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Inspiring Stories from East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Caleb Hoe

Rhythm and the ability to dance, rap, and sing have shown to be qualities bestowed upon me since the earliest moments of my encounters with music. As a child, prior to even understanding the talent and passion within me, I would be intensely into whatever music I was dancing to or reiterating, proving myself to be a performer prior to my notice. Read more>>

Kelsey Nykole

Growing up in the Midwest with a single mom & nine brothers and sisters, getting my hair done professionally was not in the cards very much for us. Wanting to look my best was always my goal as a young girl, so doing my own hair was a must if I wanted to avoid my mom’s pressing comb and super-tight bump & curled iron outs. Read more>>


I was born in Decatur, GA, from two Jamaican parents. They were also musicians before I was born. I started piano early at the age of six, picked up trumpet and choir at eight, marching band at 11 and making beats at 12. Since then all of these have contributed to my career as an artist and a producer. Read more>>

Matthew Moses

I started the company as a high school senior at B. E. Mays High School in Atlanta. In my junior year, my friend Kwame Thomas and I created a comic strip called THE YARD for the school paper. The strip was popular, as we always found unique ways to include other students in the storylines. As our senior year rolled around, we realized it was May and we didn’t have class T-shirts. Read more>>

Raquel Curtis

Nearly 10 years ago, I’d just completed my bachelors in criminal justice and soon after was hired as a correctional officer and you know what? I loved it! My only conflicting issue was, while I was bedridden during my pregnancy I hadn’t earned enough FML (family medical leave) to sustain me through a term, let alone maternity leave once she was born. Read more>>


I started music at the age of two; not really saying words but I had the movements and my own language. Music started to take off when I joined a group called “J-UNIT” group full of nothing but family. Huncho was Swagga C, my cuz Shack, myself, bj, and 4K. we were going hard for years. the group fell apart later down the road and I was solo for 2 years but still working with my brother Lachii (Swagga C) through it all. Read more>>

Ashley Stewart-Fadugba

As a young girl (as early as five years old), I can fondly remember going to work with my mom. It wasn’t until later on that I discovered I was literally almost born in an office. My mother left work on Friday, delivered me on Saturday and was back to work shortly after with me in tow. I would help with organizing, filing, answering phones and even mass mailings. Read more>>

Melissa Dickinson

I’ve been a professional therapist for 13 years. I’ve worked in community mental health, youth detention, and private practice. I work with a variety of issues both individually and in relationships. I specialize in gender, sexuality, and more recently chronic illness. Read more>>

Ash Joints

My father and my second oldest brother we’re both involved with music when I was growing up. There was music constantly playing at my house! When my dad was younger, he was in a band and they played “go-go” music. He played bass guitar and sang really good, then he got into Djing. I remember he uses to sing around the house and I found my voice when I was only in 3rd grade. Read more>>

Jason Waller

Early 2017, I envisioned a place where music, coffee, and mental wellness could come together. I began to reverse engineer the thing to where we are today. I’m a first-time coffee shop owner. This is actually my first barista job. Music and community building is my main background. I’ve played in bands over half my life and I’m in a situation where I can’t tour. Read more>>

Isaiah Hill

Growing up in Atlanta, I got my start playing music at the age of six years old. My grandad bought my sister a keyboard and bought me a bike for Christmas and in true sibling fashion, we gravitated toward each other’s gift thinking that it was the better one. When I got the keyboard, I started playing by ear and that’s when I knew music was going to be my thing. Read more>>

Sissi Kal

I began my life journey in the suburbs of Paris, France where I was born and raised up until the age of seventeen. I am a child of Armenian immigrants, my father was born in Beirut, Lebanon and mother in Aleppo, Syria. They both ran from the civil war in Lebanon in the mid-seventies and that is how my younger sister Annie and I were born in France. Read more>>

Tha Genius

Music has really been my life since a child. I’m from a small town in Florida called Rockledge, my Grandmother was a pastor (just recently retired), and everyone from my mother, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, pretty much everyone is musically inclined. So, I knew eventually the music industry was a route I’d take from early on, I always thought it would be just as an artist never as a producer or label owner. Read more>>

Adrian Forbes

I was born in Hartford, CT and I grew up in a musically enriched household. From as early as I could remember, I was exposed to a vast range of genres of music, and this was influential in my ability to become a versatile musician. When I was 10 years old, I was introduced to playing drums in a big band setting. By 15, I had decided that I would pursue a career in the music industry but I wasn’t exactly sure of what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Annie Lockwood

As a kid, my career aspirations were to be an actress, radio DJ, stand up comedian, and roller-skating waitress. So far, I have done/am doing all those things except one. I have always enjoyed being a ham and entertaining people. In college, I got an internship at WERC Birmingham, a local AM/FM station, to work on a Saturday morning home improvement radio show. Read more>>

Cher’Don Russom-Reynolds

I started She Prints It, LLC in February 2017 and shortly after, I launched our retail line She Wear Club. I started She Prints It so that women in business had a company that understood their branding needs and could help them bring their visions to life. I have met so many amazing SheEOs with great brands, missions, and stories but they didn’t have anything that spoke to that. Read more>>

Stephen Ochs

Growing up my family bred dogs so I have been around dogs my entire life and at that point in time, I was working in the alcohol industry so it seemed like my talents were perfectly aligned to make this happen! From that day, I began an almost five-year journey to opening Fetch Park. I had a ton of ups and downs during that time from hearing no to 86 banks. Read more>>

Kemoi Gibson

Well to make a long story short I’m from the Bronx, NY and I moved to Atlanta when I was in the 9th grade. I’ve always been into fashion, music, art, & pretty much everything creative. In High School my group of friends & I use to throw some of the biggest house parties/kickbacks in our area. Read more>>

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