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Midtown’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 Midtowns’s rising stars below.

Xavier Grace

Starting out with no focus no goals skating through life as a kid to teen I was purposeless. A small handful of things I enjoyed and half as many I was actually good at. In a chorus classroom finessing my way to Disney world I walked in on my now best friend of quite a few years freestyling to people playing the piano. Prior to this I didn’t know much about rap music I was in 8th grade grew up in a gospel r&b household. From the moment I jumped in and started rapping I haven’t been able to stop. Rap has my whole heart after soul searching and potentially almost losing my life at Roswell mills the rapper Roswell was born about three years later and he’s here to be a staple in the genre. Read more>>

Hezzie Alexander Jr

I’m Hezzie Alexander Jr, known as Z Royalty. I was born June 18, 1996 in Dallas, Texas but reside to Atlanta, GA; where I will continue expanding and growing my brand. I am a 24 year old, future Mogul, entrepreneur, multi-talented artist who seeks a passion in fashion, dancing, creative directing, songwriting and of course music. I begin singing as little boy and join the elementary choir up until my last year in middle school. I had been writing music since elementary; where me and my friends would be at the park free styling every day after school. When I entered high school I wanted to pursue myself as a solo artist and also show my skills in dance, so I begin to study my style, sound, vision, the industry, and more knowledge about music and business. Read more>>

Lyntrell Jacobs

I started out very young as a makeup artist who was passionate for the art of it all. Young and desperate to leave my 9-5 to follow my creative spirit, I packed up and moved me and my children to Atlanta from everything and everyone we knew for more opportunity. In a few short months, I left my 9-5 in the Finance Industry to go full time in my business around 2010 and eventually went on to open a women’s clothing boutique in 2013. I would always get asked what I did and how I did it, so young as a single mom with three children at that time (I have 4 hearts now). After much trial and error it all boiled down to I finally found what worked for me and created a strategy around it. My life changed and now I help other women entrepreneurs grow their business to change their lives as well. Read more>>

Sayquon Keys

Nigerian descent but I grew up in Baltimore City, left for LA when I was 21 years old to pursue my dream to become a dancer. Spent 15 years in LA perfecting my craft and accomplishing my goals. Since then I’ve choreographed for Mariah Carey, Fergie, Jessie J, So you think you can Dance, Chippendales, Chocolate City and much much more!!!! I recently booked my dream job and first feature film COMING2AMERICA, where I then decided to move to Atlanta to continue pursuing my dreams. Since arriving in Atlanta I’ve taught dance classes at all the studios and also helped open a New studio myself called inspire Studios!!!! My latest project DREAMWORLD will be coming to a stage near you this summer!!!!!! Being in Atlanta has been nothing but a blessing and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!!!!!. Read more>>

Serica Emani Weaver

In the year of 2015, upon graduating from Lucy Craft Laney High in Augusta, Georgia, I went off to attend the illustrious Spelman College here in Atlanta. Throughout my matriculation at Spelman, I found it extremely challenging to choose my field of study. I went from Psychology, due to my passion for mental wellness and mental health counseling, to English, because of my passion for writing, and lastly to Studio Art, where I discovered myself as a creative at heart. I always loved the idea of being multifaceted. However, at the time, I had no idea of how I would bridge all of my passions together. Fast forward to a life changing experience of studying abroad and leaving Spelman in the year of 2017, I began my journey as a creative at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I’ve always been fascinated by the opportunity to hone my creative abilities while striving to change the way people see the world of design. Studying Interior Architecture gave me a different perspective on how to accomplish that goal. Read more>>

Robreauna Ruiz

My name is Robreauna Ruiz and I am an entrepreneur and business owner from the Bay Area, California. I currently have two businesses named Fash N’ Lash and CurlCandi. I started Fash N’ Lash back in 2018. I was in nursing school looking for a new career path and the beauty industry has always been my lane of passion! I started lashing and my business as an artist soared tremendously, which caused me to turn my artistry into its own lash brand/company. I moved to Atlanta to expand my business with lashing and began to work with so many celebrities. It was crazy. However, when I moved and tried to build my own glam team for my hair, nails etc, I noticed a gap in the hair industry with curly hair. Read more>>

 

Shreyas Sonwane

The seed of my dream and passion was sowed when I was in 6th grade. My parents took me to watch The Incredibles. It was one of the first animated films that I saw. I was really amazed by how it was done, even though I had no clue about the work that went into it. That’s what led me to research about animated films. After high school, I started looking for courses in the field of Animation and VFX. Unfortunately, there was no college in my city that would offer a degree for the same. So, I had to complete my Bachelor’s in Commerce in parallel to my Diploma in Animation & VFX. My Diploma was the point when that seed which was sowed years ago, started budding. I was new to the world of animation and filmmaking. Read more>>

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