“Her latest work exceeds anything I would have expected and has taught me that we can, sometimes, manage our expectations upward.”
— Jim Chapdelaine (13-Time Emmy Winner)
— Sandy Shore (smoothjazz.com)
“An intoxicating delight!”
— Laurell Reynolds (Host of the Folk Show on Jefferson Public Radio)
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Emerging indie artist Skarlett Woods, has won or been nominated for countless folk awards in the nation. She has opened for such acts as Stephen Stills, Judy Collins and the Blues Traveler. While the exquisite voiced singer/songwriter has earned comparisons to Joni Mitchell and KD Lang. Her Americana-Jazz style is what captivates audiences amongst the passionate tales from her life out West. Keeping honesty on the tip of her pen, Skarlett has produced a body of work that remains truly and entirely unto itself.
Skarlett often hears that her music is "different." KPIG Radio's "Please Stand By" host Sleepy John teased her in an on air interview, "Do you know who you remind me of? ...nobody. Not anybody. I've never heard anybody do what you do. And that's good!" Indeed, few modern musicians are the granddaughter of a showboat operator. Rather than follow the lead of her generation’s singer-songwriter heroes, Skarlett has created a sound that is a throwback to an earlier time, when some things seemed simpler but the music was much more complicated. She inherited a talent for storytelling from a family steeped in the showboat business and musical theater, but Skarlett's years of classical/jazz guitar training are what allow her the versatility to truly captivate audiences.
Entering her thirties, Skarlett continues to write original songs, but seasoned by the experiences her life has shown her. To better express all that is in her heart, Skarlett began studying with jazz guitarist Bill Leonhart in 2015. A seven-string guitar virtuoso, Bill is also the brother of internationally renown bassist, Jay Leonhart. Having been under the influence of such teachers has sprouted musical influences such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Roger Hammerstein and more modernly- John Williams, James Horner, Punch Brothers and The Beatles.
Finding it irrational to limit the reach of other influences in her life, Skarlett embraces open and radically honest relationships. She considers these deep human connections to be her greatest source of personal growth and musical inspiration. These stories, of course, play out in some of her best songs, including “The Colors You Make”, winning best folk song for the 2017 American Songwriter Awards and "A Time for Truth", which won best song in several regional competitions of the West Coast Songwriters in Spring 2018.
At this stage, she is still profoundly introspective and now constantly drawn to the question of what it means to write a great song. Her vision for great music is not bounded by traditional song structures, chords, or genres. As one new fan commented, "Skarlett's songs are great in a way that I never knew songs could be great!" She is delighted to create beautiful music that anyone can appreciate, but she challenges herself to write songs that even highly trained musicians will find engaging. Indeed, some of her highest praise comes from other skilled musicians.
In the years leading up to the release of her spectacular, multi-dimensional full-length debut I’M RIGHT HERE, emerging indie artist Skarlett Woods, has won or been nominated for countless folk awards. While the exquisite voiced singer/songwriter has earned comparisons to Joni Mitchell, the intimate, soulfully crafted collection showcases deep jazz and swing sensibilities. This folk/jazz hybrid, and her unique alternating use of piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment, lays the foundation for a fresh vibe that defies genre categorizations. At the heart of everything is her keen sense of storytelling, which commands rapt attention no matter what the musical atmosphere may be. Keeping honesty and heart on the tip of her pen, she has produced a body of work that remains truly and entirely unto itself.
- Label: Self-released
- Genre: Singer-Songwriter Americana/Jazz
- Hometown: Brainerd, Minnesota
- Influences: Cole Porter, Punch Brothers, Eric Whitacre, John Williams
- Sounds like: Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, KD Lang
- 11/21/19 The Chronicle
- Sunday Mail Tribune (Cover Story)
- Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Aug, 8th 2019)
- 2019 Editors Pick- Monterey County Weekly
- 2019 Hollywood Songwriting Contest (Best Folk Nominee)
- Monterey County Weekly
- 2017 American Songwriting Awards (winner)
- 2017 American Songwriting Awards (nominee)
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