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College Park’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 College Park’s rising stars below.


I was born in Macon, GA, to a broken household. I don’t want it to sound like I’m holding anything towards my dad but I got into everything I did to take my mind off of the pain he caused. Football, boxing, soccer, tennis, baseball, etc. it got to a point I was taking my anger out on the field and tackling, etc. with force to hurt some of the other kids in games, but no one realized why I was going so hard. Music found its way to me because mom wanted to get rid of some of that frustration and anger I had because at that time I couldn’t understand why dad just disappeared, this life thing was still new to me. She went out and got my first voice recorder with the mic and tape recorder and when songs would get to the end on the radio, they had this lil empty beat part and I would record it on tape over and over till it was long enough to be an instrumental and would freestyle on recording EVERYDAY, Got a lil older and start listening to freestyle Fridays and called in on the house phone while my mom was at work, knowing I was too young but won my Friday, and my mom found out and took everything lmao. Read more>>

Rainey Shinholster

I started doing hair when I was in middle school. I’ve Always had long thick coarse hair but I was very tender headed. My older sister always used to braid my hair but I would cry the entire time. So one day, I decided I was going to start doing my hair and I’ve been doing it ever since then. I was even doing grown folks hair when I was in middle school. After the pandemic hit, I decided I wanted to move to an area where the beauty industry was big so I moved from a small town in Florida called Bradenton to Riverdale. Read more>>

Jovan Dais

Aye Tea Elle was formed by three best friends that met in southwest Atlanta at Beecher Hills Elementary school in the 1st grade. With a background in the entertainment industry, we have always had a knack for attracting people, and we understand show business. We wanted to give our community an experience like no other that includes amazing service, delectable tapas, craft cocktails, and some amazing talent. Aye Tea Elle is our 1st restaurant, and during the building process, we were affected by Covid like the rest of the world. What seemed like it an unfortunate situation turned into a real blessing, in the middle of our building process, the next door neighbor moved out which gave us the opportunity to expand. Our goal was to build in our own community so that we may be able to give back to our community. Read more>>

Marquavius Walthall

It all started back in Tri-Cities High School being put in Home Economics where I begin for acquire a passion for cooking. I’ve always loved food but cooking always interested me because of the science behind it. I would come home everyday from school just to watch food networks and learn creative ways to make different meals. I would always cook until years later, my older cousin suggested I should start a business to let others try my food. I took his advice and came up with the name by combining the two things I love which is Music and Food “Culinary Groove”. Read more>>

Kristal Holmes

I am a mother, health coach, attorney, and podcaster, thriving after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I am passionate about helping women heal from chronic stress and burnout and lose weight, anxiety, and fatigue so that they may lead healthier and fuller lives. In 2008, the high stress from my legal career caused me to experience debilitating stress and anxiety which led me to turn to food as comfort. At my breaking point, I found myself overweight, exhausted, and unhappy. I knew that I needed help, so I enlisted the help of a personal trainer. Only three months later, after seeing immaculate results, I began preparing to participate in my first bikini competition. While I my physique had changed, the bigger change for me was that the excessive stress and anxiety had decreased tremendously. Read more>>

Toriann Ray

I studied advanced business marketing in high school and it became my pathway. Once I got a taste of what starting your own business was like by doing high school projects and assignments centered around business I just thought to myself “I already know what I want to do once I graduate” it came so easy to me. I knew I was way too creative for a regular 9 to 5 but I still got one anyway to fund my business. For a long time I didn’t know what kind of business I wanted to start it was so much to choose from and get into I had no idea, then one day I sat back and thought about myself and what people like about me. I realized I would always get the most compliments on my hair regarding how nice it looked, so I decided to go with selling hair because I knew how much money I was spending on hair and I knew it was such a big industry to build success with. So I started doing my research on how to start a hair company and checking out other hair companies just to look for inspiration on building one. Read more>>

Itzel Bacilio lopez

I was raised in the industry- my mom has been a business owner since I was born so all the memories that I have are related to hair in someway; no birthday parties, holidays, or even vacations to reminisce upon. After high school, I had no direction to what I wanted to do, so I started focusing on what I knew. After all those years it seemed like my brain absorbed a lot of information, so when I started practicing my hands started to learn what they needed to do. The pandemic was a big eye-opener for me, because before I did not realize what I had and what I could do. When the risk approached that could cost me everything- the way I saw things changed. I saw the opportunity to create an entirely new business model involving a lot of social media work along with booking using electronic application. As I promoted my work and what I can do, one of my followers (a friend I haven’t seen in years) came to get his hair done. He has helped me build great connections (including some actors) which have increased my drive to continue my education in the steps of some of the top stylists in the industry, thus making my work more detailed and granting me abilities to do some of the harder jobs in the industry. Read more>>

Aneesia Hall

I’m from a small town called Edison, Ga. I now reside in Atlanta, Ga where I’ve been for the past 7 years. I’ve always had a “passion for fashion” since middle school. I remember “borrowing” some of my mother’s clothes and wearing them to school. I wore heels maybe every other day in middle and high school. What teenager you knew “wanted” to wear heels every day and could actually walk in them? I thought I was a fly girl back then and still do today at 32! I’ve always been the type to learn how to do things on my own to save money and actually learn something new. Over the years I started watching YouTube how to videos more and more. I purchased my first sewing machine in 2019. Fast forward to when the Coronavirus pandemic started, I actually started using it and making custom pieces of clothing. I fell in love with going to the fabric stores and finding new pieces to make. It was when people would ask me to make certain pieces for them which made me think, I could really go somewhere with sewing. I’ve always wanted to start a clothing boutique but so many people had one and it made me feel as if I wouldn’t be successful with my own. Read more>>

Monteze Sutton

I have worked as an actor, singer, writer, and director. I had the honor of performing at the world-famous Apollo Theater in the year 2017. Since 2016, I’ve been performing as Luther Vandross in Stepp Stewart’s A Soulful Christmas. I’ve previously appeared in Atlanta Black Theater Fest plays such as The Voices of Carmen. In the year 2018, I decided to form Theatric Arts, a theater company. Due to a lack of funding and opportunities, the project eventually failed. However, in the year 2021, I successfully revived the company and launched it under the name Monteze Sutton Productions on November 12, 2021. The audience was enthralled on opening night, and the show had a cast of 13 people. In the month of February of 2021, this show will go on tour and I plan to continue my theatric journey with my team. Read more>>

Shaun Corbett

I come from an abusive upbringing with non-consistent places to live and drug addicted family. My mother worked two jobs while life just happened for the rest of us. Due to physical abuse, I left home at the age of 15yrs old and never looked back, so the streets became my family. Without proper guidance and parental support, I fell victim to pretty much all of the traps laid out for young black men: I became a teenage parent, started dealing drugs, learned to self medicate, nearly losing my life, I got shot and then finally found myself celebrating my 21st birthday in prison. Sitting in my cell, I knew that I didn’t want this to be the rest of my life. I just didn’t know what the change was going to be or how to change paths. I just knew I needed and wanted a change. Upon coming home from prison, I worked odd jobs and small hustles to keep food in my stomach and shelter over my head, but couldn’t land a secure job. Read more>>

Adrian Gardner

I was raised in Dawson, a small town in southwest Georgia. I went to Terrell Middle High school and graduated in 2011. I moved to Atlanta soon after graduation as I was beginning college. I attended Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) from 2011 to 2015 and was a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Team from 2011 to 2014. I started getting involved with music in 2012 after two years of moving around in Atlanta. I was introduced to up and coming producer J-Wood through a mutual friend and began working on my first project, AG The Mixtape, in 2012. In October 2013, I would drop AG: The Mixtape on Soundcloud and officially start my music career. From 2013 to now Me and J-Wood would work together to produce numerous mixtapes: Blessed With Progress(2014), Kung FU Grizzly (2017), and C.R.E.W.(2018), and I would start experimenting with my sound more and more on each one. During this time I would also participate in various open mics, rap competitions, and showcases. Read more>>

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