A group of wonderful writers known for allowing their voices to speak truths that move people to ponder. Within this project centered around the Covid-19 pandemic, they are expanding and extending their expertise and learning to further explore the waters surrounding us.
Local Chicano Poet
Local Chicano Musician
Founder of 16 Scriptures
Long Beach Native
Sojourna was born and raised in California. She has had a long career in the arts ranging from acting in theatre for over 14 years, singing with her newly assembled band, and writing poetry. Poetry has been with her since she was a child, she has recently become a published author with her first poetry collection called: Beautifully Broken Blue Butterfly, now available on Amazon.
Laura Cook, Mentor
Also affectionately knows as 'MmaMma Laura' by the local Sac Town communities. Laura is also a spokenword artist, who draws, paints and dabbles in photography and has also been employed by UC Davis’ Sacramento Area Youth Speaks as a curriculum builder and workshop facilitator for the past decade. They are raising academic standards of learning by implementing a lively combination of writing, spokenword, social justice, hip-hop, and music as tools and driving forces for engagement.
WASSHHAANNIINNN! My name is Mercy LAGAAIA and I’m from East San Jose. I was born in American Samoa and moved to Cali when I was 2. I then moved out here in Sac and graduated from Grant Union High School (PACERS 4 LIFE). I come from a well grounded line of ancestors who fought for my right to write and speak so I spit poetry. I’m 22 and speak my mind.
Destiny Tierra is a 23year old poet, singer, and songwriter. Raised in Sacramento, her main goal is to inspire and empower black youth while shedding light on the injustices that happen in our community. She creates heavy poems centered around her experiences as a black woman.
"Since as early as I can remember I have used art as a vessel for not only my healing but for many others on a local and global scale. I started singing at the age of four and have been vocal training for over eight years now. Through writing songs and poetry I was able to travel the country on multiple trips to an international youth poetry competition. I had the pleasure of taking the lead as captain of my team in 2018 where we were able to make third in the world for the Brave New Voices poetry slam. Based in Sacramento, California, I have had amazing support as I was able to sell out my first solo concert, make both of the highest played radio stations in Sac and participate in a high school tour across the city. With building my support base, I have been able to grow on all platforms including Spotify where I recently reached my first one million streams on my cover song “Ruthless”. Growing up listening to Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston, soul was embedded in my sound. With feeling being rooted in my music my main goal during creation is to not only work through my own feelings and experiences but to highlight many stories untold. An authentic Yelly sound is simply something that makes you feel, whether it’s that you want to get up and groove or sit and reflect. I am constantly working to better myself and sound, and I am more than excited to see where music takes me next." -Danielle Scales aka Yelly