D. Woods in 2006
|Birth name||Wanita Denise Woodgett|
|Also known as||D. Woods|
|Born||July 6, 1985|
Anaheim, California, United States
|Origin||Springfield, Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Pop, hip hop, R&B|
|Labels||Bad Boy Records (2005–2008), Woodgrane Entertainment (2009–present)|
|Associated acts||Danity Kane (2005–2008), Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Shanell aka SnL, Lil Wayne, Kandi Burruss, Sean Combs, Young Joc, Lloyd, Gorilla Zoe, The Girls Club, T.I., T-Pain|
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Wanita Denise Woodgett (born July 6, 1985), better known as by her nickname D. Woods, is an American singer, dancer, and actress. She is a former member of the girl group Danity Kane. Woods is the founder and CEO of Woodgrane Entertainment.
Woodgett coined the nickname "D. Woods" (her middle initial and shortened surname) because she felt it was easier to pronounce and more memorable than her birth name. Born in Anaheim, California, and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, she developed a love for performing at the age of three. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, she and her sister Shanell (Young Money Entertainment/CashMoney Records artist) went on to attend Tri-Cities High School, a visual and performing arts magnet school in East Point, Georgia; she attained further dance training from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ludwing Foundation in Havanna Cuba and acting instruction at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a B.F.A. in musical theatre.
Before joining Danity Kane, Woods toured with several major recording artists such as Bow Wow, Lloyd, Avant, Snoop Dogg and Letoya Luckett as a background dancer, performed in theater festivals such as the National Black Theater Festival and Windybrow Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa off-Broadway theater productions, and interned with Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule Production Company. She was hand-picked by director Chris Robinson to appear in the video "Change Clothes" by Jay-Z, where she was one of the models. D. Woods auditioned in 2005 on the second season of the MTV reality television program Making the Band 3 by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Danity Kane's first album debuted August 22, 2006, at No. 1. Danity Kane, along with the Pussycat Dolls, toured as the opening act for Christina Aguilera.
In December 2006, Woods was the lead girl in Lloyd's video "You". In 2007, she made an appearance in Gorilla Zoe's album Welcome to the Zoo, on the track "You Don't Know Me". She was also featured in the film Stomp the Yard that same year. Her writing credits include multiple tracks on the platinum-selling Danity Kane album Welcome to the Dollhouse.
On October 14, 2008, Combs declared Woods no longer a member of Danity Kane, as well as bandmate and then-best friend Aubrey O'Day, following a heated discussion with Combs. MTV News gauged fan reactions to the dismissals of Woods and O'Day. Fans left impassioned, long and detailed comments on the MTV News site about their discontent at the group's breakup. They cited what they felt was a lack of individuality and excitement left within the group. New members were expected to be chosen for Danity Kane as "replacements" for Woods and O'Day, but the group broke up completely early 2009 when it was reported Woods and O'Day, along with group member Shannon Bex, declined the offer to return to the series and the group. O'Day stated that she was unsure if Woods was asked back, but that she herself was not asked to return. Although Woods was fired in 2008, she was "officially" released from her Bad Boy Records contract by Combs February 26 of 2009 before the final episode of Making the Band the following April. Despite this, in the April 23, 2009, finale of the series, Combs stated that all five original members would be returning if he ever decided to reunite the group. Woods said she was going to release a full-length album later in the year, in addition to a single that will be released early summer 2009.
In an interview conducted after the finale show, Woods spoke with BE Entertained Magazine journalist Phonz L. Thomas. Woods was asked about an alleged rivalry between her and ex-Danity Kane member Dawn Richard. Woods replied, "I don't know if she has a problem with me per say [sic]. I don't know why she would have a problem. I was very disappointed by a lot of the things that she did say in the media and her different interviews. People are kind of aware of her comments and then also of course on the show, those comments were definitely going to get back to me. I was really disappointed and I don't know why she would go that route. And if it was to depict her as the victim and everybody else is the bad guy… I don't really know where all that stems from, but to me it's like she has her situation. And as you guys saw, I congratulated her as I was walking out the door! So it was like I don't have a problem and I don't know why she would have a problem… but she might, I'm not sure." Woods went on during this interview to comment, "I don't have any animosity towards any of the girls. Like things happen for a reason, it's time to move on you know, chapter ends. People are in each other's lives for a reason and a season, as they say! So there's no reason to hold any grudges. Um, however – the way that you present yourself, the actions you take, the comments that you make can lend themselves to having a 'beef' or having animosity."
Woods has had two photo spreads with King Magazine. She is currently[when?] recording songs for a possible solo album that can be heard via her MySpace, and appeared in Ludacris's music video "One More Drink". She has recently[when?] appeared in Lil Wayne's new video "Prom Queen" and Young Money video "Every Girl". She also is working on film/television projects. She is currently[when?] filming a music video for her upcoming single "Legalize Me." It was later revealed that "On My Side" is the lead single with her filming the video in Los Angeles in June. However, "Legalize Me" is released as a digital single, along with a music video, under Woods' own label Woodgrane Entertainment on iTunes. Woods was a featuring artist for Canadian rapper DY (Die Young) for his second single "That's My Spot", which a music video was filmed right before Dy disappeared in Mexico in early September 2010, and has now been confirmed as missing as of November 18, 2010. On November 20, 2010, Woods took to her Twitter account after learning about the disappearance of Schab: "I'm so hurt and worried learning about DY. This news effects me no matter how long I knew him. I'm praying for DY." She went on to say...,"Last time I saw DY we were joking on set of his video (That's My Spot). The director said it's a wrap and we said our 'see ya later' to each other."
In 2011, D. Woods was featured on Ray Garrison's single "Forever Gone", alongside Kyle Lucas. Later that year, she also released a "part 2" version of her song "Lady in the Street" on iTunes. The Gray Area EP that was supposed to come out in 2009 is now coming out on July 12, 2011, digitally on iTunes.[needs update] In April 2012, D. Woods released a new single called "2 The Bottom". She also released the My Favorite Color EP, Volume 1, that she's been hyping up for years, in December 2012.
A new single, "Gold Mine", will be released to iTunes on August 13, 2013, with the release of My Favorite Color EP, Volume 2 following sometime in the fall.[needs update]
- Independence Day, Volume 1 (2009)
- Independence Day, Volume 2 (2010)
- Lady In The Street (2011)
- The Gray Area (2011)
- My Favorite Color (2012)
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