Stevie Woods (born Joseph Stephen Woods Jr. on July 2, 1951 in Chatham, Virginia) was a male R&B\pop singer who managed to score two Top 40 hits during the ’80s. He was the son of jazz tenor and alto saxophonist Rusty Bryant and also the cousin of actor Phillip Michael Thomas (known for his role on the ’80s tv show “Miami Vice”).
Stevie was a former Marine and a graduate of Austin Community College. In the ’70s and ’80s, he was married to Hollywood actress\entrepreneur Cheri (Lewis) Woods.
His first single “Steal the Night” became his only hit song to date, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #36 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The follow-up single “Fly Away” peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #23 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
The last single from the album “Just Can’t Win ‘Em” became another Top 40 hit for Stevie, peaking at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #57 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. In 1982, Stevie released his sophomore album “The Woman in My Life” which didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart. The title song missed the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #42 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1983, Stevie released his last album to date, “Attitude” which flopped. The only single to chart was “Ain’t That Peculiar” which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1985, Stevie and Cheri welcomed a daughter named Tiana Woods (who is now a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and the leader for a band called Varna).
After Stevie’s U.S. fame ended, he moved to Germany where he successfully relaunched his career with projects like the single “Rock Me Baby” and having a starring role in the musical “Starlight Express.” In 2010, Stevie’s three albums from the ’80s were reissued on CD by Wounded Bird Records. In 2011, he released his last album “Quiet Storm” which is available on CD Baby.
Sadly on January 28, 2014, Stevie passed away from diabetes-related complications in Berlin, Germany.
To see a fan-made video for “Steal the Night,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Fly Away,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Woman in My Life,” go to:
[updated on 03-09-14]