Donovan Woods's new album Without People ponders how relationship songs take on new meaning amid COVID-19
If the pandemic has put one thing into focus for everyone, it's the people in our lives: those we love or are connected to, and all the people we haven't been able to see.
Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Donovan Woods found himself thinking a lot about his relationships during quarantine as he worked on his latest album, Without People, which is out today.
In a conversation with q's Tom Power, Woods explained why creating this album collaboratively during a time of solitude was exactly what he needed.
The singer-songwriter has also launched the Donovan Woods With People Project to support independent creators from North America, the U.K., Sweden, Kenya, and more across a diverse range of art mediums. Woods works with these artists to come up with an interpretation of each song on Without People.
New York artist Ariana and the Rose — who also joined Woods in his conversation with Power — conceived and performed in a music video for the song We Used To.
WATCH | Donovan Woods With People Project video for We Used To:
Below, watch two performances recorded live for q. Woods is accompanied by composer and musician Joshua Van Tassel.
WATCH | Woods's song Seeing Other People (recorded live for q):
WATCH | Woods's song We Used To (recorded live for q):
— Produced by Danielle Grogan