Atlanta teen band, Strayhorn Heights, honored for song about historic Cascade community

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Three Atlanta teen siblings are being honored for a song they wrote called “Cascade,” which pays homage to everyday life in Southwest Atlanta.

District 11 Council member Marci Collier Overstreet honored Jetta, Zaila, and Wyatt Strayhorn of the alternative R&B band, Strayhorn Heights, with a virtual proclamation presentation on Oct. 20 in recognition of the group’s debut single,“Cascade.” as the official anthem of the Cascade Corridor and its communities.

“It’s a true honor to recognize Strayhorn Heights and their song ‘Cascade’ with a proclamation that salutes and showcases their wonderful talent. Their song shows how young people can be engaged in their community and uplift others,” said Overstreet. “I grew up in Cascade and live here and their song really resonated with me. Jetta, Zaila and Wyatt are gifted and creative Atlanta natives and it’s a pleasure to highlight their amazing contributions to our city.”

Strayhorn Heights is comprised of three teen siblings: Jetta (lead vocals/guitar), Zaila (drums), and Wyatt Strayhorn (bass). The trio grew up surrounded by musicians and creatives as their mom, Atlanta-native Clarice Bell-Strayhorn, is also a musician and songwriter. The band’s song is on YouTube available here.


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    October 23, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    What a great song.

    Not only is Strayhorn Heights anthem is soothing to my ears but I also like the idea of this group showing the truth about their neck of the woods. Camp Creek Marketplace is one of my favorite “ hangouts” to shop at .

    I also thank my late grandparents for introducing me to Cascade and other parts of Black Atlanta. They lived in the Collier Heights district of the city. They would tell me about the beauty and history of it.. like this is doing with their music.

    I loved going and still going through those beautiful neighborhoods during Christmas and now. As a kid,my grandmother once took me to a teacher friend of hers house and I was in awe..with her house and being around
    the upper crust of Black society. They would also learn and go through the parts near Beautiful restaurant ( Talk about some great me at least). I had no idea that they had a beautiful nature preserve there as well that I’m interested in checking out.

    Back in the day when rappers/ singers ( 1979-) when folks represented their districts they represented them well and whether they grew up modestly, upper class or poor, the music was positive and they grave you a feeling of making it feel like home.These days , the music don’t give you those vibes… to the point where the idea of representing their communities becomes uninspiring to and instead of showing off the beauty of their community , they seem to only focus on the negatives from it.

    Staryhorn Heights did well with their communities and hope they continue to flourish with their music career.


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