Where are they now?

Catching up with artists to watch alumni


3D Na'Tee
Class of 2013
At the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the fierce MC (top) signed a deal with hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons' All Def Digital group, an arm of Universal Records. She also steadily releases her self-directed videos and singles, and has released an app which delivers new tracks to her fans.

Alexis & the Samurai
Class of 2012
Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft formed Sweet Crude with a stacked lineup of local musicians performing Cajun-French indie pop. The band released the EP Super Vilaine in late 2013 and embarked on a North American tour earlier this year.

Au Ras Au Ras
Class of 2012
Rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Tess Brunet wrangled Louisiana musicians Jonny Campos (Brass Bed), Patrick Hodgkins and Pat Fee for her band The Black Orchids, channeling Big Star power pop a la Sharon Van Etten.

  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
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Kourtney Heart
Class of 2011
While she's working on a new album for Jive Records following the smash hit "My Boy," which lit up local radio for months, the budding R&B star is uploading impressive covers and live performances on her YouTube channel (

Class of 2012
Though she may have moved to New York, globally inspired pop singer-songwriter Nasimiyu Marumba still calls New Orleans home, and she has released a string of singles and videos (including the self-shot global collage for the chest-pounding "Biggest Drum") via Rookie, Interview and Vogue.

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