Few artists of any genre have entered the industry with the resume of multiple Stellar Award winner DeWayne Woods. Protégé’ of famed producer Donald Lawrence, Woods’ has served as background coordinator for some of today’s biggest talent, including mega-popstar Celine Dion, jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Atlantic Starr, for which he sang lead vocals on two albums. Woods has also backed some of Gospel’s finest. John P. Kee, Kurt Carr, Karen Clark Sheard and many others have sought him out for recordings and live performances. Woods, along with Grammy nominated producers PAJAM, also shared Vocal Producer duties on Byron Cage’s “An Invitation to Worship” and “Live from the Apollo-Proclamation.”
Woods moved from behind the scenes to center stage with his debut project Introducing DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet - the first release from Donald Lawrence’s Quiet Water Entertainment under the Zomba Gospel umbrella. The CD surpassed everyone’s expectations, selling tens of thousands of units and garnering five 2008 Stellar Award nominations (Song of the Year, for “Let Go”, written by P.J. Morton, New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Urban Inspirational Single/Performance of the Year and Recorded Music Package of the Year). Woods turned four of those nominations into Stellar gold, receiving recognition as New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Urban Inspirational Single/Performance of the Year; Morton also won for Song of the Year. The project has peaked at 5 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and the CD’s first single “Let Go” rose to the 4 spot on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart.
Also an actor, Woods has appeared in a number of stage plays with artists such as Peabo Bryson, Dave Hollister, Morris Day, Deniece Williams, Dottie Peoples and Cuba Gooding, Sr. He also starred in the musical stage play “Sing Hallelujah”, the brainchild of Donald Lawrence and Worth Gardner.
Note| Posted January 17, 2012
I just wanted to say, I truly enjoy your singing. The first time, I heard you was at the Pentecostal Assembly of the World Convention in Nashville, TN.
After that, I had an opportunity to speak to you at the 2011 Stellar Awards.
I would love to have more contact with you. Hopefully I will.
Stay encourage and keep the Lord on your side.
Sondra K Muirhead