On today’s podcast, I get to chat with Ayiesha Woods. Ayiesha wrote her first song when she was just 12 years old. And after releasing an independent project and touring regionally, she came to the attention of TobyMac who signed her to Gotee Records. Before long, she was nominated for Grammy and Dove awards and even had a top 10 radio hit. Then in 2009 she gave it all up to focus on her new family. While that may seem like a bad career choice, she said she wouldn’t change it for the world! Now a wife and mother of four boys, her new ministry is as a worship leader in her home church.
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Ayiesha Woods was born in Long Island, New York and was raised early on, on the British island of Bermuda. With her grandfather being a professional musician, Woods began writing songs at an early age, which led to her diverse music style that includes pop, soul, urban and rock. In her teens, Woods began writing Christian lyrics when the Lord changed her direction for music. She eventually recorded a Marlin award winning independent album, What You Do to Me, which led to Toby Mac signing her to Gotee Records in 2004. Her debut project, Introducing Ayiesha Woods, released in 2006, which garnered her Grammy and Dove award nominations. She recorded two more projects for Gotee Records, with her holiday album, Christmas Like This, giving her another Dove nomination.
In 2010, Woods left Gotee Records when she got married and started her family. She was pregnant with her second child when she started recording her second independent album in 2014, It’s Time, on her independent label Original Peace Music Group. This was followed by The Runaway Project in 2017.
Franklin, Tenn - This year Gotee Records is celebrating a huge milestone. The famed independent record label that has five RIAA Gold certified albums to their name and has launched numerous successful artist careers in R&B, rap, reggae and rock such as Out of Eden, GRITS, Jennifer Knapp, Relient K, Jamie Grace and many more, turns 20 years old.