Val Santos has an energy that’s infectious. Whether she is concert hopping on the weekends, connecting through social media or taking over the airwaves in Austin she brings her signature relatability and humor with her everywhere she goes! Born in Raised in Phoenix, Arizona; Val’s love affair with radio started as a child when she would record her favorite shows onto cassette tapes and talk over the jocks pretending she herself was the host. The light bulb went off above her head after leaving a Chris Brown concert and seeing a DJ hype up the crowd that this radio life was for her. Taking her life in her hands Val headed to Albany New York where she attended the New School of Radio & TV. In 2011 Val packed her bags for the Lone Star State and brought her talents with her to Texas starting out as an intern. Currently reigning as an iHeartmedia social media director and radio talent, Val is killing the airwaves as a fan favorite personality for KPEZ 102.3 The Beat in Austin, TX!
The Tiarra Girls
From the moment she hits the stage, you sense Candy Coburn is not your run-of-the-mill chick singer. Bringing her own high-energy style, great music and signature green guitars to the stage, Candy puts on a show that rocks! Growing up in Western Kentucky, Southeast Missouri and part-time in Texas makes for quite an interesting melting pot of experiences and influences for a career in music. When asked who her biggest influences are she will tell you the list is too long to rattle off in less than an hour and that the list would include some of the unique characters in her family as well. Her original songs, live show, and her approachable, down-to-earth personality, attract growing numbers of the most loyal and dedicated fans from coast to coast. Candy likes to keep it real and she takes care to not get lost in the trappings of an active career of entertainment on some of the best stages in the country. The generosity and positive spirit of this petite country rocker give her an innate ability to soften even the hardest of hearts and spark the fires of belief that good things really can happen for those who work hard and keep the faith. Please visit or contact us at .
Niki Symone, a native of San Antonio Texas , is an R&B Soul and Neo Soul musician. From Old School to New , She can bring you acappella, with instrumental background or with live music. Niki began singing at the age of 3 humming to songs in church and on radio , and at the age 6 as a member of her local church choir which she continue til her adult years. Church was where she developed her talented and was encouraged to continue singing by her late father who also was a singer/musician. At the age 19 she joined a local youth group --- San Antonio Youth Ensemble (SAYE) --- which was the highlight in her singing journey . With her musical background, her love for music is what keeps her striving towards her dream of singing professionally.
Not a stranger to the stage Niki Symone is also an Actress, Model and Host! With her unique personality and the combination of her God given talents, she is ready to be on top of the world. Please contact her at , Twitter @nikisymone210 or IG @ nikisymonemusic
Nubia Emmon is a multi-talented singer/rapper, dancer and songwriter born in the “Capital of Live Music” – Austin, Texas. She comes from a family of artists including a distant cousin, none other than The Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson. Music flows through Nubia who was singing by the time she was 3. She has performed solo, in duets and with live bands. Believing passionately in supporting fellow artists, Nubia has completed dozens of collaborations which has included recording artist, Lil Niqo (Def Jam), who jumped on her track 'Dancing Machine'. Recognizing her talent, listening fans have voted her #1 in various categories from Austin to New York to Atlanta, GA.
Nubia has a socially conscious side and plans to use her talent in music to give back to her community through The Nubia Emmon Foundation, which focuses on motivating youth and breast cancer awareness such as the event she and her team are hosting, Pretty Girls that Rock the Mic. Realizing what it takes: sacrifice and hard work, Nubia's dream is to become a world class performer. For information, please visit nubiaemmon.com or email .
KB The Boo Bonic
Tiarra Girls are three sisters who perform multiple instruments and are singer/songwriters. They are archived in the Austin History Center as the Youngest Latina Band in Austin and voted #1 Best performing band Under -18 by the Austin Chronicle.
Their mission statement is to be a voice for those who can't be one for themselves.
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Twitter: @Tiarra Girls
What started as a love for words blossomed into a decade-long career as an emcee for KB the Boo Bonic. While growing up in Houston Texas she began freestyling and became entranced by the culture of hip hop. During her senior year of college she penned her debut album, "Scars Are Sexy". The now Austin-based femcee has since released her sophmore album, "Farrah Flossitt", and is currently finalizing her next single, "You Ain't Kno", produced by Zaytoven. Last year she was ecstatic to play her first international show in Mexico City and is scheduled to perform across the U.S. in 2016.
By being a strong, educated woman facing the challenges of the often misogynistic landscape of hip hop, KB hopes to show young women that they can achieve any goal they set for themselves with passion, hard work, and integrity. Like a boss chick. KB the Boo Bonic can be reached at .
There are several sides to every story and Courtney Santana is no exception. She is a well-known vocalist, actress, and performer; She is also a renowned public speaker and advocate; as well as, a community volunteer and mother. As a member of Austin’s theater community, she has performed in some of Austin’s most loved musical performances including Dreamgirls, Fame, Porgy & Bess, and RENT. In May of 2012, she was honored to be the cover of Austin Women’s Magazine for her work as a vocalist and an advocate of domestic violence survivors. Last but not least, she is a loving mother to her two beautiful children, daughter Kendall and son Brendan and the blushing wife to Gary Santana. Please contact her @ 512.308.6040 or .
Lexi Garza, who describes herself as a nerd, was born in Ocala, Florida and was raised in Laredo, Texas. She has been writing lyrics ever since she could write and freestyling since 6th grade. Growing up, Lexi has had to overcome major struggles in life. When she asked God about her life He pretty much told her she had to overcome her struggles so that those who are also in similar situations can listen to her words. Lexi's goals are to become a respected gospel rap artist. She believes that she can reach many others whose lives have been touched with adversity, who can also relate, and have hope that they can change.
Ashé Arts was developed for the preservation of the African culture (throughout the Diaspora) and its presentation to the broader community. Using the dynamic nature of the cultural arts, Ashé Arts aims to add to the Austin community of color, amplifying its voice. Ashé Arts aims to create a living museum in the community (griots). So we may understand our value and feel competent to act upon it through human development, artistic skill, and activism.We offer a Saturday School for youth, community classes, and a Collective for performing artists of color.
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The Ramnites Dance Team is based at Huston-Tillotson in Austin, Texas.
We are grateful for their participation in this event!