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This Wednesday evening, Mixtape hands the reigns over to Ontario singer-songwriter, Donovan Woods. It may sound corny, but I would have to say that songwriting is his destiny. Apparently, at the age of 8, he looked up “just a songwriter” to see if that might actually be a job. And when he discovered it was, his course was set. Donovan’s most recent full-length album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, was on the 2016 Polaris Prize Long List, he won a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year, as well as JUNO and Canadian Country Music Award songwriting nominations. He spends part of his year in Nashville, successfully offering up his songs for recordings by people like Tim McGraw and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. Back in Canada, he recently co-wrote 4 of the songs on Alan Doyle’s (of Great Big Sea) new album.

But check out the Spotify playlist below and you’ll see that he’s not taking us on a tour of hardcore country songs. Not even close. It’s all about songwriters. Songwriters of all stripes. He LOVES songs. The lyrics…the rhythms…everything about ‘em. But why these particular songs? You’ll just have to tune in – Donovan Woods’ Mixtape – Wednesday at 7PM MT.

This video, which goes back to his 2012 album Don’t Get Too Grand, is a hilariously sweet example of Donovan Woods’ sense of humour:


Donovan’s playlist also includes songs not on Spotify:

Jay Z – “December 4th” (from The Black Album)

Beyoncé – “All Night” (from Lemonade)