"It's the connection that I'm after. I want to have the opportunity to share that with as many people as I can."
Woods had released music before but had yet to experience such a grassroots demand for her songs. This was truly special. The heartfelt gift for future husband was no longer a mere romantic gesture: "Half the Girl" has now claimed the attention of leading music editorials & radio stations around the world, not to mention it's proudly accumulated more than 5,000 streams on Spotify - 100% organically. Combine
& hard-copy albums that the single has helped sell - which is in the thousands, to date - has made for a proud husband & muse of the song. "Yeah, I'm proud of her beyond words" states her boyfriend turned husband & accompanist, Justin. "She's a flawless vocalist. I may sound bias... just come to a show. You'll know I'm not bragging. She's the real deal."
that with digital downloads
Charley singing alongside Chris Young at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN
Charley Woods - 2016
Her breakthrough EP Starting Gate is a well-polished, dynamic display of country music girl-power at its absolute finest. Down-home, southern grooves such as "I Wanna Know You" & "Last To Know" both showcase Charley's classic-country roots; while the raw & boisterous arena-friendly "Player" is both convicting & commanding enough to bring even the most heartless playboy to his knees. The album is perfectly off-set by the extremely heartfelt ballad "Starting Gate": An autobiography of a young girl who would answer the beckoning call to leave her comfortable surroundings in order to follow her dreams: a truly inspiring & authentic song as it is a nod to her personal music career as well as her lifelong connection to the equine industry.
Charley Woods' true passion is creating, who she calls “fan-friends”, with her message. "It's the connection that I'm after. Nashville is great, and it's cool when people tell you how wonderful they think you are - but when a connection is made with someone I would've never met had it not been for a song I wrote.. yeah - that's the good stuff. And I want to have the opportunity to share that with as many people as I can." Her love of music & traveling has taken her thousands of miles across the country. She deems each journey worthwhile, if not but to touch one person with her vivid songwriting & storytelling. The journey is indeed worthwhile as she finds dedicated fans at every venue she plays. "It's really incredible." says Justin. "I've played with a lot of talented artists. But she's different. We've played to more people that I can count, and I've never left a show without overhearing a fan talk to Charley about how one of her songs spoke to them. It's really crazy. I've seen people in tears. I'm grateful to be a part of that.” Charley brings the
same passion to every show because that's what she feels called to do. For her, it's not just a means to an end. It's not just a gig. It's her calling. She's bound to connect: Her voice, her songwriting, & her raw gift will allow no less. Just like a jockey racing to the finish line, Charley is in this for the long haul. Her passionate lyrics proclaim ‘Let the race begin, and I came to win’ –
But she proves that ambition each time she steps onstage.