Andrew Tyree Clinkscale
Born Andrew Tyree Wilson Clinkscale, in Nuremberg, Germany, Andrew began dancing at the age of four and playing the violin at five. He eventually became the youngest person and the only African American to tour with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and to receive a scholarship to the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music. An actor, singer and award winning spoken word artist. Raised by the St Louis foster care system, he began acting at the age of 14 in the reps production of The King. Soon thereafter, his musical talents got him signed to Interscope records as part of the group Undeniable. Though their album went unreleased, the opportunity with Interscope lead Andrew to New York City where he'd further his talents and take up the art of spoken word.
After discovering a love for poetry, he honed his skills and began competing. He was the 2004 Slam Bush Champion, the 2005 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion, ranked 12th in the 2005 Individual World Poetry Championships and 6th at the 2008 Individual World Poetry Slam. Also appearing on HBO'S Def Poetry Jam, his titles include the 2009 Slam Charlotte Grand Slam Champion and member of the 2009 Slam Charlotte Team.
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