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Downtown’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 Downtown’s rising stars below.

Misnomer Band

The project began as a small group of friends looking to express some unique musical ideas. Almost all of us met in the UGA Jazz and marching band programs and the Athens music scene. The band came together as a result of our saxophonists José and Chandler putting some jazz sextet arrangements together and then deciding to expand the ideas to a larger ensemble. We were fortunate to have a start in Athens, a town where people are really nurturing to new, unique artists. We love Athens and that community that helped us get to where we are today. Read more>>

Cecelia Townes

For as long as I can remember, sports and advocating for others has been a major part of my life. As a child, you could probably find me being the captain of whatever sports team I was on, speaking up for my teammates and trying to get the “W.” My love of sports and people have propelled me into my life today. I am proud graduate of Howard University and the University of California, Los Angeles-School of Law. Read more>>

Dawn Myers

Most of my life, I struggled with severe anxiety. I was consumed with managing this heightened state of nervousness about everything. It was exhausting, debilitating and overwhelming to say the least. I tried many avenues of traditional and alternative healing but was not able to find lasting relief. Symptoms would subside but return shortly after. However, I never gave up hope because I knew my life would not be defined by constant panic and fear. Read more>>

Lin Oz

Born in Holland Utrecht to a Queen, I started my journey through following my heart. Before I got back to America, I was traveling to Europe and Africa, and there was a lady who told me that no matter what I do or no matter what I go through to always follow my heart. So, as I was on my way to sign my lease, I saw a big mural around the corner that said, “follow your heart” and this is what started my journey with my company, a photography/gallery space in the West End. I started my journey through following my heart. Read More>>

Ayanna Smith

I am a member of Tila Studios located in East Point, Ga. One of their 2018 Garden Fellows. I am a painter and mixed media artist born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. My foundation in art is based on my exposure to art as a young child. My father, Daw’u, is a print-maker and visual artist. In grade school, I worked as a Senior Art Apprentice for the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs. There, I trained in different mediums such as oils, ceramics, cubism, and textiles. I graduated from American InterContinental University, with BFA in Fashion Marketing and Design. Read more>>

Brittany Miller

I have never been one to settle for less than what I want. I’ve always been a straight A student, always loved a challenge and could never rest when I had something to accomplish. Back in 2013, I had four daughters, a pretty good job and I had just gotten married. I was losing my mind at work every day working so hard and still being under so much stress, all while literally helping my boss make millions on his off day. I quit. I discussed it with my husband and the next day, I quit. From that point on, I have been a fulltime entrepreneur. Read more>>

Jah Rawlings

I started AEBL seven years ago, well, actually eight years ago, but the league itself has been going on for seven summers. I created AEBL because I wanted to use basketball as a way to create a league that would not only impact basketball players but the community and city at large to be able to see live sports and Entertainment featuring Pro players and celebrities for FREE. It’s definitely been a little challenging at times trying to develop a true and authentic product within the community with so many uncertainties with weather (because AEBL was originally created for an outdoor vision, to securing a constant home facility. Read more>>

Keila J. Brown

I knew I was an entertainer absurdly early in life. I was such an empathetic kid with deep emotions and sensitivity. I was constantly lost in the clouds with a huge imaginary life. Performing became a natural outlet and I liked affecting people around me. I couldn’t articulate it then, but I often felt misunderstood or downright invisible because of my retreat, so it was my way of bringing others into my world. I was connecting through art and I’ve been hooked ever since. Read more>>

Naomi Glay

I believe everything has its divine purpose. I moved to Atlanta from Kansas City Missouri in 2013 to pursue my modeling career and to get a new environment. My best friend and I had so many obstacles before even getting to Atlanta (car troubles, lack of money, lack of knowledge, etc.), despite all the warning signs we still moved. Anything would be better than Kansas City, we thought. I moved to Atlanta with 500 dollars and never looked back. Each year, I could not compare the current one to the last. Read more>>

Dr. Hope Stoney

As a child growing up in Charleston, SC, I have always known that I wanted to be a doctor and help those who were in need. I’ve always had a passion for others and being able to help people always gave me a sense of fulfillment. After exploring different avenues and opportunities with the medical field, the doors to what I thought I wanted to do in life all seem to close. It was a discouraging process and I did not understand why while going through the process of not knowing there was something greater waiting for me. It wasn’t until I was introduced to Chiropractic that my world started to change. Read more>>

Megan Kober

I went to school to become a registered dietitian ten years ago, and when I completed my program, I was at a loss. I had no desire to work as a dietitian in a hospital or in any sort of medical setting. It was 2009, so it was tough to find a decent job, so I did what probably many college graduates did that year – I bartended (on and off for the next nine years!) I held a few other jobs the next several years with start-ups so I really learned how to be scrappy and build a business from nothing. When the company I was working for five years ago shut down, I felt like I was having a quarter-life crisis. Read more>>

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