** Who is Craig Woolard? (CLICK TO LISTEN)
CONGRATULATIONS TO CRAIG for once again winning
MALE VOCALIST of the YEAR at the 2014 CBMA Awards at the Alabama Theatre! (14 time winner of CBMA MALE VOCALIST AWARD!)
(Craig was also the 2010,2011 , 2012, 2013 & 2014 Male Vocalist winner, and the band received a total of 8 nominations for 2012! WON 5!).
CRAIG WOOLARD -
Lead Vocals, Frontman, Entertainer, Emcee, Showman, Father, Husband, Christian, Friend… Instruments: Saxophone - Tenor, Bari, Alto, & Soprano; Flute, Piano
Recording Artist & Producer
*** NEWS FLASH!
NEW HIT with Craig & Taylor Manning – “DON’T RUSH”
(“DON’T RUSH” won 2013 CBMA National Shag Song of the Year!)
New Hit from Craig …. WOO!
# 1 Song – WOO! (12 WEEKS in a row!)
After twenty-seven years partnering with The Embers as one of North Carolina’s Official “Ambassadors of Beach Music”, Craig formed his own band, THE CRAIG WOOLARD BAND, in 2004. After much success and accolades, The Embers, in 2014, released they needed Craig back…. and history was made!
A new band was formed…..The Embers, featuring CRAIG WOOLARD!
Craig has won many accolades with his former band The Embers, as well as with THE CRAIG WOOLARD BAND, and is proud of his tenure with the group as Lead Singer & Frontman. A veteran of the music industry since he was 14 years old, Craig has performed for Presidents, governors, and ambassadors (Including governors of NC, as well as Elizabeth Dole’s and former President Clinton’s inaugurations); appeared on stage with famous groups as The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, plus backed up artists as Jeff Cook, Percy Sledge, Archie Bell, THE BLUES BROTHERS, Chuck Jackson, Donnie Ray, Ms. Jody, EDDIE FLOYD, GENE CHANDLER, Eddie Cornelius, Jerry Butler, and Alabama. He has played such events as the 100th Celebration of The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. His music has been heard from the Caribbean, to New York, to California, Chicago, Atlantic City and as far away as Hawaii and Europe, and is loved in Nassua and St Thomas for his annual appearance at Senor Frogs. For the past 10 years, he has co-hosted the acclaimed the Carolina Beach Music Awards (affectionately known as the “CAMMYS”) held each November at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach. And once again, Craig was the GRAND MARSHALL for the ever so popular SOS parade held each spring at Myrtle Beach, SC. He recently worked with Petty Enterprises producing a Beach Music CD to benefit Victory Junction, a camp for seriously ill children, as well as a TV show spotlighting Beach Music.
In 2011, in honor of his contributions to his industry, Craig was inducted into the CBMA Hall of Fame.
** Listen to Craig speak about his experience with The Embers. (CLICK TO LISTEN)
On May 7, 2005, the CWB performed right on the racetrack at the Darlington Dodge 500 in front of 120,000 NASCAR and Beach Music Fans! But there’s more – Craig was honored to be invited to sing the NATIONAL ANTHEM at the race, which was aired on FOX TV for Millions of people!
As further recognition for his accomplishments throughout his career, Craig has received the following awards:
- Entertainer of the Year – 2 wins
- Male Vocalist of the Year – 13 wins
- Group of the Year (2 wins)
- Song of the Year – 2 wins “LOVE DON’T COME NO STRONGER” and “I’VE GOTTA FEELING” (Cammys)
- Best Duo for “CRUISIN’” with Marsha Handcock *Cammy Awards)
- Producer of the year 2002 (Cammy Awards)
- Collaboration of the Year 2002 (Cammy Awards) – ‘THAT’S SUMMERTIME TO ME”
- Song of the Year 2002 and 2004 (Cammy Awards)
- Male Vocalist 2002 (Rhythm & Beach Awards)
- Song of the Year 2002 (Rhythm & Beach Awards)
- #1 Song in 2002 (Rhythm & Beach Awards)-“Love Don’t Come No Stronger”
- Other awards while with The Embers include: Most Charted Songs, Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year, Blues Song of the Year; the list goes on and on…
Furthermore, Craig is one of the most loved entertainers in Beach Music today. He will go out of his way to help his many fans…singing at a five year-old’s class birthday party, entertaining at a school function, performing for a Christian Businessman’s Luncheon. or at a Fundraiser for a person in need. You may see his daughter on stage with him at many shows, and his son (who appeared with him since he was in diapers) is performing with him and writing songs as often as he can!
** What satisfies Craig most as a performer? (CLICK TO LISTEN)
Craig is committed to giving his audience MORE than their money’s worth. When you attend a function with Craig as the featured performer, you WILL be caught up in the fun! More than just an artist, Craig relates to the crowd, and insists that they have as good a time as he has. Many people can sing, but Craig has a special gift that puts him light-years above the rest – he is a SHOWMAN, and THAT’S the difference!
Craig’s audience knows no age boundaries – he appeals to the young and the old and everyone in between. Small children at town festivals adore him…College kids at fraternities and beach music concerts scream for him …the more mature crowd comes away with the sweet memory of that special someone from a lifetime ago…
His #1 Beach Music mega-hit, “Love Don’t Come No Stronger (Than Yours or Mine) has become more than just another Beach hit. It is also the theme song for the VJG Camp and appears on the CD produced by Craig to raise money for the camp “TOTALLY BEACH FOR THE KIDS”. This great song transcends the genre, reaching people who are not even into the Beach Scene. It is the longest-charting Beach song ever (over 2 1/2 years and still on the charts as of this writing 1/04) and has been predicted to be the song of the decade in our market by many who know and understand the music! His second solo release “What In The World Am I Gonna Do Without You” has just become #1, and is destined for enduring success as well. Craig even has a great new song out with his long-time friend and renown Gospel Singer, Gerald Hinton called ”Meet Me In the Middle”, which is distributed nationally on the Malaco/Savoy label (July 2004). His most recent Gospel Hit ‘”I’M GONNA BE READY” – chills will run down your spine when you hear the soulful message from this song! Another single, released at Fall 2004 SOS “Til the Day After” made #1 the minute it hit the charts, (still there as of 5/2005!). The band’s first CD, MAKING WAVES, was voted #1 CD of the Year, while COME GET TO THIS bosts having the most charted songs at one time ever! On his most recent CD, MAIN STREET PEOPLE, Craig partnered with the legendary STEVE CROPPER, who plays guitar on his new HIT, “IMPOSSIBLE”, as well as Barbara Weathers, former Lead Singer with ATLANTIC STARR.
** Keep watching – great things are destined for this entertainer!
And more than just Beach Music - Craig strives to please as many different tastes as possible….he likes it all, and it shows! A crowd-pleaser for years, you cannot go wrong with a tried and true veteran like Craig, who keeps the music and the act fresh, while continuing with what has made him so well-known and loved. (Just ask anyone who has been fortunate enough to have seen him!)
Craig’s catalog of music is well diversified. Included, of course, are all the standard songs you would expect to hear from a legend in Beach Music, but with Craig you get so much more. If you were to hear him sing “Georgia on My Mind”, you would swear Ray Charles was in the house. His version of “Hot Legs” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” might even fool Rod Stewart. Tina Turner might even move over for his version of “Rolling on The River”, or “Let’s Stay Together”. Other artists that will remind you of Craig are Huey Lewis, James Brown, Bob Seger, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, TOWER OF POWER, Al Green, MICHAEL BUBLE, Sam Cook and David Ruffin of the Temptations. He IS the “Soul Man”, but he’s got his own unique style too! And if that weren’t enough, he plays a mean saxophone too!
AND HAVE YOU HEARD HIM SING JOURNEY….WOW!
Not content with performing only Beach Music, Craig recalls the seventies and eighties with all the great dance music from that era…..”Brick House”, “Play that Funky Music White Boy”, “Bad MammaJamma”, etc… You might hear songs by Bruno Mars, Chicago, Tower of Power, Def Leoppard, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Los Lonely Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Rod Stewart, Bob Seeger… Sets full of Dance music… whatever type of music it takes to please your crowd is what you’ll get from Craig Woolard …If the band doesn’t know a certain song, they will do their best to learn it! With Craig as your entertainment, you get more than just a band-you get personal attention. Craig WANTS you to enjoy yourself, and he will do just about anything it takes to see to it that you do have fun at his performances.
On a personal note, Craig was born and raised in Washington, NC. where he was voted class President at Washington High. Craig went on to attend Duke University. His dad, now deceased, was an attorney, and had high hopes of Craig following in his footsteps – that didn’t happen. Craig was destined to be an entertainer. His musical talents include saxophone – bari, tenor, & soprano; keyboards, and flute. He now resides in Cary, NC, and has 2 great kids – Craig Michael, a recent graduate of UNCW, who writes and sings with the band as well as on his own; and Carly, his precious little girl, who has taken her brother’s place on stage with theatre. They have a dog and 2 cats! He has been blessed!
IN 2014, CRAIG AND THE EMBERS, were honored to be inducted into the NC MUSIC HALL OF FAME!
And a new chapter begins!
Craig’s favorite line from a song –
“I HOPE YOU DANCE”:
“I hope you feel small when you stand by the ocean, Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance … I hope you dance!”
SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
“Stop telling God how big your storm is… Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!”