Few artists of any genre have entered the industry with the resume of DeWayne Woods. Protégé’ of famed producer Donald Lawrence, Woods’ luminous vocals have graced recordings by some of today’s biggest talent, including mega-pop star 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.
Woods’ days as a backup singer may be permanently over once listeners catch an earful of “Let Go,” the project’s lead single. Not only is the breathtakingly beautiful ballad destined to become a classic, but it’s a certain tear-jerker for anyone wrestling with a situation seemingly out of hand. Penned by noted songwriter and producer P.J. Morton, the song begs the listener to simply “Let go and Let God.”
HEALED FROM HIV!!!
Just as powerful as this young man’s incredible vocal ability is his amazing testimony. Described in “DeWayne’s Testimony,” It’s a recollection of God’s incredible healing power.. Woods speaks about his dramatic healing from HIV, articulating the awe-inspiring account that started in the early 90s. “I was diagnosed in 1993 with HIV. After the diagnosis, I went through a series of treatments, but back then, they really weren’t sure what to do and what medicines worked. Each time I would go to the doctor’s office, the diagnosis seemed to get worse,” states DeWayne. After a serious health scare, he ended up in the hospital for two weeks. It was what happened in his hospital bed that set him on the path to a miracle.
“During those days, I was in so much pain, that I would just sing,” explains Woods. “I couldn’t do anything else. Then, I said one day, ‘God, if I’m going to sing about You and sing about You being a healer, then I need You to heal my body – not just for me, but so the world will see that you’re still a healer.” It was at that point that he had literally “Let Go” and left the matter in the hands of God. A few years later he decided to get rechecked. When he went to the hospital, they tested his blood and DeWayne says, “They told me that I tested negative for HIV.” The staff was baffled; they were the same people who had originally treated him. He even had to stand before a national medical review board and complete a battery of tests; all to make sure the disease was totally absent from his body. They couldn’t find a trace of it. “God Still Heals”!!
DESTINED TO WIN!!
With a multiplicity of talents and undeniable passion, DeWayne Woods is an artist who will naturally find his way to the top of the Gospel music industry; which is great, because he is a man with much to sing and testify about.
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