YRB:Jenna Andrews

 

 

 

The public has seen and heard so many artists shatter through the glass ceiling of stereotypes when it comes to the universal language of music. You shouldn’t have to look like Lil Wayne to be a hip-hop star – just ask Eminem. You don’t have to look like Trey Songz to have the ladies drooling over your R&B records – just ask Robin Thicke. And you don’t have to look like Erykah Badu to be soulful – just ask Jenna Andrews. “I guess it’s hard for me to even put a finger on why I sing the way I do or do the music I do,” explains the 24-year-old. “I feel like it’s the only thing that’s ever come natural for me, it’s just what I do. There is no color. It’s just me, who I am.”

 

These days, with vocalists like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone, it’s clear that soul music isn’t confined to any one type of person. This Canada native knew that music was in her blood and, as a youngster, begged her parents to put her in lessons for a variety of interests. “I was in everything!” she says with a laugh. “I took piano and violin. I did band, musical theatre, I trained in opera and classical singing, acting – everything. I didn’t even learn guitar until five years ago. I couldn’t put it down.”



**Read the rest of Jenna’s story here**

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