Born and raised in Australia, Craig is a singing pianist now living in Los Angeles with a diverse international touring and live performance background with over 10 years of professional experience. He has a 400+ song knowledge ranging from jazz to Top 40 with extensive experience in recording, producing, writing, arranging and programming.
Craig can tailor his show to nearly any event, with the option of solo piano, piano and voice, or piano, voice and custom-made backing tracks. With extensive experience in dueling pianos, Craig is more than happy to take requests ahead of time, or on the day from event guests and can have your party singing and clapping along with high-energy entertainment!
Craig hails from the picturesque coastal town of Mackay, Queensland. At the age of five, his parents put him into piano lessons and so it was that Craig's passion for music was born. Throughout his childhood and early teens, Craig took up several other instruments and was involved in choirs, barbershop quartets, symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, amateur musical theater (his stage debut occurring at the age of nine playing Tom of Warwick in Camelot) and even rock cover-bands, a career move that led him to winning the best bass player award at the local battle-of-the-bands competition at age 16. (Interesting side note: the band's performance at the competition was its first and last due to the lead singer attempting to crowd-surf on a sea of people that ultimately parted, when he leapt from the stage.)
When it came time to venture off into tertiary studies, Craig began a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland in 1998 and whilst he could have put his mind to anything, his heart just wasn't into it. He switched to a degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in Music Technology and half way through, was offered a gig playing keyboards and programming synths and backing tracks for the Australian vocal ensemble, The Ten Tenors. Craig dropped out of music school, packed his bags and took off on a nine-year adventure that would see him travel to 25 countries around the world, record gold and platinum CDs and DVDs (Craig also wrote a song for the platinum album, Tenology), perform at (among others) the Sydney Opera House, London's Royal Albert Hall, The Pantages Theater in Hollywood, the Tchaikovsky Music Hall in Moscow, and ultimately meet his better half, Emily, whilst on tour in the USA in 2007.
Though it was far from an easy decision, Craig eventually decided to leave the grueling touring life of The Ten Tenors behind and, newly married, moved to Texas in 2009. The next few years were a bit of a blur when Craig stumbled across a gig playing piano and singing at Louie Louie's Dueling Piano Bar. Performing four nights a week in an all-request, high energy pop/rock show, he was able to refine his taste for country music and brown tequila (and Jack Daniels and Irish Car Bombs and Jägermeister and Jack Daniels).
During that time, Craig also furthered his music production career, contributing arrangments, orchestrations, programming, bass playing and mixing for artists in Australia and the US and collaborated on several projects with long-time friend and Producer, Steven Baker, in London.
Craig jumped at the opportunity to reunite with three former Ten Tenor members in 2012, doing a one-off performance at a fundraiser for returned US veterans. Without having even decided on an official name, the quartet began singing at various charity events and by the end of the year, ARIA was officially formed.
In 2013, Craig moved to Los Angeles to focus on ARIA, for which he is also the musical director and in 2014, the group released its debut album, Home. As well as with ARIA, Craig continues to perform solo shows and the occasional dueling piano gig in and around the west coast. He also maintains a busy schedule in music production, freelancing as an arranger and programmer from his home studio.