Ingrid Woode
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Ingrid Woode

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | SELF

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | SELF
Band R&B Soul




"Pardon The Introduction: Singer/Songwriter Ingrid Woode"

Tuskegee University Graduate and R&B singer Ingride Woode (@i_woode), won a 2009 People’s Choice Awards Songwriting Competition, worked with Queen Latifah, has written for Grammy Award winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway, toured in three countries though out Europe this past 2011/2012 winter, and recently independently released her debut album Too Weak’s Notice through her production company IWOODE Productions. VIBE had the opportunity to sit down with Ingrid Woode to learn more about her career and how to give a “Two Weak’s Notice.”

VIBE: How’d you start making music?

I started making music when I was a little girl. I started messing around with my parents and my sister’s old records. I was born in the ’80s so by that time cassette tapes had come around, so I started making little mixtapes. My mom is a musician so there were instruments all around the house. I started playing the piano on my own and then I took piano lessons. I was classically trained as a child. Then I went off to college and that’s where it started.

What made you decide to study science instead of music?

When I went to college I was working on starting Plan B. Plan B was to be a veterinarian. When I finished undergrad, I decided to focus on making music. After I graduated, I took a break and used the science degree to buy music and equipment. I’m using that degree now to invest in music, to travel for music and buy instruments recording equipment. I’m using the science degree now as a means to finance the dream.

How was it working with Queen Latifah? What type of knowledge has she shed on you? How is that relationship?

When I first met her it was overwhelming. Then the event that took place was literally like you do what you do in your bedroom. It sounds nice to you and it sounds nice to your mom and your family. Then that opportunity took what I was doing in my bedroom and shared it with the world and it let me know that the world enjoys what I do as well. When I first met her, it was all of those emotions. It was the person I used to listen to in my Walkman on the bus on the way to school. It was very surreal. She’s like an older sister and she gave a lot of advice. Even now still we keep in contact and connect. She lets me know to be confident about what I do and go out there and get it. If it’s meant for me to do and to have, then I have to really work for it. It’s crazy seeing somebody who you have grown up with right there in front of you and then your working with her.

What was the best piece of advice that she’s given you as a musician?

To be myself. When I’m myself and I’m doing the best that Ingrid can do then I’m not going to fail. When you go out there and you try to do what other people want you to do or what you think someone else wants you to do it may work, but eventually your going to get tired of upholding that facade. The greatest piece of advice that she has given me so far was to do me and to be confident about doing me and not be so timid or worry about what other people think.

Tell me how the collaboration with you and Layla Hathaway came about.

She put on twitter, “ I’m working on my album, if you’re a writer or a producer send your material to my email address.” So I sent some of my songs and I hadn’t heard anything. I waited a week. Then I decided to send one more song. Then the next day I got a call back and it was from somebody from her team. Her producer said, “We really like your music. Do you write to other people’s music?” I told them I hadn’t but I said yeah sure. So he sent me an instrumental. We spoke on the phone and he said he had a song called “We’re All in This Together” and he kept singing the hook over and over and said, “Do something with that.” I finished the entire song and recorded it all in one night but I didn’t want to seem too eager so I waited one day. Then I sent it to him and he gave me a few suggestions so I switched a few things around and she loved it and the rest was history. I had never written anything for anyone else before, I just sent the music and did my best and it worked out.
Since you wrote for Layla, have you reached out to more artists via Twitter?

I wouldn’t say directly from that but it has kind of helped me earn more respect. More people have started paying attention a little bit to what I gave.

If you could write and/or produce for any artist who would it be?

I have this killer song for Janet Jackson. I have the best song and it’s really for a male or a female artist; like Tim McGraw or Taylor Swift. People like Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott. There’s this one bass guitarist named Steven Thundercat Bruno with that Ingrid sound.

With this album, were you giving a two weeks notice or receiving one?

I was in the process of giving one. It was based off a straight up emotional decision. I think I was supposed to be off of work that day and I went in and weird things happened. My mom was sick, and sometimes when you think someone close to you is about to pass or a scary situation really puts things into perspective. Not that I hate what I’m doing, but I’m supposed to be doing something more. I went in there and started writing my notice, but as soon as I was about to send it I didn’t. It was based off of 100 percent emotional decisions where I had to really sit back and think about the things in my life that really needed a two weeks notice. It was a lot of things in my life that needed a two weeks notice. The basis behind the album was when you realize that it was time for a change. There were a lot of things in my life that needed to change and it changed my perspective.

Most of the R&B songs that I listen to are about love and happiness but your album was very dark. Is this dark side your style?

That’s where I was during that period of time and in the midst of getting to a new season or a new period of life. I guess around that time it was pretty dark and sometimes you feel like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, then sometimes its pretty dark and you have to write about how you feel. Sometimes you have to write about how you want to feel, but its still kind of in that vein of being straight up in that darkness.

My favorite song on the album is “Dangerous.” I thought you had a feature on your song. I was blown away. I had to play it back to make sure it was really you. You definitely pulled off the British accent very well.

I appreciate that. That’s one of my favorite songs off the album as well.

I liked the part when you said, “I stopped shopping for deals and let deals shop for me.” How do you make labels come to you?

Well, it’s not as literal. When you do stuff just because it’s in you to do. When I did the peoples choice joint, I submitted that song, but in the back of my mind I was thinking there was going to be a whole bunch of people doing this and I don’t know if I’m going to win. I have some time and a camera and a really good song. I’m just going to put it out there and it worked. Even with that Layla situation, I sent some songs in and I didn’t hear anything back. Then one day I sent them another song then I turned the television on the next day and I got a call back. So it was kind of just saying when you do things because they’re in you to do. Not because you’re searching. When you put things out there that’s when things really start to happen for you. So it wasn’t meant to be super duper obnoxious.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m doing all of this through my production company I Woode productions. Through that, I want to put out my own music out and produce for other people. I want to write for other people. I will have more things going on where you see me in other people’s credits for writing and producing. There’s this gospel artist down in Atlanta who I’m working on her album. I’m not sure if it’s coming out this year or the top of next year. I’m also into visual art and I love videography and photography, but my main focus is music. - Vibe Magazine Online

"Around Cincinnati"

Link to an audio interview: - cincinnati, ohio 91.7

"Original work of local composer Ingrid Woode featured in ‘Classical Roots’"

Original work of local composer Ingrid Woode featured in ‘Classical Roots’

Ingrid Woode
Classical Roots, in past years performed in area churches, kicks things up a few notches this year with some grand orchestral forces, big voices and even bigger names.

Leading off the all-star roster are honorary co-chairs Dusty Baker, manager of the divisionwinning Cincinnati Reds, and Marvin Lewis, head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Alongside Dixon will be critically-acclaimed soprano Angela Brown, known for her powerful operatic voice and her witty recital program “Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View.”

An extraordinary aspect of this year’s Classical Roots is that the original work of Cincinnati native Ingrid Woode will be performed. A classically-trained violinist and composer, Woode will get to experience every composer’s dream.

The world premiere of her work, “When This Life is Over” will be performed by a full orchestra in a historic concert hall in front of what looks to be packed audience.

Woode studied under the tutelage of Cincinnati Ballet Company violinist Toby Goldstein, from the age of 8 all the way up to the weekend right before she went off to college. Ingrid is currently working as an analytical chemist, and is writing songs for artists in the music industry.

She has finished her selfproduced album, entitled Too Weak’s Notice, which will be released on March 11, through her production company, IWOODE Productions. Her album was mixed and mastered by the recording engineer Robert “Brizz” Brisbane, whom she met during her Queen Latifah opportunity. Ingrid’s album, “Too Weak’s Notice” is available on itunes, through her websites,, and more places to come!

“Classical Roots: Lift Ev’ry Voice” takes place at the magnificent Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the CSO Box Office at (513) 381-3300 or visit - The Cincinnati Herald

"Queen Latifah Returns To Rap On 'Persona"

The world sees plenty of Queen Latifah (real name Dana Owens) these days-at movie theaters, on magazine covers, in CoverGirl ads-but it rarely hears new music from her. Latifah's last two albums consisted entirely of jazz and soul standards. "Trav'lin Light," released in 2007, sold 263,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "The Dana Owens Album," which came out three years prior, sold 730,000.

Recently, Latifah went back to rapping (and yes, singing) on everything from a Lady GaGa remix to a Rhymefest mixtape. "Persona," her first album of originals since 1997, is due Aug. 22 on Flavor Unit Entertainment.

How does it feel to be rapping again?

Queen Latifah: It feels good. It's like riding a bike-once you know it, you know it. This album is definitely rooted in hip-hop, but there's a lot of singing, too. I've been singing a lot over the past few years, so I wanted to bring it all under one roof. But really, I've always sung on my records. I was always a person who mixed a lot of melody with rhymes. It's fun getting my feet wet again.

This is your first time working with producers Cool & Dre. What made you decide to record "Persona" with them?

I met them during this pilot that we did with Eve called "Bridging the Gap" about an artist getting to meet their hero. At the end of the episode, Eve and I went into the studio to make a record that Cool & Dre produced. It was just such a good vibe. They're very creative and easy to work with, and they just took ideas that I had for my album and really made them hot. They were like, "If the music sounds good to us, it should sound good to other people." So we went down to Miami and recorded the whole album. It's the best place to record, with the sun and the water. You could literally jump off a jet ski and go right in the booth. There aren't too many places you can do that.

You also collaborated on this album with 25-year-old Ingrid Woode, who won a songwriting contest you announced at this year's People's Choice Awards. Why did you select an unknown to write one of your songs?

Part of my whole intention with this album, and with edging back into the urban world, is to give all the females an opportunity to make records. This girl from Ohio wrote a great song and we just went and recorded it. She actually produced it all by herself in her bedroom, but Cool & Dre helped hook up the beat for us. It's a really nice song about friends who let you down.

Is it harder for women to succeed in the music industry today than it was 10 or 20 years ago?

Never since my start in this business at 17 years old have I seen it so male-dominated. It's deplorable, to be honest. You cannot just have male voices. Not in the world, not in society, not in music. When there are no female records being played on the radio, there's a voice that's missing, a story that's not being told. Labels don't sign females to their rosters. Radio stations play only 15 or 20 records over and over again. A lot of us are in the studio now-me, Missy [Elliott], Eve, Shawnna-so I guess when we're ready to go you'll hear more from the females. But we really have to step up and support one another. It has to come from video channels and radio, and women have to make sure they're supporting their sisters.

Why do you release your albums independently?

The last few albums I've done have been joint ventures, so at this point I don't know how to be signed to a label. We end up working these albums and promoting them ourselves. It's normal for us.

Do you have any sales expectations for "Persona"?

Not at this point. I realize that I haven't been in the game for a while, so I'm going to have to do everything I can to work it up to a reasonable number. I just want it to be heard. I want people to feel it and take it on the road. - Bill Board


Too Weak's Notice - 2011 Album

the song 'Fair Weather Friend' on Queen Latifah's 2009 album 'Persona'

The song 'We're All In This Together' on Lalah Hathaway's 2011 album 'Where It All Begins'



Ingrid Woode, a Cincinnati, Ohio native is a musician who won a People's Choice Awards Songwriting Competition, worked with Queen Latifah, written for Grammy Award winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway, and most recently has independently released her debut album Too Weak's Notice through her production company IWOODE Productions. She's toured throughout Europe & loves performing at music festivals. Her favorite music festival is the MidPoint Music Festival which happens in her hometown of Cincinnati. Ingrid recently completed scoring the classical orchestration of her song When This Life Is Over from her latest album. She performed the piece with the internationally renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a 150 member chorus for a sold out crowd at Cincinnati's Music Hall.
After graduating from Tuskegee University, Ingrid used her science degree working as a chemist to invest in recording equipment. Influenced by years of exposure to a diverse collection of artists, Ingrid found her unique soulful sound through songwriting, composing, recording, producing, and performing her increasing catalogue of original music. She is a classically trained violinist and plays all instruments used to record her compositions. Fair Weather Friend, a song she wrote, recorded, performed, and self-produced, afforded Ingrid the opportunity to work with Queen Latifah and have her song placed on Latifah's latest digital album, the Persona Bonus Track Version on iTunes.
Ingrid describes her music as, "Soul. It’s acoustic soul, electronic soul, folk soul, R&B soul…shoot, Hip Hop soul. But if I had to describe it in just one word, I’d have to say Soul.”
Ingrid’s current album, Too Weak’s Notice was released on March 11, 2011. When explaining the concept of the album Ingrid says, “Sometimes the hardest decisions are when you know it's time for a change. Whether it's the negative people, a suffocating situation, or a past that wants to hold on to you, there comes a time when you have to give more than your job a TOO WEAK'S NOTICE.”
Ingrid is praying and working hard to share her gift with the world as a songwriter, composer, and producer for herself as well as others. She is currently promoting her album Too Weak’s Notice which is available on major internet retail sites digitally and physically, including iTunes and is working on another project which will be out in June of 2013. She has also reunited with her band Type 1, which she formed while at Tuskegee University to help bring her musical journey to a live setting. In an interview, Queen Latifah described Ingrid as, “Amazing!” Now it’s time for Ingrid to let everyone know how amazing she really is!

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