Wanita Denise Woodgett may not BE the most recognized name in industry, but when you shorten it to her stage name D.Woods, a whole new understanding comes to mind.
The world watched D.Woods blossom from a reality star hopeful all the way to a multi-platinum selling memBEr of what was slated to BE one of the biggest girl groups known to man. Although it looks like we’ve seen the final ups and downs of Danity Kane; one thing’s for sure, you’re just seeing the BEginnings of D.Woods‘ raw unadulterated talent.
D has always BEen a friend to BE Magazine, and we’ve BEen privileged to get an up-close and personal look at her experience as a major & independent artist, from her BEginnings with Danity Kane and Girls Club, all the way to her Independence Days as a solo threat. Not only has she managed to overcome what could have BEen the an extremely tragic situation (walking out on her boss Diddy), she’s singlehandedly kept afloat in this dog eats dog industry.
Here’s a preview from our EXCLUSIVE:
BE Magazine: When I mention the album “Welcome to the Dollhouse” what initially jumps into your mind?
D.Woods: Well, I’m glad that people really liked that album, I mean it was a lot of work to get it to where it was when it was released. I mean it was just a lot of work. (laughs) What comes to mind first is labor. Yeah. I remember like the day it was released I just felt like, I really worked hard on this album. I was sick pretty much the entire time we were recording, and we were arguing with the label and the A&Rs. It was a lot of work. And then at the same time we were living under the microscope of MTV and a reality show. Both albums were like that. So I just knew when it was time for me to work on my own solo projects I didn’t want it to be like that. i wanted to have a really good time, and for it to be like a celebration, but it wasn’t like that. It was a lot of work, something I had to look at say, wow, I really worked hard to get that one out there.
BE Magazine: We applaud your constant grind and the fact that you don’t settle for the bare bottom of the barrel.
D.Woods: Yeah, the artists that I look up to and the people that have made the most impact in music history, I think they were like that. We have Madonna, Prince, Outkast, Missy Elliot, these people were very much like not the cookie cutter artist. The artists like Erykah Badu, that say this is what I do, take it or leave it. They leave it all on the stage, all on the record, and you can listen to their latest cd or their very first one that came our whenever and you still feel like it’s a classic or “that’s my shhhhhh*t”, that’s the impact I want to have, I don’t want my music to ever get dated. I want to make music for summer, winter, spring, and fall.
BE Magazine: What do you want your fans to leave this article feeling?
D.Woods: Hey fans…and those that still haven’t decided whether or not they’re fans. We’re gonna call this Alter Call… I want y’all to come up and join this movement. I’m that girl that was dancing in front of the mirror at 6 year old, and I’m still that same girl. I carry that same fun spirit. I want you guys to enjoy this movement!
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