Growing up in Panama City, FL, Tyrone "Ty" Andrews knew at a very young age that music and art fed his soul. This epiphany was effortless as he played alongside his battery-operated toy panda with drums in a small church built by his father, Rev. Eli Andrews. Coloring books were typical of a child. However, Ty saw the blank inside covers as a more imaginative landscape for drawing and doodling his own ideas. His artwork was first published in Highlights for Children Magazine at age 11. As a teenager, Ty learned to play tenor saxophone and became a drummer in the Steel Breeze steel drum band. He became a crowd-pleasing sensation during halftime shows as a flashy, crowd-pleasing drum major at A. Crawford Mosley high school, following his training by the world-class Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.
After graduating college from Florida A&M University, Ty climbed the corporate ladder as a graphic designer and eventually creative director. Ty found his way back into music, singing internationally at special events, concerts, and conferences. He began performing as a lead singer and band leader for party bands, music teams, choirs, and national youth/teen programs, as well as opened for best-selling author/speakers Jean Houston, Les Brown, and Iyanla Vanzant. While on the forefront of the stage, he also began songwriting and recorded his first single and self-produced EP, “Letting Go,” a pop Hindi-infused anthem about self-liberation.
“Whether it be a logo, website, or campaign launch, I help people use their authentic voice to make a difference.”
With over 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing, Ty has created a diverse and impactful content style across various mediums. He has been a brand architect for corporations, advocates, and organizations such as BBDO, Centers for Spiritual Living, Florida Lottery, Georgia Lottery, Walmart, Target, and TV One.
Ty was formerly the co-founder of Conscious Kids Network (CKN), a book publishing service empowering children and their supporters to have a creative voice. Ty and co-founder Jean Bell published three children’s books–Brookie’s Adventure, Brookie’s Adventure Coloring Book, and Splash: I Love Being a Raindrop. Ty started “Interactive Drumming,” an inclusive, percussion-fueled music program for children and adults to build connections, enhance creativity and promote overall well-being.
In 2020 during the pandemic, Ty took a leap of faith for a better life with purpose. He relocated and drove cross-country from Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles, CA, becoming the PR & Digital Marketing Manager for St. Joseph Center to address the homeless crisis and support the non-profit's service programs. Ty worked with St. Joseph Center to develop a diverse, top-notch media marketing team who believed in its mission. His visual "storytelling with dignity" approach humanized homelessness and built a stronger alliance within the organization, its clients, donors, business partners, and elected officials. Ty rebranded SJC for its 45th Anniversary, along with support from stars Martin Sheen, Helen Hunt, and Jimmy Kimmel, with Molly McNearney playing a key role in video campaigns and the annual Gala. SJC generated a historic increase in funding, more than doubling its financial goal of $5 Million. Today, St. Joseph Center is recognized as one of the leading homeless service providers, annually helping over 13,000 low-income families and people experiencing homelessness in LA.
Andrews has a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a concentration in Graphic Arts and Journalism. He is certified in Audio Engineering from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media (AIMM).