Craig Hand

Craig Hand

BandCountryAcoustic

In 2006, Craig Hand hit the country music charts with his debut single "Direct Connect". This was a release on Category 5 Records which was home to other artists such as Travis Tritt and Sammy Kershaw. In 2008, Hand was featured on the Cover of Playgirl Magazine for the Country Coral Edition.

Biography

Craig Hand

Few things can bring life into clearer focus than a bad ride on a big bull. Just ask Craig Hand. The singer/songwriter had been dividing his time between his two loves—music and rodeo—when an accident prompted him to hang up his spurs and spend more time with his guitar. It’s a decision he’s never regretted and with the release of his sophomore album, he couldn’t be more excited about the path he chose.

Hand is being touted as one of country music’s most talented new artists, a compelling singer and a songwriter of enviable depth and maturity. He’s also earned a reputation as a charismatic performer on stage, while off stage he displays an easy going charm and penchant for not taking himself too seriously as evidenced by his recent appearance on the cover of Playgirl magazine.

Hand has a dedicated work ethic that he owes to his early days on the rodeo circuit. “I had a friend, Joe, who was team roper and I just started riding bulls. For about four or five years, that’s all we did,” he says. “Then I got hurt pretty bad and I never rode a much after that. I got a horn right in the mouth and had all my teeth knocked out. It wasn’t good.”

It seemed like an obvious choice to walk away from bull riding and concentrate fully on his other love. Music had always been a passion for the thrill-seeking Florida native and he began honing his skills early. “I started playing with bands when I was about 16-years-old, which was around the same time I started writing songs,” he says. “It took a while to get me up in front of people to sing because I was shy, but once I started opening up and started singing, I had a ball doing it.”

With a variety of influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Hank Williams Jr., Hand forged his own distinct musical personality and began garnering a legion of devoted fans around St. Augustine, Fla. He made the leap from popular regional artist to the national spotlight when he signed with Category 5 Records and released his acclaimed debut “A Long Way From Town.” Noted actor/director Rick Schroeder shot the video for Hand’s self-penned single “Direct Connect,” which has continued to impact the marketplace long after its run at country radio because Nextel licensed the song and is utilizing it in their marketing efforts.

Though Category 5 succumbed to the music industry’s competitive climate, Hand refused to let it dampen his enthusiasm for creating music, and began working on his sophomore effort with producer Charlie Craig. “I headed down here to my little hole in Florida and have been just hiding out and writing songs for months,” says Hand, who has also been trying on some of his new material on the locals. “Sometimes I’ll be thinking of a melody in between songs and I’ll start playing it, just to see people’s reaction. When you throw a new song in there, you don’t tell anybody what it is and you watch their reaction. You can get a good read out of people that way.”

The first single from Hand’s new project on Bling-a-Billy Records is “Satisfy You,” a hauntingly beautiful track about loving someone so much you’ll do anything to make them happy. Hand’s warm, sensual delivery brings the lyric vividly to life. “I wrote that for my wife,” he says with a smile. “It’s special to me because it was inspired by her.”

The new album also includes more light-hearted fare. “There’s one song called ‘Somewhere In Mexico.’ It’s about a guy who can’t afford to take a vacation to Mexico, so he goes to a bar and drinks his way there every night,” says Hand describing the escapist anthem. “Then there’s another one titled ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore.’ The guy leaves the girl in this one. The first time I played that song I think for a big crowd, I was opening for Montgomery Gentry and we got a great response.”

Hand admits the new project is somewhat of a departure from his debut. “It’s not as traditional as my first album,” he says. “We’ve combined traditional country music with some newer sounding kind of stuff and the sound is pretty unique. It’s more reflective of who I am as an artist.”

It’s his distinctive voice combined with his ability to write songs that resonate strongly with his audience that make Craig Hand one of the industry’s most promising talents. Whether opening a show for one of his heroes, headlining his own raucous Florida club dates or performing this fall on “Cruisin’ with Craig,” a Carnival Fascination Cruise that has already had Craig Hand devotees teeming with anticipation, he knows how to give an audience exactly what they want. It’s a musical love affair that looks sure to continue for years to come.

Lyrics

Satisfy You

Written By: Craig Hand

(Verse 1)
I would write you a song
Ohh I'de sing it in a tune
I would buy you a shuttle baby fly you to the moon
Then I would hammer you a house
Using nothing but these hands
Id'e build it so high in the air
that you'de hold heavin in your hands

Chorus
Because your everything I'm needin
Your every wish, is my desire
You pick me up, when I need liftin'
From the fury of hell's fire
You know I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true
Girl there ain't nothin, in this world I wouldn't do
Just to Satisfy You

Verse 2
There's been at least a million times
You've pulled that bottle from my hands
Because your will to see me doing better, I'm a better man
& Girl I hope and pray you know, that I owe it all to you
So as a way of saying thank you babe I'm hoping this will do

(Back to Chorus)

Discography

2006 Debut Single="Direct Connect", National Charting Single
Debut Album= " A Long Way From Town"
Label= Category Five

2008=Single "Satisfy You"

Set List

Craig's Set List is a fresh mix of Traditional Country Classics, his own Originals which have had national success, and current rock and country top 40 hits.