With a voice as notable as his lyrics, Donovan Woods is a critically acclaimed and in-demand Canadian recording artist, performer and songwriter. His third record, “Don’t Get Too Grand”, featuring the hit single “Put On Cologne” garnered radio airplay around the world, and was nominated for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards. Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly honest and quietly anthemic, Woods sings with a striking sense of the world that produced him – the unsung towns of Canada’s industrial heartland. The result is music that’s transporting, but never loses the dry, self-deprecating humour that has endeared Woods to audiences from the start.
“This is emotional music that doesn’t sound fragile or overwrought, a difficult balancing act that Woods pulls off effortlessly.”
– Now Magazine, Toronto
“These are just smashing songs, period — “Put On, Cologne” and “Petrolia” are jaw-dropping in their plain-spoken beauty — and Woods inhabits the rootless, put-upon characters in his sad-sack vignettes with believable ache… The spotlight beckons, Mr. Woods.”
– Ben Rayner, The Toronto Star