Songwriter/Producer/The Green Room Founder
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The Grammy-nominated Jenna Andrews has worn a lot of hats within the music industry, including A&R executive, producer, singer and songwriter––with song credits including BTS’ “Dynamite” and Benee’s “Supalonely”––but perhaps her greatest passion project has been the creation of The Green Room series, which launched last year.
“Right before the pandemic hit, I was out to lunch with my manager and talking about what happens in a writing room and how therapeutic it is,” Andrews says. “We’re purging our feelings into songs, and it would be cool to create a green room type of thing to take a look at the creative process of how songs come about, but also have open conversations about the psychological impact it can have.”
The series, hosted by Andrews in partnership with Jed Foundation and She is The Music, features candid discussions with artists and mental health professionals, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process with a focus on mental health. Past guests have included Tegan and Sara, Rebecca Black, Emily Kinney and Lennon Stella. Andrews says the series was inspired not only by her own personal dealings with anxiety, but the prevalence of mental health issues within the music industry. “There’s comfort for listeners in hearing these stories. I think because of the isolation of the pandemic, people are forced to be less private about what they’re going through, and that’s the positive side of it,” Andrews says. “There are a lot of negative connotations associated with mental illness and that can be very toxic, but I think people are acknowledging it more and more as a real issue.”
Recently, Andrews partnered with Taylor Guitars to donate a guitar for each episode, signed by the featured artist, with proceeds dedicated to emotional health and youth suicide prevention.