The JUNO Award-winning songwriter Donovan Woods added to his 220 million career streams and 1.5 million monthly listeners with two recent singles, ‘Here In Chicago’ and ‘IOWA’, a collaboration with Aoife O’Donovan. Now Woods shares his brand new single ‘I Hope You Change Your Mind’. The track comes ahead of a 2022 UK tour as a guest to Aoife O’Donovan as well as a London headline show at Oslo.
Co-written by Woods with David Hodges (Ed Sheeran, Maren Morris), ‘I Hope You Change Your Mind’ is a beautifully understated tearjerker with a twist in the tale: Woods doesn’t reveal that the relationship he’s exploring is over until the song’s devastating final line.
Woods says, “The song is about that back-end portion of a relationship when everyone knows the score but no one wants to say it. It’s loving someone so much that you’re not sure how to be mad at them, so you twist yourself into knots.”
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As an in-demand songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw (‘Portland, Maine’) and Lady A’s Charles Kelley (‘Leaving Nashville’), Woods has been venturing beyond the singer-songwriter scene where he first cut his teeth. Equally at home in folk and country, he has worked with songwriters such as Tom Douglas, Lori McKenna, Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, Femke Weidema, and Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies).
Woods’ featured vocals on this summer’s Dabin & Nurko’s ‘When This Is Over” veered into anthemic dance pop, and yet he still sounded right at home. On ‘IOWA’, Woods found a kindred spirit in Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan for a pastoral meditation on dreaming of a place you know doesn’t exist. Those collaborations highlighted a growing truth about Woods: As respected as he is as a solo artist, he continues to evolve and work with musicians across disparate genres. As he does so, his own songs have become more dimensional as he digs into new sonic textures.
Those singles followed the success of his celebrated album ‘Without People’ which was released in 2020. When a hush fell over the house after his kids went to bed, Donovan Woods got to work on the album, which he made in isolation at the height of the pandemic. Despite that time alone, his aim was to get as close as possible to recreating the spontaneity of making music in a room with other musicians.
The follow-up to ‘Both Ways’, winner of Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards, ‘Without People’ was acclaimed as “a nuanced experience” (American Songwriter) and a thoughtful exploration of “fleeting interpersonal moments now under the microscope” (NPR/KUTX). So much of that album’s allure was rooted in how Woods connected with his collaborators and imparted the intimacy so many of us craved during a global health crisis. It was so successful, in fact, that it led to a deluxe edition of ‘Without People’ in 2021.
Donovan Woods will commence 2022 with a UK and Ireland tour as special guest to Aoife O’Donovan as well as a headline London show at Oslo. He will then embark upon a run of European dates in January before starting a huge Canadian tour in April. His UK and Ireland dates are listed below. Please see his website for ticket details and a full list of his international dates.
28th – Belfast, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
29th – Dublin, Liberty Hall
30th – Cork, St. Luke’s
1st – Birmingham, St. Paul’s Church
2nd – London, Barbican Centre
3rd – Manchester, Hallé St Peter’s
4th – Gateshead, The Sage, Hall 2
5th – Cambridge, Junction
7th – London, Oslo (headline show)