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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Atlanta has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Shamba

My gifts originated in the church, singing in the choir with my family and being that I grew up watching my mom live out her dreams as an artist signed with SoSoDef, it all felt and feels so organic. I’d go with her to Video shoots, Photoshoots. Performances, etc. and I always knew that’s where I wanted to be in life. Read more>>

Minon Bolton-Sarten

I spread the gospel through song! I’m a praiser/worshiper! Every door that God sends me through is with purpose; it’s intentional! So my prayer is father GRACE me for this moment, give me what I need for THIS assignment. I don’t consider myself to be a deep CHRISTIAN; I’m just connected! I can’t afford not to be! Read more>>

Emily Barta

After art school, I worked day jobs. I pursued lingerie design on the side for a while. I did creative-ish gigs. In the years following college, I spent more creative energy trying to make money and support myself than I did on making art. A decade of day jobs, gigs, burnout, and an artistic hiatus later, I’ve committed myself to make art again. Read more>>

Gene Micofsky

I’m a singer-songwriter, producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. It took me a long time to feel comfortable saying that and not fearing coming off as pretentious. I started off playing guitar because my mom scraped together a few pennies and took me down to a little music shop in South Philly. Read more>>

MareDaTruth

I’m a Recording Artist. I write, record, and engineer my own music. I love making feel-good music. Music thats going to give off more so a happy vibe. I feel my inspiration comes from the people around me or the situations I’ve either experienced or witnessed. Read more>>

Ebony Vines

When I went to high school, I started working in the theater’s stage crew. Eventually, I got the courage to try out for a show and from then on was either cast in or student director for every show my high school did through graduation. Two years later I left for New York City to attend college. Read more>>

Terrance Williams

I knew I wanted to rap when I saw Nelly in the Welcome to Atlanta video, and the camera was spinning around him. I thought it was the coolest shit ever, you feel me? So I started writing raps and poetry in my notepad at school. Read more>>

Skitz Pittz

I am an artist. I create music for the soul. My message is the same throughout my music. Real Rap Real substance. I hope to inspire the listener through my expression of experiences or thoughts in my head. My purpose of music is to make people feel good and boost their energy. Read more>>

Dominique Renee

At the peak of my career, I was offered to do a cameo in a web series. The cameo sparked a role which I won “best break out star” at the Urban Web Series Award. When I started acting, the desire to sing and song write came back. I relate back to Dominique Deveraux as she came into the scene and claim her spot. Read more>>

Skygod Spence

You can dress it up on the Internet. But the artists speaking on real events in real time are the ones that stick around. I’m from Atlanta; it’s no way you’re not going to hear it in my music. The city is my biggest influence. I’ve seen it change so much since a kid and my music reflects that change. Read more>>

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