andreco Bowles

I started out collecting sneakers. Growing up I didn’t have all of the new sneakers that everyone else had. As a kid that bothered me but I knew my mom did what she could so I never complained. Once I was old enough to work and make my own money, I told myself that I would buy every sneaker that I wanted whenever it released. Time went on and my collection began to grow. I started to create a bond with a lot of employees in the shoe stores because I was there shopping frequently. Over time I began to get the shoes most of my friends weren’t able to get their hands on. That lead to them asking me for assistance in getting their own pair of the hottest new releases. Of course, I wanted to help my friends out so I would ask the employees I’m the store if they could help me out and they agreed. Read more>>

Khalil Gay

I’m an NC-based hip-hop artist going by the name 2FLY KNG. I’ve been penning rhymes since the age of 9. Growing up in a household where music was always played throughout the day, I was opened to many different styles and sounds very early, which contributed to my love of music at a young age. After losing my father – who was also an emcee – at the age of 8, I was inspired even more to explore the world of hip-hop and begin writing songs of my own. A well-rounded musician and producer, my style includes elements of jazz and neo-soul, while still remaining true to hip-hop in its purest form. My most recent album, YOU LOST, was unveiled on all streaming platforms on October 15, 2020, giving listeners just a sneak peek into how diverse I can be. My laid-back cadence and inspirational lyricism mesh together smoothly to give listeners a sort of nostalgic feel in his raps. Read more>>

Sierra Sumpter

I’ve always been interested and entranced by different forms of artistry and expression. Whether it be musical, digital, visual, or culinary arts, I was surrounded by all things imaginative and innovative brought to my eager attention by the creative people in my family. So naturally, I fell into their footsteps beginning with drawing, then learning to play the cello, teaching myself to use Photoshop, and then, at the beginning of high school I eventually scooped up my sister’s camera when she wasn’t looking and started taking photos of anything I pointed the lens to. While my photographer spree didn’t last long, it left an everlasting impression on me and it wasn’t until I was 18 when I reintroduced myself to photography, only through modeling. It was something I had always wanted to do, but was too scared to admit or try out. Read more>>

Rick Stevenson

I am a 20-year-old entrepreneur from the Chicago land area. I moved to Atlanta to extend my brand and to help extend my network connections. I first started making music at the age of 10 when my stepdad brought home FL studio for his own purposes. I learned the program quickly and been glued ever since. I don’t like to put myself in a box. I’m a young creative that has a lot of vision. When I work with artists, I enjoy to bring life out of the music that we create. I produce the record, engineer it, and create graphics and motion graphics for the song. I started working with graphics around the same age that I was introduced to making beats. Read more>>

Shay Sutton

Our Mission: To Empower Women and Youth to SPEAK OUT about Domestic Violence; in addition to Providing a Voice to those who were Silenced. Pitch Black Fashion Weekend was Inspired by a Model, in Philadelphia, PA, by the name of Vanessa Banks and founded by Shay Sutton of Scripted 1 Clothing Line on October 23rd, 2013. She was Murdered, on January 31, 2012, during a disagreement with her boyfriend. He shot her in the face, then killed himself. Miss Banks was the Lead Model and VP of Scripted Clothing Line. She Inspired many people and was an Amazing Force in the Fashion Industry. Read more>>

Abel Girma

MOBoombox was founded in 2014 by Abel Girma, Wayne Mclean and James Spears at Old Dominion University. The platform was created with the objective of creating a platform for emerging talents to showcase their craft while promoting and endorsing quality entertainment. Based in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area, we hosted several events like our RnArt series where we feature rising talents from the art and music industry. We host events so the viewers cannot only read about new talents but see them perform live to get an overall vibe of what they bring to the culture. Read more>>

Lineka Michelle

I was working at other portrait studios and I got really bored and said I would love to do this on my own. So I did I was a single mother and said I want to set my own hours and create what I wanted to vs. being inside of being in a studio. And I love every bit of creating memories for families from birth to weddings! Read more>>

Amina Sahovic

In April of 2019, I got the idea to start my own brand. I’ve always pushed people to be a boss, and one morning I woke up wanting to be my own boss. My brand is so much more than a name, and it is built on the foundation of love, hard work, and inspiration. My first intent when I made this brand was to motivate other people to take success in their own hands, and I have seen it do that and more throughout my time working on it. Read more>>

Alana Saporiti

I began my career working in the fashion industry 11 years ago. I have held every title imaginable, from showroom manager to international buyer. I was living a really fast-paced, masculine, and Solar driven life which was completely out of alignment for me. I birthed a new creative outlet and transitioned into jewelry design, attended the Gemological Institute of America, and started my own bespoke fine jewelry business, Townsend + True, in 2015. I specialize in heirloom jewelry resets, giving old or broken treasures a new life. While the newfound freedom of owning my own business was so exhilarating and fulfilling, something was still missing (connection to Source, community, and ritual). Read more>>

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