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Although it started with a creative talent, it soon blossomed into the beginning of an empire that offers music production, counseling, consulting, and mentoring of a number of artists. Dr. Tameka “Doc” Wright, also known as the ‘Queen of Underground Gospel’, discovered she had a gift and has leveraged it into a multi-faceted, family business. After starting as a singer at a very young age, she later became an author, motivational speaker, song writer, producer, mentor, entrepreneur, and has a doctorate degree in both pastoral counseling and ministry. As a mother, her children have grown up in this environment and are following in her creative footsteps. Lil Tahj is a song writer, rapper and producer and Raymond Woods, Jr. is a fashion photographer. (Read More)

 


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Not everyone is fortunate enough to know their passion or their gifts at a young age. Most young people are quite content playing video games and hanging out with their friends. Tahjae Woods aka LiL Tahj at 13 years old is very clear about what she brings to the table, however. The multi-talented teen is an instrumentalist playing the keyboard, flute, acoustic and electric guitars; a rapper; and a producer. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, but she also recognizes the importance of time management and discipline. Her busy life consists of juggling school maintaining all A’s, playing basketball (point guard), and building her music career. (Read More).

 

Below is an interview with Dr. Tameka "Doc" Wright

January 2010

My arrival at a local coffee shop in the area had me begging for forgiveness from Dr. Woods. I was stuck in traffic, rushing trying to make it to interview her. Dr. Woods is a new gospel artist and my first assignment for this magazine was to interview her.

I quickly learned that church folk are very forgiving and patient. Being on time is my practice, however I have shown up late to other interviews give or take five minutes to an uninviting attitude. I was trying to shake the chill off of me after being subject to the elements on a January afternoon. I took my coat off still jittery and nervous while Dr. Woods sat and watched probably assuming I was novice. She grabbed the spoon that was in the cup and stirred it around, "take your time," she said. I thanked her and asked if I could buy her another cup of what she was drinking. She declined smiled and shooed me away to the counter.

I ordered a vanilla chi tea and returned back to my seat. We sat across from each other at a table that sat four. I pulled out my laptop preparing for the interview still apologizing over and over again promising that the interview was moments from beginning.

She had an earthy self-assured attitude that was calming. Her brown, lightly freckled inviting smile was angelic. I shook my head as the goose bumps on my arm rose. She didn‟t say a word as her eyes danced following my un-prepared movements.

Dr. Tameka Woods was what people said she was, poised and professional. She had a girlish look like she could have blended in with a class at a local high school. However, life and wisdom surrounded her medium frame as she sat with her legs crossed in blue jeans, a brown sweater, dangling her UGG brown boots.

"I love your hair cut. A lot of women couldn't pull it off or be brave enough to wear it that close." I said.

She smiled and thanked me. I noticed her silver jewelry bangle bracelets and hooped earrings that put me in the mind of a Jill Scott or Erica Badu. I respected her demeanor which was the opposite of the tracks I heard her sing on.

When I got the call to interview Dr. Woods, I wasn‟t sure who she was although I was aware of the buzz that was starting to build. I Googled her name and found that she was an author for a book of poetry. That interested me on many levels because I am a fan of poetry and to get the opportunity to interview an author, songwriter, poet, singer, producer, former rap artist, and Doctor I knew I had my work cut out for me. Truly this woman of God has been busy, and I wanted to go deeper to bring her uniqueness to the surface.

"Dr. Woods. It‟s a pleasure to meet you; I am Garvin Hamilton staff writer for Paideia Magazine." I said re-introducing my self.

"Please call me Tameka. It‟s nice to meet you Garvin," she said followed with a warm smile.

I asked her if this was her first formal interview, she took a sip of her drink and said no. I was glad she said it wasn‟t her first time; it made me relax a little more.

"Has the interview started?" She asked

"Yes," I said.

Garvin: What does the Doctor in front of your name stand for?

Tameka: I have a Doctorate degree in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctorate degree in Ministry.

Garvin: I did a little research and from my understanding you use to be a rap artist. I was able to listen to an old track you did in the early 90‟s called „The Meek Shall‟. That sounds like a pre cursor to where you are now. Tell me about that song?

Tameka: Wow. You‟ve done your home work. The song was thought provoking. It made you think about what was going on around you. I adopted that term The Meek Shall from the bible.

Garvin: Tell me about some of your influences in gospel music?

Tameka: There are so many but my favorite of all time will be Karen Clark Sheard. I just love her voice. I like to describe her voice as verbal gymnastics, flipping for the Lord. No one sounds like her. Her voice is so definitive and bold it commands you to listen.

Garvin: I agree with you. Even when she sang with her sisters, "The Clark Sisters," she stood out to me and all of them are great singers, so respect to the rest of the Clark sisters. My mother would play their music all the time.

Garvin: I assume you are a fan, tell me why you listen to it. What does it say to your soul?

Tameka: Gospel music is a timeless. God is timeless. As long as the message is there, people will listen. People will listen even if the artist doesn‟t have a record deal. To me as an artist, it‟s great to be recognized in that respect. You can virtually go to any church U.S.A. and hear great singers and choirs. Gospel music is real soul music. Gospel music is all about saving souls. It‟s a message that God is here for you. That‟s why I really do it. It‟s what God says to my soul and I convey it in another medium for the masses to enjoy.

Garvin: You mention choirs just a moment ago. Have you ever sung in a choir?

Tameka: No I haven‟t. However, I directed a youth choir at a church I use to go to. To me that was one of the greatest experiences I had. The children were so eager to participate including my own children. But to answer your question, I was in a gospel group before, but not a choir.

Garvin: I didn‟t know you were a mother. How old are your children?

Tameka: Yes. I have a 19 year old son and a 12 year old daughter.

Garvin: How do they feel about mommy embarking on a solo career in gospel music?

Tameka: They are excited. They help whenever possible, and they are very supportive. It‟s always great to do something in the name of the Lord and show them they have options in life. I teach them to be independent but don‟t get to high up and think you will never need the Lord. That‟s an important and profound statement. God is there always. Lean on Him for all things. So far they are doing that. As P.K.‟s they‟ve really done a great job. They‟ve never been in any trouble, so I thank God for that.

Garvin: P.K.‟s? (Blank look on my face)

Tameka: Yes, preacher kids.

Garvin: That‟s a new one for me. Im gonna use that. (We both laugh)

Tameka: I am shocked that you have all this stuff on the table, yet you memorized all of your questions.

Garvin: I have talent too. This is what I do. Tell me about your album.

Tameka: I am excited about the album; it has a lot of different songs on it. There is a song on there that everyone can relate to.

Tameka: The first single that will be out will be called „Rescue‟, and it will be out in December 2010 or January 2011.

Garvin: Did you write the songs on the album?

Tameka: Yes. I wrote and produced the entire album.

Garvin: That‟s rare when an artist writes their own material. I am amazed at how well rounded you are.

Tameka: Thank you very much.

Garvin: Describe yourself with three words?

Tameka: I would say obedient, humble and loyal.

Garvin: Tell me the best compliment you have received thus far?

Tameka: The best compliment I received was that my voice sounds angelic. Nothing compares to an angel. I was totally humbled by that compliment.

Garvin: I bet you were. Wow. That was so profound. I am digging that.

Garvin: I think this will conclude the interview. Is there anything you want to say to the readers of Paideia Magazine?

Tameka: Well I would like to thank you for the opportunity to sit and talk with you. My focus is to always get God‟s word out to His people. To me it‟s not a job; it‟s a mission that I am on. I am grateful for this moment in time.

Garvin: Thank you Dr. Tameka Woods. I look forward to hearing your music this winter. I appreciate your time.

Garvin: That was one of the most positive interviews I ever had. I was deeply moved by the sound of her powerful voice as she talked. When the interview was over, we stayed for a few more moments to talk. Dr. Woods began to cry and I couldn‟t understand why, so I asked her was she all right. She conveyed to me that she was thinking about her late mother, grandmother, great aunt and her mother sister. She stated to me that they‟re all in heaven rooting for her to take the lessons she learned as a little girl and go forward and represent God.

Garvin: You can contact Dr. Woods @ tahjent@yahoo.com or twitter.com/drtamekawoods