How does someone with a finance background end up becoming a successful musician? Alex Woodard, a new resident in the Covenant community, did it by acting on his heart’s desire to connect deeply with others. Even as a young child, Alex realized that music allowed him to do this. He explained, “I’d been a pretty quiet kid, but I noticed that people would respond emotionally to what I wrote and sang.”

After graduating from UCLA with a Business Economics degree, Alex eventually landed a finance job at an internet software company in Seattle, which was the nation’s grunge music capital at the time. Continuing to write songs in his free time, Alex worked up the courage to perform them live at open mic nights. After playing shows at bigger and bigger venues, Alex quit his job to pursue music full time. By his early 30s Alex settled down in Leucadia, but now that he owns a horse named Annie (“She’s a big part of my world!” he raved), he decided to move to the Rancho Santa Fe property that houses her and his dog, Stella.

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