At a very young age, Psalmist DeWayne L. Woods has already acquired a wide variety of music and performing arts experience. He was educated at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts from 1989-1993, where he studied acting and directing with a minor study in vocal music and music theory.
Woods also received a 2008 GMA Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. “It was very surreal,” says Woods about the song’s success. “Every artist wants to be accepted and appreciated for their music. So for people to take to ‘Let Go’ and be touched by the song is so humbling. People still call me ‘Mr. Let Go’,” he chuckles. Since that time Woods has relocated from Chicago to Atlanta and assumed the role of Director of Worship & Arts at Divine Faith Ministries International. “I love being part of the Divine Faith Church Family and it’s so important to me,” Woods says. “As an artist, you are constantly pouring out and it’s great to be poured into. I listen closely to what my pastor preaches and teaches. I also love music ministry because teaching is my passion. I love working and cultivating music ministries because it allows the creative juices inside me to flow.” He still ministers all over the world and continues to establish himself as a solo artist after having been in the background for years.
Just as distinguished as his singing career is Woods’ acting career. He has participated in stage plays since 1992, and has shared the stage with a long list of celebrities, including Peabo Bryson, Dave Hollister, Morris Day, Deneice Williams, Cuba Gooding Sr., Johnny Gill, Dottie Peoples, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Jesse Campbell, Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, MC Lyte, and Al Sharpton, just to name a few. He’s also added to his accomplishments starring in the critically acclaimed musical “Sing Hallelujah” which was written and directed by Donald Lawrence and Worth Gardner. In addition to stage-acting, he has appeared in the HBO special, Boycott: Start Walkin’, which aired in February, 2003 during Black History month. Main Source: Verity Records