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Angela Wood is Country Cool
by Jameson Gardner   
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Last edited: Friday, April 22, 2011
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011

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A Q&A interview with rising, country music singer Angela Wood.

 It’s rare that you can hear music playing at Border Grill in Santa Monica, CA but the restaurant is relatively quiet this afternoon. The kitchen fills the air with a delicate, mixed aroma of cilantro and lime. My concerns that I might not recognize my subject are quelled when Angela Wood hops out of a yellow cab looking as if she stepped right out of her new, music video “Something I Need.” She crosses 4th Street wearing cowboy boots with a adorable, denim skirt. Her look is stylish, gently groomed and undeniably country. Women are often most beautiful when they don’t know they’re being watched. But I have the feeling that Miss Wood, a successful commercial actress, looks good most of the time. I watch Angela enter the restaurant with a star like presence that she is either conditioned to or completely unaware of. She moves and heads turn. She grins at a waiter and he nods back like a dog being teased by bacon. Miss Wood possesses a commodity that would sell in any place but today she is serving the City of Angels. She greets me with a warm, child-like smile that says, “I have never met a stranger.”

 
Jameson:    
Fancy seeing you here Miss Nashville. What brings you to LA?
 
Angela:
I’m here to shoot a commercial for a sausage company.  
 
Jameson:    
Oh my…
 
Angela:
I have no idea why, but I’m always the girl who gets a damn hot dog put in my hand. Those ad guys can be pervs!  Haha. 
 
Jameson:    
You have made a nice living as a commercial actress. What are some of the brands that have used your image for endorsement?
 
Angela:      
I’ve done a lot of beer commercials (bud light, Michelob), scope, TGI Fridays, Burger King, Volkswagon, etc.  But beer and fast food are apparently my niches.  I’m cool with that.  I like both.
 
Jameson:    
The country scene is hot right now. Do you have any interest in working on a TV show like “Austin City Limits?” 
 
Angela:      
I’d totally play on that show.  It’s all legends, and legitimate artists that I respect.  Of course, the crown jewel for a country artist is The Grand Ole Opry.  So, both of those shows would be awesome to be a part of!
 
 
Jameson:      
I’m not much of a country fan but I have to admit that I love your new song, “Something I Need.” Did you write it? 
 
Angela:       
Thanks!  I did write it, with a couple of friends. You have to see the video… we did it for no money.  On a last minute whim I called up our friend to be my love interest.  He used to be the hot diet coke guy, now he’s the cialis guy. (She is referring to Robert Merrill) The latter must not be a problem, though, because he showed up to shoot, and said,” I gotta be home in an hour and a half… my wife is ovulating.”  Way to kill any romantic chemistry, Robert… haha!
 
Jameson:    
A little birdie told me that you grew up with the Simpson sisters. Ie: Jessica and Ashlee. Is that true ?
 
Angela:      
Oh yeah.  Our dad’s were ministers at the same church.  Jessica and I were bff’s and had slumber parties.  My sister and Ashlee took baths together.  I don’t keep in touch with them anymore, though. 
 
Jameson:    
Ah, Texas…is there a factory there that churns out beautiful women that can sing?
 
Angela:      
Apparently… I went to elementary with LeeAnn Rimes too.  Garland, TX REPRESENT (with a gangstah sign, and some stank face).
 
Jameson:    
Who produces your music? Is there an album in the works?
 
Angela:      
Well I’ve been through quite a few producers, and I’m excited to say for this new album, that I'm recording THIS WEEK, I’m going to be co-producing it with my best friend, Wayne Baird.  The new songs are a little over the top for some of the safer Nashville producers, so I decided to take matters into my own hands instead of having to deal with other people trying to change my songs. 
 
Jameson:    
I’ve heard that you do a very good impersonation of Michael McDonald.
 
Angela:      
(she begins singing exactly like M.M. It’s scary).

“I keep forgettin we’re not in love anymore.”  

I do full songs in his voice for karaoke.  And sometimes, I’ll have conversations wth fellow MMD lovers.  It’s pretty hilarious.  BTW, I’ve had the last two boys I’ve dated buy me his vinyl records with his big face on it… the same one.  Didn’t have the heart to let the second one know I already had it.  Anyway, I’m working on getting the hook up with him to do a duet… if that happens, I can die a happy woman.

 
 
Jameson:    
That was weird and strangely fascinating.  Do you have any gigs coming up that you want your fans to mark on our calendars?
 
Angela:      
Not as of now.  I’m just focusing on doing this recording, and Getting the music out there so people can FINALLY buy it.  We’re also gonna be doing a really fun video for one of the new songs “Sex in the Country” (It’s a spoof on Sex in the City).
 
 
 
Jameson:    
That sounds hilarious! You have a unique sense of fashion that I’ve never seen before. If someone were to describe it to me I would say, “yuck.” But you make country cool with your skirts and cowgirl boots. Where did this look come from?
 
Angela:      
Thanks, I think.  (she smiles and rolls her eyes).  I think I’ve always liked sundresses, and the boots came when I started vintage shopping.  Some of these boots are way too cool to hide under jeans, so I guess that’s where it came from.  I’ve been rocking that look for 10+ years.  Probably always will, even when I’m a granny. 
 
Jameson:    
I recently wrote an article about how long it takes an actor to build a name in entertainment. Fame seems instant to the outside world but the reality is that it takes years to brand an image. What inspires you to keep at it?
 
Angela:      
Oh man, it does!  Katy Perry had like three record deals before she ever got put out there to the world.  I guess the thing with us, is it’s the only thing we’ve ever wanted to do. The thought of anything else, is depressing to me.  More power to the people that can do 9-5 jobs.  I have mad respect. 
 
Jameson:    
What’s in your ipod right now?
 
Angela:      
Well, in current country music I’m listening to a lot of Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, and Billy Currington.  And I’m also cleaning my ears out with some of the not-so-safe women of country, Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain.  In pop, I’m listening to my girl Katy Perry, and Rihanna. 
 
 
Jameson:    
Angela…it has been a pleasure sharing mojitos and margueritas with you at Border Grill. We’ll have to do it again soon! In the meantime I am quite certain I’ll be seeing a lot more of you on YouTube and CMT.
 
Angela:      
Thanks James, you know I love me some Yaymes.  Here’s to some dangerous country!  (she raises her mojito)  Whoop, Whoop!
 
 

The reference to “Yaymes” is a nickname that my Latino friends in LA have given me. Angela Wood’s music is available on I-Tunes. To view Angela’s new video click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwhRCl5yjS4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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