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Inspiring Stories from Keys

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 inspiring stories from Keys below.

Xavier Hill

Born and raised in Saint Louis, Mo. Zay Saint is an up and coming artist ready to take over the music industry. Growing up in Saint Louis exposed him early on to the hardcore realities of life. But, At a young age he decided that he would always rise above his circumstances. Fortunately, his love for music gave him comfort in the mist of it all. He turned his life experiences into song lyrics which became somewhat therapeutic. Though this became a passion, he kept his talent under rafts and decided to work and help out his family. He left Saint Louis at the age of 19 and has traveled all over the world with the military. Gaining life-changing experiences and of course more pressure behind his pen. Five years later, he’s ready to share his talents with the world and reveal a part of himself that’s been waiting to debut. He also has an online clothing store attached to his line called “Humble Beginnings Lifestyle.” A line that he launched to represent his life. In the future is plans on opening up an actual store in multiple locations. Read more>>

Emily Shipman

When I lived in Ocean Beach, San Diego, I worked at a local boutique where all the jewelry and candles were handmade by the owners. One particular candle was my absolute favorite, it was filled with notes of Nag Champa. When my husband, daughter, and I made the move back to Key West, not only did I miss working at the local OB boutique, but I also missed being able to buy my favorite candle whenever I wanted. In September of 2018 I had the idea to teach myself how to make candles, purely for the joy of making Nag Champa scented candles whenever I wanted. I quickly learned that there is so much more that goes into candle making than melting wax, adding oil, and pouring it into a jar. What surprised me the most was that I loved the learning process of it all. I soon began buying other oils to experiment with different scent combinations. One of my first being Cinnamon, Vanilla, Bourbon which was the candle that taught me I can’t base all of my scent choices from what only I like. Read more>>

Johnquetta Ellison

I’ve been through multiple walks of life and dominated at everyone. However, I’ve finally been able to pursue my passion, which is braiding. I graduated in 2015 from Florida International University with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology. While in school, I interned for Congressman Joe Garcia. Life got challenging during those years as I gave birth to my first son in 2013, arrested while pregnant, struggling to keep a decent credit score. Still pushing forward in life, I made the conscious decision to join the United States Navy Reserves in 2016. I’m currently four years in service. Although I’ve strived at multiple jobs pertaining to the military and aiding those with mental disabilities, I wasn’t passionate about the work. I always had a niche for doing hair. I remember my first time braiding to the scalp. I was only five years old, practicing on my brother’s hair. Read more>>

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