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Inspiration from Sandy Springs

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 rising stars from in and around Sandy Springs below.

Natalie Graham

I was born and raised in a small country town where my grandparents had a farm. Most of the family built their homes on the same land. As a child, I spent many days running back and forth across the yard with my cousins to each family member’s house. The elders kept an eye on us small children while our parents were at work. So many people always commented on how I had an “old soul.” It’s because I was surrounded by elders every single day. I spent a lot of time watching my aunts and uncles either in the garden, cooking in the kitchen, or cleaning homes of the elite. I was a sponge and absorbed everything around me including wisdom at a young age. Read more>>

Devante Lekendrick

I grew up in Michigan between the Tri-Cities and Detroit. I was exposed to a lot very early, which forced me to grow up very fast. There was a lot of negativity around me from one day seeing someone at a party and the next day, they could be in jail or die from either violence, drug overdose, or self-harm. It was truly a survival, I remember I wanted to give up on my life but my will would not let me quit. I’m the oldest of seven siblings so I’m always being watched. I was fortunate to have a few people who showed me a better way of life. Read more>>

Deborah Fawaz

Deborah loves humor, food, family and the beach! She also loves being around other women and is passionate about encouraging them to embrace their natural beauty – becoming more confident and comfortable women. Deborah was born in Joliet, Illinois and raised by her parents in five different cities in Illinois. Dad, a Methodist minister, and her mother, a banker. She has one younger brother, Dave. After graduating from high school in Wauconda, Illinois, she attended Illinois State University, where she received a Bachelor of Education degree in special education. Following the birth of her first child, she went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders at Northern Illinois University. Read more>>

Foster Evans

I first had the idea of starting a clothing brand in 2017. At this time, I knew nothing about running a brand. The first thing I did was I came up with a name and logo and made a dozen shirts and gave them all out to my friends. After I gave them all away, I never really did anything else, just made the shirts, took pictures and that was about it. I had no social media platform, no products, no online store and no idea of what to do next. I basically gave up at this point and got sucked into work for my job and school. I always had the idea of my brand in the back of my mind and it was killing me that I wasn’t doing anything with it. Read more>>

Cori Cranford

I was born and raised in North Georgia. I still live in North Georgia with my husband and our three children. People always ask me, how did you get into the field of caring for others? My story starts from a young age. Growing up and watching my father battle diabetes, which resulted in a multitude of health issues, including kidney failure, I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. Watching the home health nurses come in and take care of his wounds from the amputation of his leg and helping him with in-home dialysis, it was almost a natural instinct to jump in and help anyway I could. Read more>>

Jensen Nemec

One night at the beginning of 2017, I was driving at night and it was raining. I had the radio on, and I was making a music video in my head to whatever song was playing. I felt a nudge in my heart. That was the desire to TRY videography. My heart started to beat faster at the possibility of trying videography one day and wondering if I would LOVE it?! But I had only touched a digital camera and shot photos on auto for fun up until then. I had never even considered video because I believe it was way out of my reach. That night in my car, I realized that my reasons for not trying would be lack of equipment (I did not even a digital camera at this time), lack of money, and fear of failing. I heard God say, TRY IT! So within a month of that day, I filmed my first wedding for free, and then began my journey into the videography and photography world! I also later realized that not EVERYONE makes music videos in their heads while listening to music… lol. Read more>>

Amy Cathryn

I’m Amy Cathryn and I’m a psychic medium! I have been intuitive for as long as I can remember. Even when I was a little girl, I can remember getting “feelings” about people that turned out to be right, and vivid dreams that would days later come true. Additionally, I grew up in Central Alabama, where spiritual self-expression outside of organized religion was generally avoided. Being born and raised in a religious household made for an adventurous journey to accepting myself – and my gifts – completely. As I got older, my spiritual experiences started to intensify. I began to hear voices and feel spirits and things on the other side. Over time my experiences escalated to the point at which I could no longer ignore them. I had two options: believe I was going crazy, or find answers through spirituality. Read more>>

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