Donovan Woods (musician)

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Donovan Woods
Donovan Woods at the Peterborough Folk Festival.jpg
Donovan Woods on the main stage at the Peterborough Folk Festival, August 19, 2017.
Background information
Born Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres folk, Folk rock, country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2007–present
Labels None

Donovan Woods is a Canadian singer-songwriter.

Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Woods began playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager.[1] His first album, The Hold Up, was released in 2007.

Woods' song "Brand New Gun" was featured in the movie Numb starring Matthew Perry. His song "Wait and See" was featured on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and his song "My Cousin Has a Grey Cup Ring" was used in commercials for the Grey Cup.[1] "Grey Cup Ring" was inspired by Woods' father, who is a cousin of former Montreal Alouettes player Glen Weir.[2]

His second album, The Widowmaker, was released in 2010,[1] and his third album, Don't Get Too Grand, was released in 2013.[3]

Woods' song "Portland, Maine" (co-written with Abe Stoklasa)[4] has also been recorded by Tim McGraw.[5] Woods' song "Leaving Nashville" (also co-written with Abe Stoklasa)[6] has been recorded by Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley.[7]

Woods was signed to Warner/Chappell Nashville in 2016.[8] His fourth album, Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled, was released February 26, 2016,[9] and was a longlisted nominee for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. At the 12th Canadian Folk Music Awards, Woods won the award for English Songwriter of the Year, and the album was nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year.

His newest album, Both Ways, was released on April 20, 2018.[10] In the same year, he was a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nominee as cowriter of James Barker Band's song "Chills".[11]


  • The Hold Up (2007)
  • The Widowmaker (2010)
  • Don't Get Too Grand (2013)
  • Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled (2016)
  • Both Ways (2018)


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