Woody Russell is an American Jazz, R&B and Soul Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist. His style is often referred to as Jazz adjacent and is a singular sound with deep roots in Jazz, Soul and Blues. An award-winning artist on the CUTS Music Group label, Russell's critically acclaimed discography began with 1996's As Simple As That, a largely acoustic album that launched was his first solo outing. In 2016 he released Carry It Up, a sophisticated pop-jazz leaning recording that continues to align his style with that of artists such as Al Jarreau, Van Morrison, Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter.
2016 Named Texas Commission On The Arts Touring Roster Official Artist
2016 Finalist - USA Songwriting Competition
2016 Listening Room Festival Featured Artist
2016 Release of Carry It Up with successful Pledge Music campaign
2015 Finalist - International Acoustic Music Awards
2014/15 Honorable Mention - International Songwriting Competition
2013 recipient of the Bugle Boy “Founder’s Choice Talent Trust Award”
Woody Russell is the consummate singer/songwriter, and one of the most believable lyricists and storytellers I’ve heard in quite some time. Russell’s latest endeavor, Carry It Up, packs a wallop of pop-infused jazz, soul and rock flavorings that will send you on an unforgettable expedition through fascinating hues of ingenious songwriting and immaculate production – track after track after track.
[Carry It Up] is bristling with blue-eyed soul grooves while, lyrically, the long player offers insight into relationships as well as addressing broader social issues ..