Award Winning Roots Pop from Toronto. - Donovan Woods: Clean Slate
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posted 27 Jul 2020 by Krister Axel
A wistful roots-pop track that captures the early optimism of newfound love, and the innocent hope that things could be different this time around.

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Locking in over 265 million streams to date and 1.5 million monthly listeners, JUNO Award-winner Donovan Woods paints themes of heartache, joy, connection, and redemption in vivid hues that inform a rich, visceral experience for his listeners. His lyrical talent for emotional transparency has made him a sought-after co-writer for artists like Tim McGraw and Billy Currington, just to name a few.

With "Clean Slate," Woods is now ready for an even wider international appeal, as he delivers a crossover hit that weaves his signature country-and-roots gravitas into a widescreen indie-rock feel. This wistful roots-pop track captures the early optimism of newfound love, and the innocent hope that things could be different this time around. "This is a love song about falling in love and how it makes you feel like you’re a new person," says Woods. "But slowly you realize you’re still the same person with all the hang-ups you’ve always had, and it’s a drag."

"Clean Slate" represents a new step forward for Woods, as he continues to impress audiences with his laid-back affect and a genuine talent for finding spiritual truth in the overlooked details of everyday life.

I wanna love you like I've ever loved anyone
I wanna sing you like a song I ain't ever sung
I wanna love you like the first time I saw the sun rise
I wanna laugh with you like I don't know the punchline
I wanna give you my heart, unburdened by all the uncertainty we face
Yeah, I wanna love you with a clean slate

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist