About Jen Slocumb, Executive Director
Jen Slocumb has come a long way from the shy little girl with stage fright in her hometown of Ancaster, Ontario. After attending high school in Canada, Jen found the courage to audition to sing in a nonprofit group in The United States that brought positive messages into high schools. This journey sparked a fire in Jen that began her love and passion for performing and giving back. Now, Jen doesn’t meet a stranger, takes every opportunity to get involved and is dedicated to being a positive influence on the Auburn Opelika area she has called home since 2005.
Since meeting Rob, her husband and other half to her duo known as Martha’s Trouble, Jen has never stopped pursuing her dream of music. Martha’s Trouble has written hundreds of songs, recorded 12 albums, including a children’s lullaby album and two Christmas albums, and toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Their music has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Made for TV movies and USA Today. Martha’s Trouble has recently partnered with Royal Caribbean to offer performances on the open waters on board a concert cruise with future concert cruises already in the works.
In efforts to enhance the music culture of our community while promoting its social and economic growth, Jen coproduced the first annual Opelika songwriters festival that hosted over 40 songwriters from local aspiring artists to Grammy Award winners. Jen has also cultivated creative ways to engage community members through more intimate events at The Sound Wall, like super clubs, holiday concerts and listening concerts.
Jen’s compassionate heart has made her a successful fundraiser through numerous events that easily garner support and involvement from the entire community. Some of these events include a Speakeasy to raise funds for East Alabama Arts, Dancing Stars of East Alabama and a singing competition benefiting EAMC’s Sleep Center. Although Jen’s primary focus is her love and dedication to enhance our music culture, she enjoys the camaraderie of working together to make a difference in her community no matter the cause and has played a significant role in many other fundraisers including Looks for Books for Lee County Literary, March of Dimes, and even more personal causes such as cancer treatments and mental health help.
Jen’s two children, Wilson and Emery, have opened up another avenue for Jen to share her love of music and her desire to contribute to her community through their schools’ parent teacher organizations. Through PTO, Jen has offered songwriters’ workshops to students and introduced a fresh perspective to typical school fundraisers by spearheading the Strum & Strive Music Festival that provided a family friendly afternoon of music, activities, food and entertainment for community members of all ages. The Strum & Strive Music festival not only showcased student and faculty musical talent, but also upcoming artists and local businesses, as well as provided performances from nationally acclaimed artists and raised over $25,000 each year for its host school. Since her role as Fundraiser Chair, Jen has gone on to serve as PTO President for the past three years, managing and overseeing all aspects of the organization.
Jen has unmistakable talent, a contagious smile and a sense of style that makes her stand out in a crowd and create a lasting impression on everyone she meets. With her unique ability to think outside the box, she has discovered the perfect blend by combining her passion for music with her desire to give back to her community, and there is no doubt The Sound Wall Initiative will have a profound impact on the Auburn Opelika area with Jen in the director’s seat.