As his recent nominations can attest, 16-year-old Carrollton High School sophomore Cedrick Woods has been making waves in the West Georgia region and beyond with his message.
Woods spent the entirety of his summer vacation touring behind the album at Georgia churches, but his success he says comes not from his record sales or nominations, but from his fans.
“I do it because I love it, because it’s my gift, my calling,” Woods said. “I do it not just to entertain but to change people’s lives.”
Woods has already proven himself to be more than able to touch the lives of others. While many high school students spend their summers on beaches, Woods devoted time to Hosea Feed the Hungry. Where many teenagers would request the newest gadgets and best brands for Christmas, Woods sponsored two local families during the holiday season.
“I felt more happy seeing them receive gifts,” he said. “For that one year, I was able to bring a family joy, and for me it was better to give.”
The young artist has already distributed 500 copies of “New Beginning,” and has a new album in the works, which he says is drawn from his life experiences.
As a result of his first album’s success, Woods was informed earlier this year that he has been nominated for Best Young Artist of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Artist of the Year, and Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and he will perform at the Georgia World Congress Center during the awards ceremony in August.
“It’s so amazing to see him growing up,” said his mother, Tamekia Davis. “To see the outcome of him being a very productive person in his community and in school.”
As the venues and audiences continue to grow, Woods said he will remain true to his original cause.
“I just want to win souls for Christ,” he said. “The awards are nice, but I’m doing it for a greater purpose.”
He added that while he has seen some success, it wouldn’t have been possible without his parents, siblings and his extended family, and all those that have seen his shows and supported him in the community.
“I want to thank all of Carrollton. I love them all and appreciate their support from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “Without the support of my people and God, my vision would perish.”
To keep up with Yung Swagga’s performances and new album, visit his facebook page: www.facebook.com/yungswaggabicf; or his website: www.believersinchristforever.org. To vote for Yung Swagga for the Crunk for Christ Radio Awards, visit www.crunkforchristradio.com/c4c-awards.html.