Canadian born to Haitian parents Stichiz was raised in South Florida. The young artist has opened up for music mega-stars, Shawn Mendes, Nick and Joe Jonas, Wyclef Jean, Lil Kim, R.City and Gucci Mane. Stichiz is also a media personality serving as an On-Air Host and the official voice of Miami’s 103.5 The Beat FM “Bangin Hip-Hop and R&B” and other stations in the US; Stichiz can be heard nationally on various iHeart Radio Stations like; WMIB 103.5 The Beat In Miami, Detriot, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and more. In addition to her passion for music, Stichiz is active in her community serving as the former President of Florida State Conference of the NAACP Youth and College Division, current youth board member for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, as well as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow and spokeswoman for Literacy Inc. Stichiz is the Miami Chapter leader and Events Producer of Girls Make Beats.
Whitney Taber started in the music industry over a decade ago taking a job as the Executive Assistant to Rihanna's Creative Director. Shortly after that, she began working for one of Billboard's top 25 Recording studios in the world the Record Plant; working with the music industry's top artists such as WiIl I Am, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Prince, Justin Bieber, Pharell and Beyonce. Being the only woman in the building for 10+ years, she worked her way up the ladder from intern to Studio Manager and eventually became the Vice President.
During those 10+ years she stayed immersed in her own creativity along with her love for helping others, she explored other avenues of the entertainment industry. Becoming a TV and radio personality, she began producing and hosting with internet based start up Dash Radio and All Def Digital.
Her passion and purpose collided in 2017 when she became the Los Angeles Chapter Leader for Girls Make Beats. With GMB, she helps to create opportunity, representation and change in the male-dominated music industry while also being an example of great things women can achieve with the right leadership to ensure the next generation of women and music will be heard, represented and respected.
Ms. Taber is the the very proud LA Chapter leader along with Head of Partnerships for Girls Make Beats! With the 2020 launch of her creative agency, Pretty Funny Productions, she is jumping back into radio/ podcasting, content creation, Television, and Audio Production. Ms. Taber is now producing shows such as The Girls Make Beats Podcast, The Plug Radio, and Creative Convos. Her mission is to continue making quality content to help move the conversation and the culture forward, while creating bigger opportunities for people to think, grow and create freely.
For Abigail “Abby” Montanez, education, music, and service are a way of life. She has a true passion for working with young minds and guiding them into becoming successful adults through mentorship, leadership, and melodic tunes.
The US Virgin Islands native began her career in the nonprofit sector after graduating from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She started at City Year Miami where she served as a mentor, team leader, and tutor in under-resourced schools, which later expanded into a passion to educate in the classroom.
Abby’s commitment to the youth and music brought her to Girls Make Beats, where she began her journey of empowering young girls through music as an intern during the first-ever Girls Make Beats 5 City Summer Tour in 2017 - her dedication to service led to growth within the organization to Program Coordinator.
In addition to her love for music, Abby is an advocate for the natural hair and Afro-Latin community. Her content creation portfolio- which focuses on celebrating Afro-Latin culture and Black beauty- led to features both as a musician and campaign model for Nike and Footlocker’s Air Max Day 2021.
Abby’s mission is to help foster a generation of empowered, visionary, and idealistic leaders. She strives to expand knowledge, create opportunities, and cultivate safe spaces for the youth through the universal language of music.
Podcast Producer/ Instructor
DOPE CANDI aka Candi is an American Music Producer/Songwriter/ DJ. Born to a family of musicians in Detroit, Michigan, she grew up a studio kid. Exposed to the many nuances of the industry, she began making beats at a young age. Her dynamic melodic sound spans across many genres from hip hop, alternative to RnB. Dope Candi brings an unforgettable melodic eclectic vibe as a sound selector. She has booked noteworthy gigs in amazing cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, LA, and London, spinning from A3C festival(Atlanta) to Complexcon (Long Beach).
Independently, as a Woman in Music, Dope Candi has gained experience in various positions with organizations in the music industry, affiliations include Beat Stars, iStandard Producers, SAE Institute and Girls Make Beats. While expanding her sound and working with great artists she is passionate about educating and creating safe spaces; while encouraging and inspiring young women to pursue a career in music.
Jenice Sabbion Portlock affectionately known as “SABi,” began her professional career in entertainment while still in College. One of her demo records piqued the interest of producers, “The Costars” who asked her to join a girl duo“The Bangz”. The two Los Angeles natives, SABi (Inglewood) and Ella Ann(Watts) perfectly blended their youth, beauty, and slick street style with the popular sounds of the LA dance craze, “The Jerk Movement.” The music video to their first single “Boyz with Tattoos” went viral on YouTube with over a million views in less than a week. With the Viral success of the song and video, record labels came knocking, the group signed a deal with Warner Bros/Asylum Records. Shortly after signing their record deal, SABi’s group member, Ella Ann was injured in a tragic incident. SABi was forced to take over both group member roles and her artistry quickly evolved. She was discovered by, Super producer Dr. Luke and in this period she landed her first Multi Platinum selling Billboard Top 10 Record “You Make Me Feel” with the group Cobra starship, she performed on the song “Drop Dead Beautiful” with the Iconic Britney Spears and later accompanied her on the Femme Fatale tour.
After performing at the MTV VMA’s, the Tonight Show, Americas Got Talent, and a successful tour with Britney Spears, SABi collaborated with creators like Esther Dean, Diplo, Wale and Tyga. She released her solo mixtape project “0 to 60: Love Sounds” and soon after was selected to play the role of feisty best friend, “Nataly Gomez” in the NBCU/Telemundo Film, “ISA,” which premiered on the Syfy Channel, Chiller, Mun2 and later Telemundo. As an additional creative outlet, SABi currently hosts her own show on Apple Music’s global radio station called “Easy Hits”. She is working on new music independently and recently launched a t-shirt line based on her original artwork called “Original Source”. SABi is looking forward to continuing her creative expression in every way possible….SABi is just getting started.
Layering lush harmonies over themes of self-love, 19-year-old R&B/soul artist Kaiya Nyasha uses her music as a call to action for the youth to empower themselves to rewrite their narratives. Her music is a celebration of culture, of womanhood, and hope. The Miami native has found a balance in fusing socially conscious messages with upbeat, light-hearted grooves and catchy hooks.
Throughout Kaiya’s career, she has been able to study music in various capacities to refine her craft––as a contemporary vocalist, classical singer, songwriter, rapper, deejay, and producer.
She lends much of her success to the non-profit organization Girls Make Beats (GMB) which exposed her to the fundamentals of audio engineering, deejaying, and production. Furthermore, Kaiya was invited to represent GMB at the 61st annual Grammy Awards for the Recording Academy’s initiative, Women in the Mix. “Attending the Grammys was a pivotal event in my budding career––to be surrounded by legends who have paved the way for artists like me was a precursor for all the success to come and all the musical movements I hope to one day pioneer,” says Kaiya.
Kaiya is currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in her efforts to cultivate her craft as a tool to send shockwaves through communities at large. Ultimately as a creative entrepreneur, she anticipates facilitating the growth of future music moguls everywhere.
Kaiya Nyasha’s rebuttal against girl hate, “Where My Girls At” (prod. by Gorilla Tek), is available on all streaming platforms. To continue following her journey, you may find her on all platforms @kaiyanyasha or her website www.kaiyanyasha.com.
Jibri Bailey, also know as, DJ JxHoney is a graduate of Florida A&M University & Hillsborough Community College with her BS in Public Relations and AA in Mass Communications. During her time at FAMU she's had the opportunity to host her own radio show, produce 2 viral social experiments, work as an associate for the campus-run public relations firm, PRodigy, intern at the Hangout Music Festival, and learn an abundance of live event, music and media skills via internships, her professors and many journalism courses. Jibri has recently moved to Los Angeles, CA and started her DJ career which has allowed her to DJ all over Los Angeles. Often described as “eccentric, addictive, and unique,” Bailey (JxHoney) brings a unique twist to the tables, mixing various genres and giving listeners a new vibe every time she's in the mix. After DJing her first gig ever Jibri decided to start HoneyxTrap, an event-planning company designed to give upcoming creatives a platform to showcase their art and on-stage presence via live performance. HoneyxTrap is organized by Bailey (JxHoney) and has been in steady operations since 2018.