Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Love Like This by Ayiesha Woods
"Ayiesha brings a high energy and refreshing sound to God-honoring music."
Simply put, Ayiesha Woods brings it all to Love Like This, her second Gotee Records release. Her passionate vocals, co-written lyrics, diverse sounds and an overwhelming infectious joy are identifying marks of her music!
Folk, rock, pop, R&B, reggae and ballads all receive equal time on Love Like This which is produced by Chris Stevens (tobyMac, Group 1 Crew) and Jamie Moore (Mandisa, Falling Up). Woods says, “I’ve always listened to music in different genres. When it comes to writing music, I’ve never been one to just be comfortable with the same ol’ same ol’.”
Her songwriting is transparently heartfelt . . . reflecting one who is taking seriously her faith walk with God. The title track “Love Like This” is a worshipful prayer, written in her late teens, revealing her unending quest for a deeper intimacy with God.
is “One Day” with
lyrics like: And one day you will know the truth and it will make you
free, One day I know you’ll
surrender and let love in. It is her upbeat and soulful affirmation
of the Holy Spirit’s work in a friend who is spiritually seeking answers
and the elusive everlasting love. Ayiesha’s reinterpretation of Jennifer
Knapp’s “Refine Me” is a heartfelt confession of a wandering
child of God.
Love Like This is a musical outpouring of the love lessons Woods has been learning over the last couple of years. Although love is an overused and oft abused word in our world today, Ayiesha draws the listener into the eternal, perfect, unconditional love of the Almighty.
Her lyrics, though refreshingly simple, sometimes become too trite i.e. “People are people and everybody needs some love” or “And I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t for You.
Still only in her twenties, Ayiesha brings a high energy and refreshing sound to God-honoring music. You’ve gained a new fan, Ms. Woods!Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.