With New Record on the Way, Nate Drop Says Best Is Yet to Come

ALTHOUGH QUEER HIP-HOP artist Jonathan Harris, 30, known by his stage persona Nate Drop, released two killer singles, "Cornbread" and "My Love," at the tail end of 2020, the best is yet to come, he says in the new issue of Houston CityBook.


Known for his smooth and reflective lyrics, Harris plans late this spring to release a new seven-track album that he recorded during the pandemic with John Allen Stephens, the prolific producer behind Third Coast Recording Co.

"It talks about my journey to find more of myself, which is a journey of self-love," says Harris of the album, aptly titled Maps. "It talks about a lot of experiences I've had with love, about my mental health and about my experience growing up as a millennial Black male."

Harris' new portrait and comments appear in the spring edition of CityBook, which is the magazine's fifth annual Music Issue. Fiddler Ellen Story, Houston Grand Opera bass Cory McGee, busy singer-guitarist Andy Mac, retro crooner Marley Moon, R&B standout Tia Gold and Tejano starlet Amanda Solis are also featured in the annual portfolio, photographed by Ashkan Roayaee, with styling by Todd Ramos and hair and makeup by Edward Sanchez.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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Midtown's Starck Room

NIGHTLIFE'S BIG COMEBACK?! With this week's announcement of several new bars and clubs opening their doors in the coming days, Houstonians are looking forward to the scene's reemergence.


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IN EARLY MARCH of last year, Blair Truesdell, 26, was just settling into her exciting new life in Austin. She had just moved there from Houston to serve as the assistant manager for Manready Mercantile's ATX outpost when the universe, known for its increasing level of fickleness, decided it had other plans for her.

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