Growing up with a single parent, especially a father, can make children wonder what it is like to have a male role model. For sons, it leaves a hole that they feel they have to prime over. With no one to look up to, Demonta Stephens had to go through more than most people do in their lives. However, he overcame many obstacles and is well on his way to cementing his name in the music industry as East Atlanta Montana.
Demonta Stephens hails from an area in Atlanta, Georgia, known as Zone 6. The area was known to be tough, and Montana’s mother did the best she could to raise her four children alone, even moving to better areas so they would be able to avoid trouble. Despite her efforts, Montana would still find himself slipping.
Throughout his teenage years, he would go in and out of detention centers. Montana would also experience house arrest. Around that time, he would use his mother’s laptop and record music, finding his escape. Although he found solace in music, Montana would continue to get into trouble. Eventually, he decided to join a military program. Within six months, he would receive his GED.
By the time Montana returned, he had formed a group called Gwalla Boyz. It did not take long before the group created a buzz throughout Atlanta. They were offered management and label situations, but they could not come to an agreement with a large number of members. The Gwalla Boyz eventually split. However, the CEO, who was Montana’s brother and manager, kept the name and partnered with him to become a promotion team.
East Atlanta Montana and his brother would throw parties in Atlanta, growing their reputation. Along the way, they would make connections with artists. Montana would use the connections to perform and eventually made his way into the music industry.
Since then, he has been working to create music. With the help of Coca Vango and Lil Quill, Montana was able to release his first single as an artist for Jugg Rich. The track proved successful, and he promptly returned to the studio, working for his high school friend & producer, ArmaunDidIt. Collaborating with Lil Quill, Montana released another single called ‘I’m Guwop,’ which brought him even more attention.
Following the single, East Atlanta Montana started to gain more recognition. He started getting booked and paid for shows. Even more impressive is that artists from different states and countries reached out to him for features. Montana continued to drop more music, amassing a global fanbase.
As an artist, Montana is known to be very energetic. He transmits his spirit through his music, infecting listeners and pumping them up. Because of his lifestyle, East Atlanta Montana enters the studio and goes off with his emotions, exhibiting a versatile sound each time he takes the mic.
Today, East Atlanta Montana is enjoying the success he worked hard for. He hopes that his music will spark inspiration for his listeners, especially children in familial situations like he was. “I want people to look at me and know anything is possible,” he shared. Montana foresees a successful career in the music industry. Eventually, he wants to start a family business and dedicate it to his grandmother, who passed away from cancer. Additionally, he hopes to get into real estate when he is not busy touring with a label and mentoring artists.