Meet the Unheard Gems Team

Here you can learn a bit about each of our team members and how we work behind the scenes of Unheard Gems, finding artists, working on interviews, writing articles, planning events, and more. 

Hannah Schneider

Founder of Unheard Gems, Hannah's entrepreneurial and music-loving spirit creates what you watch and hear and read on Unheard Gems. Three years after founding Unheard Gems at 16, in 2017, Hannah conducts interviews and curates the artists featured on the Unheard Gems as well as writes articles and reviews on the site. With a passion for music and desire to know the people behind the new music that is soon to take over the airways, Hannah works closely with all of the artists featured on Unheard Gems to bring you an honest and unique look at new music. Hannah also works with some artists one on one to help them create promotional strategies to get their music heard. She is currently attending Scripps College just south-east of LA. 

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The Unheard Gem

These are the artists, the people who make Unheard Gems Possible. An Unheard Gem is a musician with something special, not your Top 40 pop-star yet, but someone with something to say and an incredible gift at sharing it. We want to find and share these Unheard Gems with you.

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Founder/Writer/Curator/PR Manager

Tatum Jenkins

Podcast Editor

Tatum Jenkins is the editor of the Unheard Gems Podcast She began working for Unheard Gems in the winter of 2017. When she’s at school in Boston, she is an on-air host and writes articles and curates music for the local radio station, 88.9 WERS. Her favorite musicians are The 1975, Phoebe Bridgers, and Brockhampton among many others. A member of the LGBTQ+ community, Tatum is an ally to everyone and works to advocate for diversity in the music industry. Tatum currently is attending Emerson College in Boston.

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Zoe Schmitt

Head of Marketing/Photographer/ Graphic Designer

Zoe Schmitt is a jack of all trades for Unheard Gems, from concert photography, playlist curation, graphic design, social media management, and our marketing, Zoe can do it all. The D.C. native currently attends school in Southern California and has seized the opportunity to explore her passions – drawing, painting, and photography – and grow. Eager to learn and enthusiastic about everything, Zoe is a creative force of energy and joy. She loves listening to all types of music and singing along to every song that comes on. Zoe is currently attending Scripps College in Claremont, California, and she makes sure to eat at least one cookie with a fork each day.

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Annika Johnson

Writer/Podcast CoHost

Annika Johnson is a writer for Unheard Gems. She is a student-athlete at Scripps College in Claremont, California majoring in Journalism. Her blog, SocalTypewriter, follows her journey as an aspiring journalist as she interviews hometown heroes and details both her comical and serious life experiences. In addition to her blog and her music reviews, Annika is also a sports writer and fiction editor for several college publications. She is an LA Rams beat writer for SkullKing Sports, following current events in the world of football. You can find her typing away at her computer, drinking coffee, training for the CMS swim team, or petting every dog in sight. Music plays a big role in her athletic and creative process - from pop, alternative, to indie songs.

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Jess Ward

Writer

Jess Ward is a musician and writer in the Greater Boston area. She recently graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a degree in Media Studies and Digital Arts, with a self-created focus on contemporary music. During her time there, she was the Creative Director for WWPV 92.5 “The Mike” and the Lifestyle & Politics Editor for The Defender Newspaper. She finished her studies in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she closely observed the Danish music scene and even wrote her first-ever short play. She hopes to meld her love for writing and music together in her professional career. In her spare time, she can be found playing with her pup, Balou, baking peanut butter cookies, and reading about astrology. 

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Matt Kalicky

Matt Kalicky holds a degree in communication from the University of Southern Maine. While he was a student, he coached long-distance running and taught early-childhood education. Now, he creates content and manages the online communities of small businesses across the United States from his home in Austin. When he’s not working, he’s behind a guitar. With an affinity for New York-style bagels and a penchant for early-2000s metalcore, this writer lives for music. He believes that harmony is everything – the way artists use sound to conjure up an emotional response from their audience is what makes music one of the most captivating forms of expression.

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Sydne Broady

Writer

Sydne is an avid music lover and holds degrees from Baylor University in Corporate Communications and English. A big fan of the written word, she spends the majority of her time surrounded by sound and writing for Serra, the indie-pop duo she makes up one half of. She loves finding new music before it hits the mainstream market and is primarily drawn to tracks that bring her to the brink of tears. Poetry and fiction are also big passions, and when she isn’t deep in her feelings she is wandering the streets of New York City for inspiration. 

Quincy Williamson

Writer

Quincy Williamson holds a degree in History from Towson University. Before writing for Unheard Gems, he was an editor for a financial company while freelance writing for several news outlets. 

Currently, Quincy lives outside of Baltimore, MD. When he’s not writing, Quincy likes to surf, play soccer, and take his dog to the dog park. 

Music has and is a big part of Quincy’s life. His uncle sang and produced music with Bob Marley and the Wailers. His music library ranges from Adele and the Fugees to Led Zepplin and Disclosure. 

Quincy believes that music is one of the few things that can make you mad, sad, and happy all at once, making it the greatest form of expression known to man. 
 

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