Born Case Woodard, R&B star ‘Case’ inherited his musical gifts from his father who was once a member of 70’s funk band, Cameo. The oldest sibling of 3, the New York native grew up in a strict househould and although music was the bond that tied him and his father together, it would also tear them apart. “I wanted to sing so badly. I was willing to leave everything behind” remembers Case.
Armed with the spirit of his greatest influence, Michael Jackson, Case’s love affair with music revealed itself through his writing and after stints with R&B group, “Future” and a duo called “Black”, Case got work co-writing and singing background for artist including Usher, Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure. It was a song written by Faith Evans which would be his professional career catalyst and lead to Russell Simmons signing him to Def Jam Records. “Everything change with this deal,” says Case, “I was in heaven, on cloud nine because of all the faith & hard work was finally paying off.”
Case’s solo career took off in 1996 with the release of “Touch Me, Tease Me” (with rapper Foxy Brown and R&B singer Mary J. Blige) from The Nutty Professor soundtrack, going gold and reaching #4 on the R&B charts and #63 on the Hot 100. His self-titled debut Case soon followed along with the minor R&B hit singles “More to Love” and “I Gotcha”. Case followed the success of his first album with the release of Personal Conversation in 1999./ The album featured the hits “Happily Ever After” (which reached #3 on the R&B Charts and #15 on the Hot 100) and “Faded Pictures,” (released April 20,1999) which featured R&B singer Joe and reached #3 on the R&B charts and #10 on the Hot 100. “Happily Ever After” featured Beyonce in the video as Case’s love interested. For more information and videos visit www.youtube.com/user/casesoulmusic
In 2001, as the first artist on the new Def Soul imprint, Case released his third album Open Letter and topped the charts with the Tim & Bob produced hit song “Missing You.” Open Letter, Case’s most well-known album went gold. “Missing You” is Case’s only #1 single to date as it topped the R&B charts and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year, Case also appeared on rapper Ja Rule’s hit “Livin It Up,” as well as releasing one more single from his album, “Not Your Friend.”
He has since worked through the challenges of a changing music industry and 5 years of not feeling like making music largely in part of two life changing events. The Summer of 2009, his Grandmother passed away in May and then Michael Jackson passed in June. “Michael Jackson was my idol and was the biggest influence for me musically and my grandma always forced the best out of us growing up and their passing took me back to the place and lit the fire under me again.”
With a new creative approached and the universe in alignment his latest project “Heaven’s Door” reveals his maturity, growth and renewed love affair with his craft. “If I knew then what I know now I wouldn’t have made my music so dark, but this time around I’m at peace. I got my son through high school and my daughters in line and “Heaven’s Door” is my gratitude that my life is finally in alignment.” With production from producer’s Flossy (Kandi Burress), Mike Snodi, Carvin Hagen, and TL Cross, “Heaven’s Door” promises to delve into a refined reflection of the authentic soul music Case fans are used to and sure to captivate the hearts of new fans. “Heaven’s Door” drops in 2014.