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Inspiring Stories from Southern 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 Southern Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Lauren Jones

I’ve always had a love for music. I honestly had no idea I’d be in the entertainment industry. I actually thought I was going to be a doctor when I was little. I started with writing poetry for my mom to make her smile and feel better if I felt like she was going through something. So, that was the birth of “music/rap” in a sense. I knew I could write and rap. I started writing and rapping over instrumentals around 2006. I knew I had a passion for rapping. My God Sister bought me a MacBook so I could start recording and creating music. Once I got that I also I ended up talking a bar owner into letting me DJ. I loved it. I became ill in college; at one point I was on 13 pills a day and even hospitalized for over 30 days against my will. battling for mental stability, I am SO PROUD to say I haven’t had one mental pill since 2008. I refused to take on their labels and diagnoses. I started questioning everything. I started studying every religion, energy, chakras, who and what we are. I started meditating heavy and working on mastering my mind and emotions. Read more>>

Jami Robinson

Twisted Flirt began as a Happy Accident. At the time, I was a military wife with three kids and hubby was on a nine month deployment. Money was a little tight and, other than my job, I was playing around with additional ways for a side hustle. I started as a consultant for a few companies, but then I realized they had too many restrictions and I got tired of sharing my profit with them. So, I cut out the middle man, did my research on vendors and started making things happen. The thing is, I didn’t want to be like all the other intimate companies out there. I didn’t want to be a “sales consultant”, I wanted to provide an experience and be in my own lane with it. When hubby was home, we would host small couples nights with friends. I can say, he played a major part in the direction of Twisted Flirt, because he and I would make up different games with Adult themes and had a blast. We were a military community that needed some fun and a breather from kids, but not wanting to do the club thing, you know, so we provided that. Read more>>

Summer Watson

The year was 1997 and a Queen was born. I’m from Buffalo, NY (LETS GO BILLS) but I was raised on the south side of ATL. Probably the nicest girl you’ll ever meet. It’s been one hell of 23 years for me and I’m super excited to be able to share with the world my experience that has turned me into the woman, mother and business owner that I am today!. Read more>>

Ahmad Smith

I have to say the only way I got to where I am today by having a personal relationship with GOD. I know it may sound cliche, but I would do you a disservice if I lied to you. Since a kid, people would always tell me I was destined for greatness. I remember the first time I walked on a stage and performed. I knew at that very moment that this was where I belonged. I found an extreme passion for bringing life and joy into people with the gifts GOD gave me. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of an amazing journey of self-discovery. My mom would always tell me (in her New Orleans accent) “You’re going to be a star baby.” I had no idea the power of that statement until I started to see it manifest in my life. At the age of 14, I won my first talent show. By the age of 23, I generated 1.5 million dollars in real-estate, while still headlining shows for Grammy award-winning producers. I say none of that to boast but to encourage someone to believe that there is more to your life than you can see in this present moment. Read more>>

Olivia Rankin

Like most entrepreneurs, I didn’t come from a silver spoon, nor do I have a beginning dazzled with glitz and glam. My entrepreneurial journey has been met with challenge after challenge. I’ve had to learn how to press forth and persevere through it. As I look back into my childhood, I recognize that I was always an entrepreneur at heart. I always marveled at the businesses that stood as community strongholds. Those businesses empowered the community and the people therein. They did this by giving the people access to opportunities they wouldn’t have been able to reach on their own. I always knew that I would one day be a business owner, but for the longest time I couldn’t pinpoint what type of business I wanted to own. Through the years I’ve had many witty inventions and business ideas that I would share with my parents, but since my parents weren’t business owners, and or wealthy, there was little they could do or say to help me other than give words of encouragement. In my youth I moved through life as a dreamer. The go-getter in me was nowhere to be found. Read more>>

Chelsa Jordan

I am a native Atlantan. I have two incredible children, a daughter age 15 and a son age 22, and an awesome husband of 16 years. At age 17, I became a parent with only one year of high school left, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I only knew that I needed to do something! All my friends were going to college, so that motivated me to attend college while working to care for my son. I had a lot of support from my family who continuously motivated me, but I still really did not know what I wanted to do and could not put a finger on my passion. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree I was not able to find a job in my field and began working dead-end jobs. Around age 24 I received a call from my dad that would change my life forever! My dad had found my brother, his first child that he had been searching for all my life. My late brother Johnathan and I, once we met, became inseparable. Read more>>


I just started rapping no more than a year ago. I’ve been trying to pave my own way for more than six years though. Crazy thing is I wanted to be everything else but a rapper. I feel like I’m more business oriented than anything. Rapping and the music industry is a business, and I just so happen to be good at rapping. When I master both sides, I’ll use those skills in other forms of business. I just want to be a great entrepreneur and be able to pass wealth down to my grandkids and their kids. Rapping is a steppingstone for me, it’s a way to get capital being a black man in America growing up poor with limited resources and knowledge. Many of my peers picked up a gun but I picked up my pen. Amid discovering myself and my talents I found out I could rap. I was always a good writer though. Writing essays was my strong point in school. I felt like I wrote the best essays. In middle school I used to write stories with my classmates as the characters and let them all read it. I guess you can say God gave me a GPS I just had to find my location. Read more>>

Adrienne Mays

Eight years ago, I had my son and I never saw him. I worked in the insurance industry and you never had time to be with your family. I am a single mother and I just couldn’t do it anymore. My father gave me an opportunity to work for him so I could be a stay at home mom. A year or after I started working for my dad, my son was diagnosed with autism. GA is very slow with providing resources for children on the spectrum so his therapies were very expensive. His father never helped with the extra expensive for his treatments and my son wasn’t progressing as he needed to be, I had to figure out a way to cover the cost of it all. Upon doing my research on autism, I noticed that many articles expressed the lack of opportunity for individuals on the spectrum to gain employment and maintain employment. My wheels being to turn on how I can create something for my son and others like him. Also to help earn extra income to help him get the treatments he needs to thrive. Since it was and still is a great shortage in therapists to assist kids like my son, I went back to school to gain my degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Read more>>

King Marino

I am and independent music artist and freelance rapper. This, year I have released two albums. (“Chocolate Star” & “RnB Dream) In addition to the music, I have also launched two online t-shirt companies, ( & and collaborated with many people from all around the world thru social media. Growing up, I had other interests but I was always captivated, entertained and fixated on music. My parents had a nice sound system in our home and there was always music blasting out of the speakers. In grade school, I was in the band every year and got my first formal training learning to play the trumpet. In retrospect, as each year of my life passed, I was just being exposed to more life and most importantly more music. Since I was a child, my goal has always been to find a way to be respected and get paid to create music. My mother passed away in 2019 and since that day, I wake up every day and tell myself, I can. I’ve always wanted to become a professional musician. I had always imagined myself as the child that would one day gift my mom whatever her heart desired. Since her passing, now I wake up and do it for me because I know she can see it all now. Read more>>

Tosha and Kenneth Davis

The 2020 Pandemic started in March 2020 and has undoubtedly brought couples, families, and even strangers together. We wanted to continue this togetherness in our mission to serve families and particularly the elderly with quality dry and canned pantry items along with kitchen appliances. We knew that families would be spending more time at home and in the kitchen. Many of our grandmothers and great aunts always said love starts in the kitchen with families coming together and eating meals together. However, with stretched budgets and unprecedented layoffs, many were looking to save on household essential items including dry and canned goods along with toiletries. Knowing we had devoted over ten years giving back to low-income families and elderly residents, we saw a need to use our resources and funding to build an online grocery store with a warm mission to serve and keep prices as reasonable as possible. We both come from a small town and remember some days not having much to eat, and Kenneth was a helper to his mother in the early 1990’s when his father passed away and voluntarily stepped in to help provide for the family. Read more>>

Jeremiah Perkins

Dance became my passion at a very young age. I often hear my mom tell the story of how I would not talk, but I would dance. I’ve always loved music and even learned my school work to music, songs, and beats. Dance was my way of expression. I did not really start to speak until I was five years old. My mom put me through therapy, and they even told her to learn sign language to communicate with me. Well, if you know my mom, you know that was unacceptable. So my grandmother, mom, and her closest friends came up with the idea to teach me everything through songs. It started to work and I would dance the entire time. Ironically, my mother tried to put me in sports, but I was not interested at all. It was all about dance and the beat of the music. The first time I knew this was something I wanted to do, was at my elementary school. They had a boys step team and we performed in Stockbridge, GA. Read more>>

Young Jahcee

Young Jahcee is a 24-year-old hip-hop artist/producer and filmmaker raised in Orlando, Florida. Introduced to music at a young age, he began to study and fall in love with hip-hop music before he decided to start making tracks. As a film student, he’s highly influenced by cinema and television. Most of his music videos, including his Atlanta FX Rap Tribute — GamGino, were shot and edited by himself, including the graphics. Whether he’s writing a screenplay, a theatrical play, or a rap, Young Jahcee prefers quality over quantity and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon! Read more>>

Tiara Mason

I was born in raised in Atlanta, GA. I grew up in College Park, GA. My love for writing started when I was in the 3rd grade in Ms. Robinson class at Heritage Elementary school in College Park, GA. I use to enter writing competitions at school and some of my work would be displayed either around the school or as a part of the school newsletter. The writing was something that was soothing to me as a child, I love assignments and I loved school assignments that involved book reports or 2-page essays. My writing journey began in 9th grade. I attended Tri-Cities High school in East Point, GA. I was accepted into the magnet program which I studied musical theater and dance. A fun fact about me is before writing, I fell in love with dance, acting and singing growing up. I participated in shows such as Rag Time, Malcom X and Hats. Read more>>

Kendrick Varela

My story is something that I think about frequently. I was born in Georgia but lived briefly in Mexico and a few other states. I always believed I stood out— but not in the way that an athlete would because he outran everyone during PE. I wasn’t academically smart, either. I could not just read a book and then write a paper that blew your mind. No, I was the student that would stand up in class while everyone was sitting down, and the teacher would ask, “why are you standing?” To which, I would always reply, “I don’t know. Just didn’t feel like sitting anymore”. Growing up and finishing school, I had absolutely no plan on what I wanted to do. I had no real idea what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

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