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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Company Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Dream big, trust more.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1970
Birth Location:
San Jose, California

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Company Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Purple
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Dream big, trust more.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1970
Birth Location:
San Jose
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Biography

Media entrepreneur James Andrews was born in San Jose, California. Andrews graduated from Palo Alto High School in Palo, Alto, California in 1988. After attending Ventura College, Andrews transferred to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1990 and 1992. After leaving UCLA, Andrews worked for Immortal Records, a defunct independent record label based in Los Angeles. In 1994, Andrews was hired as senior director of marketing for Columbia Records, developing the careers of established musical acts.

He was the executive vice president of marketing for the Ecko Unlimited clothing company before being named executive vice president for Urban Box Office in 1999. A year later, Andrews founded his own marketing company BrandInfluence. After working for global digital media company Isobar Global and global communications firm Ketchum, Andrews went on to co-found Everywhere and found Social People in 2009 and 2010, respectively. With Social People, Andrews’ clients include the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ 53rd Grammy Awards. He also launched Famous People LLP, a celebrity representation division that manages digital and social media assets on behalf of clients. Through Famous People LLP he worked with celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Chaka Khan. Additionally, Andrews served as a regular contributor to CNN and has appeared on the CNBC cable news network. He has been featured in Black Entreprise and Fast Company magazines.

He is married to his wife Sherrelle and has two children. Andrews resides in Atlanta Georgia.

James Andrews was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 18, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Andrews' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Andrews lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Andrews describes his mother's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Andrews describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Andrews talks about growing up with his aunt and the history of blindness in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Andrews talks about his mother's aspirations to be a doctor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Andrews describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Andrews describes his father's involvement with the Black Panthers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Andrews discusses possible catalysts for his parents' activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Andrews talks about meeting his father at age nine
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James Andrews describes his parents' personalities and who he takes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James Andrews talks about his younger brother, his step father, and accidentally burning down his house at age six
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Andrews describes being accused as an arsonist and his life as a 'latchkey' kid
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Andrews describes his earliest memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Andrews describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Andrews compares and contrasts Oakland and Alameda, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Andrews describes his experience at Thousand Oaks Elementary in Berkley, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Andrews describes his experience at Donald Lumm Elementary and Lincoln Junior High School in Alameda
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Andrews describes the positive impact his coaches had upon his childhood development
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Andrews talks about growing up and being comfortable in a predominantly white community and family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Andrews talks about his childhood interest in history and World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - James Andrews describes his childhood fascination with vinyl records
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - James Andrews talks about the rich music scene in California in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Andrews describes how Alameda, California shaped his taste in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Andrews describes moving to Palo Alto to live with his Aunt, who became a second mother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Andrews describes moving to Palo Alto to live with his Aunt, who became a second mother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Andrews describes some of his heroes in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Andrews talks about attending Stanford lectures as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Andrews talks about playing high school basketball and his favorite basketball and baseball players
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Andrews describes his struggle with drugs and school in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Andrews talks about the emergence of hip hop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James Andrews talks about attending Utah Valley Community College to play college basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James Andrews describes his experience living in Provo, Utah, while attending Utah Valley Community College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Andrews talks about his passion for religion and his decision to quit doing drugs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Andrews describes his decision to return to California to attend Ventura College in 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Andrews talks about his friendship with David Warwick and his decision to enter the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Andrews talks about his decision to attend UCLA and the love that he developed for the city
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Andrews describes the atmosphere and his activism during the Los Angeles riots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Andrews talks about his educational experience as a history major at UCLA
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Andrews talks about how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Andrews talks about how his wife helped him start down his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James Andrews talks about his first job as Senior Director of Marketing at Immortal Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - James Andrews describes his experience as an intern for Columbia Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - James Andrews talks about his learning experiences at Wild West Records and Immortal Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Andrews describes working for Happy Walters at Immortal Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Andrews talks about producing his first record, 'B Ball's Best Kept Secret', for Immortal Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Andrews talks about MC Hammer and other rappers from Oakland, California that inspired him
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Andrews talks about the emergence of a more confrontational rappers like Tupac Shakur
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Andrews talks about moving to New York City to work as Director of Marketing for Columbia Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Andrews talks about his mentor at Columbia Records, LeBaron Taylor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James Andrews talks about marketing emerging acts like Destiny's Child by using the Internet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James Andrews talks about the importance of video for marketing in the music industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - James Andrews talks about his project with DJ Jazzy Jeff and his first encounter with the Philadelphia music scene
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - James Andrews talks about his newsletter, Soul Purpose, and leaving Columbia Records to work with Mark Ecko
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - James Andrews describes his proudest accomplishment at Ecko
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Andrews describes his decision to sell Soul Purpose and leave Ecko to work at Urban Box Office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James Andrews talks about Silicon Alley in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James Andrews talks about Brand Influence, the impact it had upon his family life, and his religious awakening
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James Andrews talks about his social media practices at Isobar and Ketchum
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James Andrews describes a social media mishap while on a business trip in Memphis, Tennessee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James Andrews describes a social media mishap while on a business trip to Memphis, Tennessee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James Andrews describes his working relationship with Jane Fonda
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James Andrews talks about his work with the social media startups
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - James Andrews discusses his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - James Andrews describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - James Andrews describes the burgeoning entrepreneurial atmosphere in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - James Andrews talks about his children and his family's lifestyle
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - James Andrews reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - James Andrews talks about what he would change about his past
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - James Andrews talks about how he would like to be remembered