Craig Marsden is a One-Man-Band/vocalist extraordinaire utilizing both acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica on a harness, guitar synthesizer, bass pedals, and drum machine. In a most unorthodox fashion, Craig does NOT use any canned music, such as sequences, CD's, MP3s, etc. Instead Craig plays everything live (even running the drums in real time). This allows his performance to sound authentically like a real band, with all of it's spontaneity.
Craig never gets monotonous either based on an extensive repertoire covering a wide range of diversified styles. And his impeccable vocals and guitar talent keeps his audience enthralled, while simultaneously providing music which will make your party a success, from easy listening dinner music, to full-fledged dance music to excite any party.
Craig has decades of experience performing in both night club and private party scenarios. He led his own "casual band" in Los Angeles in the '80's performing at over 1000 functions, from weddings, to conventions, to Bar Mitzfas.
And for those purists out there, Craig can perform a whole evening without all of the bells and whistles, utilizing only acoustic guitar, vocals, and harmonica.
A Biography of Craig's more noted accomplishments:
Craig Marsden started singing at the early age of 4. By the time he was fifteen he found himself fronting his own rock and roll bands as both lead vocalist and lead guitarist. Shortly before graduating from high school, Craig had already backed up the likes of FREDDY CANNON and MARK FARNER (GRAND FUNK) in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
In 1970, Craig joined the power rock group, SONNY HUGG, which opened for such headliners as TED NUGENT, ALICE COOPER, and BOB SEGER. In the course of the next four years, Craig played and sang in many diversified situations, both performing and recording.
In 1975, Craig toured with Capitol recording group EDWARD BEAR shortly after their hit single, "LASTSONG", sold a million copies in the States. But by the summer of 1976, Craig had decided to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of a recording career.
Throughout 1977-78, he performed original material with his band at The Troubadour; The Improvisation Club (for the LA. Songwriters' showcase), the L.A. Convention Center; the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and others.
In mid-1979, Craig connected up with Bullets Production Company and recorded the theme song for the internationally syndicated cartoon show, "ANGEL. "
In 1980, Craig was a featured vocalist on two cuts of keyboardist Jakob Magnuson's second album, JACK MAGNET, for Warner Bros. This was a jazz fusion album which also featured the likes of FREDDY HUBBARD, STANLEY CLARKE, and BILL CHAMPLAIN of CHICAGO fame.
In 1982, Craig's talents were exposed at the annual MIDEM Festival in France which earned him a single's deal with a French label. The single, "OTHER GIRLS," was released shortly thereafter and made the charts in both France and Germany.
In 1983, Craig took first place in the Music City Song Festival's Vocal Competition for best R & B performance and was first runner up in the MOR division.
In 1984, Craig recorded an album at Excalibre Studios in Studio City for the newly formed ENCORE RECORDS.
Then, in 1990, for the second time, Craig entered the Music City Song Festival, a national competition out of Nashville, this time earning him top honors for "Best Male vocal Performance, " and first place in the MOR/ Adult Contemporary Division.
Since 1991, Craig has been writing and recording in his home studio near Flint, Michigan, while continuing to perform on a regular basis as a one-man-band. During that time, Craig has been the exclusive entertainer in some of the finest restaurants in and around the Flint area. He performed as the house musician at THE SPEAKEASY in Flushing from 1995 to 1998, the BEECH TREE in Flint from 1998 to 2000, and THE FENTON HOTEL from 2000 to 2003.
Into the new millenium and through 2008, Craig has also performed extensively at the following venues:
* MESQUITE CREEK in Clarkston
* 336 MAIN in Plymouth
* SPENCER'S FINE FOOD & SPIRITS in Saginaw
* THE CADILLAC CLUB in Lansing
* THE FENTON HOTEL in Fenton
* LEFTYS STEAK HOUSE in Owosso
* TEE-BONEZ ON THE WATER in Fenton
* THE PIER ON LOBDELL in Linden
* THE LINDEN HOTEL in Linden
* BEALE STREET in Fenton
* GARRETTS ON WATER STREET in Boyne City
* THE WHITE HORSE INN in Metamora
* COMSTOCK INN in Owosso
* CHIPS PLACE in Owosso
* ABRUZZOS PIANO GRILLE in Lapeer
* LENNY MILLERS in Dryden
* GATSBYS SALOON & EATERY in Bay City
* GRACIE'S COUNTRY HOUSE in Burt
* CASTAWAYS in Bay City
* THE COAST in Saginaw
* THE OXFORD TAP ROOM in Oxford
* THE SPEAKEASY in Flushing
* AND MANY MORE
Craig's extraordinary ability to sing and play everything from Standards to Rock with authenticity and expertise has earned him a well deserved following. And it is the audience and their enjoyment that is CRAIG MARSDEN'S number one priority, whether he is simply providing ambience, or performing a full fledged concert.