Donovan grew up singing with his local church choir in Sarnia, Ontario. Named after legendary musician Donovan Leitch (“Mellow Yellow”), Woods was introduced to folk music at an early age. “We’d listen to Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat, or Paul Simon for hours,” recalls Woods. “In the beginning I hated it, hanging out with Dad, but now I wish I could go back and hear what we were getting into”. He picked up the guitar and piano as a child, and his sustained devotion to both instruments becomes obvious once you hear his songs. Like little tableaus, they display the commitment of family life and the understated romanticism of blue-collar towns, making picture books of the extraordinary aspects of ordinary lives. Donovan presents to us the brilliance of guttingly harsh realities – including the melancholy that can result when you grow up and make a move to the big city.
- 2017 | Songwriter of the Year “Leaving Nashville” – co-songwriter Abe Stoklasa THE DRIVER – Charles Kelly Capitol*Universal “What Kind of Love is That” – co-songwriter Tom Douglas, “They Don’t Make Anything in That Town” HARD SETTLE, AIN’T TROUBLED – Donovan Woods
- 2014 | Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo Don't Get Too Grand