Todd Woodward

Todd Woodward

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Todd Woodward, founder/frontman of ORDINARY K, and producer Pat Lee have teamed up to bring you a groundbreaking album that laces thick beats, atmospheric melodies, and smart, conscious lyricism.

Biography

Todd Woodward, founder and front man of the Brooklyn based hip-hop/soul squad Ordinary K, has been immersed in music since he was a kid and he’s loved every second of it. It all began with his lip-synched performances of old-soul classics at family gatherings, which was fun for a while, until he discovered his voice.
In 1992, Marc Friedman (of the Slip) asked Woodward to join his band, Gaylen Groove. The young vocalist was honored to oblige and so, at fifteen, Woodward was in his first gigging band. They played in and around Southeastern Massachusetts for a couple of years until graduation, then it was on to college.
After two semesters, Woodward moved to Boulder, Colorado where he formed Ordinary K, whose sound struck a chord with a mix of music lover’s from jamband to hip-hop fans. In their sophomore year, with help from Don Strausburg, Ordinary K was headlining the legendary Fox Theater, packing five-hundred bouncing bodies into it’s doors. Within five year’s OK had toured nationally, opening for Jimmy Cliff, Rahzel (of the Roots), Blackalicious, Doug E. Fresh, and Soulive, with Woodward, himself, being a guest performer for Ron Miles, the Samples, and Ozomatli.
Being in the middle of the Rocky Mountains made it hard to reach a massive amount of people. Without breaking the bank and going on long tours, OK felt like they were being seen by the same small scene. So, in 2003, with a Budweiser “True Music Live” sponsorship in their back pocket, Ordinary K caravanned to the mecca - New York City.
Immediately upon arrival they received and accepted their first international touring offer. That Spring, they were flown to Negril, Jamaica for three weeks. They played Jimmy Buffett’s Margarittaville for three thousand screaming Spring Breaker’s per night. Along with their initial East Coast success, Ordinary K was part of the 2005 Van’s Warped Tour, and continues to pack rooms in the Northeast such as NYC’s the Knitting Factory, Nectar’s in Vermont, and Boston’s Middle East.
In addition to independently selling over 500 copies of the “Naked EP” (featuring DJ Logic), Ordinary K has sold more than 2,000 copies of their debut album "Sidebyeach,” which has garnished them with radio play, appearances on compilation discs, and movies such as Warren Miller's ski epic "The Storm” and Pedro Carjaval’s documentary “POPaganda: The Life and Crimes of Ron English.”
Although Woodward has worked extremely hard to get Ordinary K to where they're at, not only writing songs, but managing, promoting, and booking the band, it's seems it’s still not enough for him. His debut solo album “Paradise” was self-released to rave reviews in February of this year and along with producer Pat Lee, Woodward has managed to create a beautifully woven, cohesive body of work that captures his portrait like a Kodak.
I think it's safe to say that music is Todd Woodward's livelihood and after all these years he’s earned the right to be considered a seasoned veteran. As put by Woodward himself, “It’s not all been a success, but that’s what makes it feel so good when it is.” And with that being said, when we look and listen to what Todd Woodward has contributed to the world's of music and art, we can only assume he must feel really good.
There is no end in sight for this accomplished rising star, so look out, as he is poised to be a smash sensation with his inspiring song writing and stunning performances.

Lyrics

paradise

Written By: Todd Woodward

As the sun sets calmly over there,
the evening's shadows slowly appear.
Something's happening here.
The nights about to call, and the world is aware that -

Paradise will be lost if the fight is as well, and when it vanishes will you be able to tell?
In a sea of those doing what there told I stand alone, holding my blindfold.

I hate to say it, but "I told you so."
You didn't want to hear it, so you covered your ears,
and didn't know,
until the sand passed through the hour glass,
and so you know,
I'm going to take a stand,
tell you, just like a man,
that you should understand, power is in your hand.
Change, give it a chance.
Arrange your plans, cause you never know with -

Paradise. If it's lost, will you know where it fell? And, when it vanishes will you be able to tell?
In a sea of those doing what there told I stand alone, holding my blindfold.

And there's one thing remaining clear.
A conscience can be cleansed, but the burden you bare.
Something has got to give.
The knife's about to fall, and we all want a share of -

Paradise. If it's lost, will you know where it fell? And, when it vanishes you will be able to tell.
In a sea of those doing what there told I stand alone.
Paradise will be lost if the fight is as well, and when it vanishes will you be able to tell?
In a sea of those doing what there told I stand alone, holding my blindfold.

shit to show

Written By: Todd Woodward

I ain't got shit to show, so I ain't got shit to lose.
I don't make lot's of dough, but I sure can sing the blues.

I've got to piss, but I've got no pot to do it in. I've got pot, but the seeds in it are crackling. I've got four pair of jeans that I rarely wash, two turntables, and a bass guitar. I've got a mic that I hold on to very tight, cause I play a live show about twice a night. I have no hair on the top of my head, but a lot of ideas in there instead. I do see the world from a different point of view. I've got a dealer that I'm meeting at a quarter to two. I have a girlfriend that I never see, and I have nowhere that I have to be. I try to have not much more than what I need, but I need my t-shirt that reads "kill creed!" I traded in my car for a pair of shoes, cause who I am is simply what I choose.

I ain't got shit to show, so I ain't got shit to lose.
I don't make lot's of dough, but I sure can sing the blues.

Every now and then I have one of those days, thinking this is it, this is the break that's gonna pay. But at the break of light I see an empty gas gauge, and a full ashtray, not beams of the sun's ray's, but I've got hope tied to me like a rope attached to a dream. Know what I mean? When I say that what I need I have already? I'm never satisfied, so I'm going to cut like a machete, square across the grain just to let you know, that this kid ain't laxidazical. There ain't enough hours in the day for me to get done what I've got to get done. Feels like I'm always on the run, but even if I had enough time, I still wouldn't be able to find peace of mind. So, I say to you, go ahead and take what you got, cause in the end all those things ain't alot.

I ain't got shit to show, so I ain't got shit to lose.
I don't make lot's of dough, but I sure can sing the blues.

saving grace

Written By: Todd Woodward

Chorus -
You are my saving grace
Without you, how could I make it on my own.
With you, I’ve found my place.
With you, there ain’t no need to roam.

Verse 1 -
You might not know this girl, but to me you mean the world, so there’s got to be an end to this endless running around. I’ve roamed through the mountains, and crossed these beautiful, blue seas, to see nothing, but images of you.

Chorus -

Verse 2 -
So there’s got to be a reason for finally seeing the light. Until it hit me under the chin, I was just believing in simply surviving. You’re supplying me with life. I want to make you my wife, and stay high like a kite, ‘cause I would cross these beautiful, blue seas, to see nothing, but images of you.

Chorus -

Discography

Todd Woodward
- Paradise - 2006

Ordinary K
- Naked (EP) - 2005
- Mostly Live (feat. DJ Logic) - 2003
- Sidebyeach - 2000