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craig mckenzie

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The best kept secret in music

Press


"Craig is an exceptional musician and was a pleasure to work with.."
- Malcolm Black- head of A+R Sony NZ(www.sonymusic.co.nz)


"Craig has considerable talent both as a performer and song writer and achieved excellent results while studying at the excel school of performing arts.Since that time we have contracted Craig to return to the school and teach vocals and midi/sequencing to our first year students" - Wayne Todd - Associate Pincipal,Excel School of performing arts (www.excel.ac.nz)


"Funky llittle hip hop angel sure sounds like a healthy mix of made for CHR-Radio funk and hip hop,with just a dash of Lenny Kravitz style guitar.You may detect a hint of familiarity - Craig was half of the Sony duo "Sumix" which had a pop hit a couple of years back." - www.medianstrip.com


Discography

Released the ep "real" in 1999 as front man for band partisan.
Released the single "jumphouse" as half of the pop duo sumix,through sony nz in 2001.Appearing on nz charts and tv.
Independantly released the single"funky little hip hop angel" appearing on radio and tv.

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

while still in the womb, Craig recieved some early music lessons as his pregnant mother played and sang at bible in schools.
Growing up as a pastor's kid,Craig was involved in music from an early age,taking classical piano lessons,singing in the chior,learning brass instruments and later self learning the guitar.
Early influences included a varied diet of LL cool J , Run DMC, Billy Joel , Lenny Kravitz,George Michael and Bonjovi.
In 1996 Craig graduated from the Excel school of performing arts majoring in vocals and songwriting.
Craig has been the front man for various bands and has played two parachute festivals as well as securing a weekly residency in an auckland bar.
Now as a solo artist craig has developed his own style of pop/rock programming and recording his material ,drawing from his early influences of hip hop making use of breakbeats and loops.
Recently craigs song "my all" recieved a top rating from comercial radio tests conducted through loggins promotions.
As he injects energy into his passion of music ,Craig will do what it takes to realise his dreams.