Woodrow Woody, The Gazette-Virginian’s pressroom supervisor, has released a new Gospel CD “Lord I’m Depending On You.”
The CD is a joint project with Woody’s friend James Edward Cole III.
“We give all the praise to the man up there,” Woody said, giving God all the glory for the Gospel CD. He added, “It’s an honor working with James. He’s a great, down-to-earth guy. We’ve worked on three CDs together and we’re working on a fourth one, in God’s will.”
Woody’s favorite tracks on the CD are “I Surrender My Life” and “Jesus Can Deliver You” because the songs’ lyrics mean a great deal to him.
“I surrender my life to Him and Him only, giving it all to Him,” Woody said, explaining the meaning of the lyrics to “I Surrender My Life.” “My problems and all, I give it to Him, because I know He’s going to fix it. As long as I have Him by my side, I don’t worry too much.”
At times, Woody said singing and recording the Gospel music is a “tear dropper” for him because it gets him thinking about all the times he has put his faith in God and He has gotten him through trying experiences and times of uncertainty in his life.
All the tracks on the CD “Lord I’m Depending On You” reflect Woody’s deep faith in the Lord, among them the title track, “Guide My Foot Steps Every Day,” and “Place My Feet On Solid Ground.”
“Lord I’m Depending On You” also is special to Woody because it was released on Aug. 31, the date of his youngest son Tyquan Woody’s 24th birthday. Woody shared that Tyquan, who has a strong faith and stays in the Word of God, is working on a track with him on his next CD.
Woody and Cole released their first Gospel CD “Jesus Is Able” in 2008 and their second CD “Still Keep Praising God” in 2021. The tracks of those first two CD’s, as well as “Lord I’m Depending On You” are available on YouTube and Spotify.
Woody explained the process of producing the Gospel CDs. He records them in his home studio, then sends them to Cole, and he masters the recordings. He first met Cole in the Sinai area of South Boston and the duo have been working on recording Gospel music ever since. Woody works on recording his Gospel music whenever the inspiration strikes.
“I was up at 3 this morning doing a Gospel song,” Woody shared on Friday.
The Gospel singer was first inspired during his childhood by his mother, Emily Woody, who would sing Gospel music around the house.
“She used to always tell me, ‘Keep your trust and faith in God,’” Woody recalled. He followed his mother’s advice.
“I’m going to stay on that path,” Woody shared. “I’m going to stick with Him and keep praying until He calls me home.”
Woody related that he first started singing Gospel music at the age of 17 and began playing the drums around that time as well, and he has been doing it ever since. He said he would watch Gospel singers on TV and started working on his vocals. He was inspired by Gospel singers such as Lee Williams. One of his favorite songs by the late Gospel singer is “I Can’t Give Up.”
“I used to always sing that song,” Woody said.
Gospel music is a part of Woody’s everyday life, whether he is recording a song in his studio, praising God at his church — Trinity Baptist of South Boston — or singing a tune while working in the pressroom at The Gazette-Virginian.