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Ayiesha Woods

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Ayiesha Woods performing in January 2008
Background information
Born (1979-07-02) July 2, 1979 (age 38)
Long Island, New York
Origin United States
Genres Contemporary Christian music
Years active 2003–present
Labels Gotee
Website ayieshawoods.com

Ayiesha Woods (born July 2, 1979) [1] is a contemporary Christian musician signed to Gotee Records. She has released two studio albums on Gotee: Introducing Ayiesha Woods (2006) and Love Like This (2008). Woods is known for the hit songs "Happy" and "Big Enough" from her debut album. Her musical style is a distinct mix of several genres, predominantly including pop, soul, urban and rock.

Contemporary Christian music genre of modern popular music

Contemporary Christian music is a genre of modern popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. It formed as those affected by the 1960s Jesus movement revival began to express themselves in a more contemporary style of music than the hymns, Gospel and Southern gospel music that was prevalent in the church at the time. Today, the term is typically used to refer to pop, rock, or praise & worship styles.

Gotee Records music label

Gotee Records is a record label founded by Christian hip hop performer Toby McKeehan, Todd Collins, and Joey Elwood. The label began as a production company. At the time of the label's founding, McKeehan was a member of dc Talk.

<i>Introducing Ayiesha Woods</i> 2006 studio album by Ayiesha Woods

Introducing Ayiesha Woods is the debut album from contemporary Christian music artist Ayiesha Woods. It was released on June 6, 2006 through Gotee Records. The album was Grammy Award-nominated for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" in 2007. It was produced by Incorporated Elements, as well as Toby Mac.


After having an interest in musicianship and singing during her childhood, Ayiesha Woods released an independent album in 2004, What You Do to Me, and went on to receive three Gospel Music Marlin Awards that year, including "New Artist of the Year". Gotee Records manager TobyMac discovered her music while visiting Jamaica, and Woods was eventually signed onto the record label. Her Grammy Award-nominated debut album, Introducing Ayiesha Woods , was released in June 2006. The album's single "Happy" garnered popularity on Christian radio in the U.S., and Woods received a Dove Award nomination in 2007, as well. She appeared at several major Christian music festivals during mid-2008, and soon afterward her second album, Love Like This , was released in September.

TobyMac American rapper

Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, songwriter and author.

Jamaica Country in the Caribbean

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Early life and family

Ayiesha Woods was born on July 2, 1979 in Long Island, New York. [2] She has lived in a variety of locations, including Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas; she spent a portion of her childhood growing up in Bermuda, as well. [3] Woods was surrounded by music while growing up, and was the granddaughter of a professional musician. Throughout high school she sang in chorus and played in the school's band, sang harmony in her church choir, and learned to play instruments such as the guitar, keyboard and percussion. [3]

Florida State of the United States of America

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital.

Georgia (U.S. state) State of the United States of America

Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina south to Spanish Florida and west to French Louisiana at the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. In 1802–1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which later split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, the state's capital and most populous city, has been named a global city. Atlanta's metropolitan area contains about 55% of the population of the entire state.

Hawaii State of the United States of America

Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania, the only U.S. state located outside North America, and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.

Musical career

In 2003, Ayiesha Woods wrote and recorded an independent album, What You Do to Me, which was released in 2004. [2] In 2004, she was the first female musician to receive the "Producer of the Year" award at the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards. [4] She also received Marlin's "New Artist of the Year" and "Contemporary Vocal Performance of the Year (Female)" awards that year. [3] [5] "Crazy", a song from the album, was being played on local Christian radio where she lived in Jamaica. [2] Gotee Records manager TobyMac was visiting the area for an interview, and heard her song on the local station Love 101. After Caribbean Hour host Arnold Kelly played a few of Woods' songs for him, TobyMac obtained her contact info and called her as soon as he returned to the United States. Initially in disbelief upon receiving the call, Ayiesha Woods said, "I wasn’t home when he first called ... I couldn't believe [it]." [3] A few weeks later he invited Woods and her family to a concert he was slated to perform at in Texas, where they met in person. She was soon signed onto his record label, and went in studio to record material for a new album.

Independent music is music produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. The term indie is sometimes used to describe a genre, and as a genre term, "indie" may include music that is not independently produced, and many independent music artists do not fall into a single, defined musical style or genre and create self-published music that can be categorized into diverse genres. The term ‘indie’ or ‘independent music’ can be traced back to as early as the 1920’s after it was first used to reference independent film companies but was later used as a term to classify an independent band or record producer.

United States federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Introducing Ayiesha Woods (2006–2007)

After recording the album, Woods' first single "Happy" was released in 2006, and soon became a hit on Christian radio. The song was used in an ad campaign for the DVD release of the 2006 film A Good Year . The song was also used in the 2009 movie "My Life in Ruins" starring Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). [6] Her debut Gotee Records album, Introducing Ayiesha Woods , was produced by Chris Stevens, Otto Price, Ric Robbins and David Mullen. [7] It was released on June 6, 2006 and reached number 39 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. [8] [9] The album was Grammy Award-nominated for the category of Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2007. [5] Two additional songs from the album were released as singles: "Big Enough" and "Beauty". At the 38th GMA Dove Awards of 2007, Woods received a nomination for the New Artist of the Year award. [10]

"Happy" is a single by Christian singer Ayiesha Woods from her 2006 album Introducing Ayiesha Woods. It was released to Christian radio stations around early 2006. It lasted 20 weeks on the overall chart. The song is played in a F major key at 120 beats per minute. The song was used in an ad campaign for the DVD release of the 2006 film A Good Year. The song was also used in the 2009 movie "My Life in Ruins" starring Nia Vardalos.

Christian radio is a category of radio formats that focus on transmitting programming with a Christian message. In the United States, where it is most established, many such broadcasters play contemporary Christian music, though many programs include talk or news programming covering economic, political or religious topics.

<i>A Good Year</i> 2006 film by Ridley Scott

A Good Year is a 2006 British-American romantic comedy directed and produced by Ridley Scott. The film stars Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Didier Bourdon, Abbie Cornish, Tom Hollander, Freddie Highmore and Albert Finney. The film is loosely based on the 2004 novel of the same name by British author Peter Mayle. The film was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2006 and in the United States on 10 November 2006 by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed over $42.1 million against its $35 million budget. The film received nominations for the Critics Choice Award for Best Young Actor and the Satellite Award for Best Cinematography. A Good Year was released on DVD on 27 February 2007 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Love Like This (2008–present)

Woods guested on Women of Faith's Revolve Tour, an annual conference for teenage girls, in February 2008. [11] Her second album, Love Like This , was recorded around early 2008, and its approximate release time of "late summer" was announced in May 2008. [12] The album's lead single, "Love Like This", was released to contemporary Christian radio in June 2008. [12] Ayiesha Woods performed at several major Christian music festivals over the next few months, including Creation East, Creation West, and Lifefest, as well as the 2008 Christian Music Boat Cruise. [12] Love Like This was subsequently released on September 9, 2008 through the Gotee label. [13] It debuted at #20 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. [14] The album's latest single is the track "Alive".

Women of Faith is a Christian-based live events organization. It stages non-denominational events across North America. According to the company, its events have been attended by more than four million people in total.

<i>Love Like This</i> (Ayiesha Woods album) 2008 studio album by Ayiesha Woods

Love Like This is the second studio album from Christian singer Ayiesha Woods. It was released on September 9, 2008, through Gotee Records and produced by Christopher Stevens and Jamie Moore. "Love Can't Wait" and the title track "Love Like This" were both released as radio singles. The album takes influence from a variety of styles, including soul, pop and R&B.

A lead single is the first single to be released from a studio album, by a musician or a band, usually before the album itself is released.

Woods has also recorded and released a Christmas album entitled Christmas Like This , which was released on November 10, 2009. Woods was one of three judges at the 2013 Christian Women in Media Association National Music Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee. [15]

It's Time (2014-Present)

After taking a Sabbatical to start a family, Woods recorded and released an album entitled "It's Time" September 9, 2014 on her Independent Label Original Peace Music Group.

The Runway Project (2017-Present)

The Runway Project (2/14/17) a 7 song EP by Ayiesha who has been inspired to Hope Again! Dream Again! Soar Again! The Runway Project is a small collection of songs that are thematic anthems for the underdog; encouragement for the weary all while celebrating the journey! Truly a leveled musical strip of smooth ground along which destiny is catapulted!

Musical style and influences

Ayiesha Woods grew up in a variety of cultures including the Bermuda locale, which has given her music a Caribbean and dancehall sound. [2] Her musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Commissioned, Fred Hammond, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and India.Arie. [3] Her musical genre is generally defined as Christian pop and soul, although it contains much variety on both of her albums, including R&B and urban styles. [16] Woods has said, "I don't want to be placed in one specific category. I think I represent a lot of different styles of music". [3] Her debut album Introducing Ayiesha Woods has been labeled as having "something for everyone", [3] and critics have compared her singing voice to Tracy Chapman and Tasmin Archer. [17] Love Like This is also a multi-genre project, "subtly adding jazz infusions" on the song "Take Me There", [16] although Christian Music Today's review said that it was "not as soulful" as her previous album. [18] Her music includes rock influences ("Big Enough") as well as the contemporary worship style in her songs "Love Like This", "Refine Me", and her originally-independent track "What You Do to Me". [4]



Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Christ US Gospel US Heat
Introducing Ayiesha Woods 331339
Love Like This
  • Released: September 9, 2008
  • Label: Gotee Records
Christmas Like This
  • Released: March 24, 2009
  • Label: Gotee Records

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Year Title Chart peak positions Album
2006 "Happy" 14 Introducing Ayiesha Woods
"Big Enough" 10
"The Remedy"
2008 "Love Like This" Love Like This
2011 "Come Back" Non-album song
2013 "First Love" Non-album song


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