Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopAmericana

Think a male Sheryl Crow meets John Mayer, and Keith Urban. "Craig Wilson's songwriting and singing has the making of mainstay artists like Richard Marx and Melissa Etheridge." -Susan Francis-Northeast Intune Magazine Craig's single "STAY" just got top honors in Billboard's Songwriting contest.

Biography

"Living life the way you dreamed it could be." This is at the heart and soul of Craig Wilson's music. Craig's musical journey began almost at birth in a small town outside of Detroit. Craig recalls his weekends as…"following my parents around to art shows, and while they sold their art I would sit behind the tent and write songs." These songs were soon put to the test thanks to his older brother who got him a weekly gig at a Detroit bar. "I remember my first time playing live in front of a real bar crowd. I got boo'd! They were used to listening to Springsteen and Bob Seger coming through the jukebox, not some teenage kid with a guitar. The bartender handed me fifty bucks after my set and said "it's okay if you don't want to come back." But with a stubborn streak that Craig carries to this day, he did go back. The next week Craig went back to that Detroit bar and found the passion and energy that was missing...and so did everyone else at the bar that night. With a rafter shaking version of James Taylor's Steamroller Craig brought the house down at the end of his set. He had found his voice, and he made sure everyone within a twelve block radius knew it. From that evening on Craig played to a packed house every week and started getting requests to play his own material.

From those humble beginnings in Detroit, Craig's prowess as a master songwriter has expanded into music production and collaboration with a plethora of artists and writers from the U. S. and abroad. Craig has toured nationally playing some of the country's best venues like the legendary CBGB's, and Irving Plaza in New York City, The Viper Room and The Gig in Los Angeles, and a sold out show for 2000 people at MGM's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida. He has appeared alongside Cyndi Lauper, Tyler Hilton, and Howie Day. Craig’s first e.p. garnered him radio airplay on Indie radio 104 in Los Angeles, TV placement (NY360) and rave reviews.

"Solo artist Craig Wilson has one of those timeless voices that is good for any decade, and compliments any pop assortment from acoustic to rock. Craig Wilson's songwriting and singing has the making of mainstay artists like Richard Marx and Melissa Etheridge." - Susan Francis- Northeast InTune Magazine.

Currently Craig is working on his first full length album in New York City and Nashville,Tennessee. The first single released entitled "Stay" has already garnered Craig top honors from the International Billboard Songwriting Contest in the pop category. Craig has the best in the business coming together to make this album. Robert L. Smith, veteran producer/engineer and head of Defy Records has worked with Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, songwriter Jo Davidson co-producing and playing keys, Winston Roye on bass (Lauren Hill, Jewel, Patti Smyth), David Patterson on guitar (Shawn Mullins, Indigo Girls), Peter Calo on banjo, mandolin and dobro (Carly Simon), Lisa Cochrane on background vocals (Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill) and drummer Steve Hass (John Scofield, Billy Joel). With songs like “I’m Alive” and “OurTime” the album epitomizes Craig’s sound and mantra of living life the way you dreamed it could be.

Lyrics

I Can't Wait

Written By: Craig Wilson

If I brush bye you would you say hello?
Or did you catch my eye only to let it go?
I know lately were like fire and ice.
I'm still hot for you, but you stare at me with cold, cold eyes.

I just wanna know who you are
Don't break my heart,
Not when we've come so far.

CHORUS...

Cause I can't wait to get to the heart of everything,
Watch that string unravelling,
The one that ties you up.

No, I can't wait, come the light your a little to late.
Won't you please eleviate this doubt I have inside.
Why you gotta hide?

I can't stand this not understanding.
So I think I'll sit down next to you.
Won't you tell me what's been going on?
Instead of crawling in the deepest hole your fears fit through.

CHORUS

BRIDGE...

I don't want tears, I don't want to fight with you.
But lately I don't know what else to do,
Except take you out and pretend like nothings wrong.
But meanwhile I get home and I write these songs.

CHORUS

Home To Me

Written By: Craig Wilson

I wanna smash the walls to get back to you.
I wanna break the window to see your point of view.
I wanna throw the pictures to the ground.
Cause I've lived here without you and I don't like this new place I've found.

These days I'm waking up
But sometimes that's not enough.

I can't find an easy way, nothing feels like home today.
This house is just a place to stay.
All these pictures don't mean much,
if I can't wake up to your touch.
Baby believe, your home to me.

Did I really agree to let you go,
And make a life that's all your own?
I didn't count on the empty rooms.
I could stand the echoes off the walls if the voice wasn't yours.

And I don't want the night to fall.
There's to much that I recall
Thought I could deal with just your memory, but now I know where your supposed to be.

Martian Song

Written By: Craig Wilson

I met a martian in my room just yesterday.
He said he was lonely cause his girl up and moved seven planet away.
He said I got all these people believing in me,
But sometimes I think it's harder
Cause they're not living in reality.

I swam with Loch Ness down off pier 72
It was a little out of her way, but what are you supposed to do
When everybody talks about you,
No one's ever really found you well anyway
I guess you wouldn't know about that
You've got so many friends
I said yeah, but my water's still grey.

CHORUS- And I think I can relate
I know it's kind of strange...
It's a big, big, world that were living in
I got one foot out and one foot in
Sometimes I like to lie awake and dream.
It's a big big world that were living in
So believe you, me I understand my friend
Sometimes I just say thank you, thank you please call again.

I broke the bank with a bigfoot playing cards sometime last week
We played our hands, talked like old friends but his poker face was kind of weak.
He said I find it hard to hide from a friend I've let inside
So we stopped our little games and just sat under the stars all night.

CHORUS

Well it was so inconcievable
That a creature like you would fall for me
But I put a little faith in the unbelievable
It's the only way I know how to be!

CHORUS

Angel

Written By: Craig Wilson

You ask me why the long look on my face
Well today's just got me down.
Running through the city from place to place.
Seems like everyone's got there head in the clouds.

Today i got my feet planted firmly in the ground.
But I don't wanna be, so damned earth bound.

CHORUS- Angel your wings, can carry the things
Holding me down.
And angel I try but you seem to fly
Oh my Angel, won't you raise me up tonight.

You know me I'm usually so inspired.
But now I'm asking for your help.
This is why, I love you, I respect you above everybody else.

CHORUS

And I promise I will be here till the bitter end.
When the time comes, I will hold you to.
I'm not even half the soul you are.
And tonight I know, I need all of you.

CHORUS

Hopelessly Helplessly

Written By: Craig Wilson

I need a better excuse
You need to stand in my shoes
Cause I'm hopelessly, helplessly lost
In my love for you.

Should I leave, I've felt this before
If I go would you need me more
Cause I'm hopelessly, helplessly lost
In my love for you.

And I guess I've reached my selfish stage
I'm sorry but I'm breaking through
It's now or never taste forever
On lips,
That are hopelessly, helplessly lost
In their love for you

Breathing is easy to do
When your near my lungs fill with you
Cause I'm hopelessly, helplessly lost
In my love for you.

And I guess I've reached my selfish stage
I'm sorry but I'm breaking through
It's now or never taste forever on lips
That are hopelessly, helplessly lost
In their love for you.

I need a better excuse
You need to stand in my shoes.

Stay

Written By: Craig Wilson

I've searched and wandered all my life
To try and fill this void inside
With something strong and true
That holds these eyes of blue
Maybe it's just me
But honey I think it's you!

I've thought it over and over and over again
I can't find a reason why, we should have to end it at friends.
So stay, stay, please stay.

I've been a poet, been a lover, and been alone.
I don't regret it cause it's shown me,
Something strong and true
That holds these eyes of blue
Maybe it's just me
But I think it's you.

Chorus

You know your strong and true
And you hold these eyes of blue
Maybe it's just me
But honey I think it's you!

Chorus.

Hello Old Friend

Written By: Craig Wilson

Hello old friend, I been wondering where you were
Did you need a little time, or were you just lost in the hurt?
Well it don’t matter now, cause you’re tugging at my heart
I’ll play these strings, if you’ll do your part.

CHORUS...
Cause we’re sure in a mess, and she might be gone for good
It’s just you and me tonight, and this old beat up box of wood.
Now it’s up to you, I’ll do whatever you say
Give me the words.
Please don’t let her walk away.

It’s been a long road, do you remember when we began
We didn’t care what we’d say, as long as it made them dance.
But tonight fill up the page, with every tear every rage
C’mon use it all, Please don’t let her walk away.

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

You and I

Written By: Craig Wilson

You and I
Craig Wilson copyright 2008

I’ve never been scared of what will be,
Except, maybe when it comes to you and me.
If I take your hand, I won’t look back
But I don’t want to wreck you if I crash.

It’s been a long time since I felt whole
I’ve learned to live broken but your grabbing hold.
Put me together, well please don’t try
Just take me piece by piece and be satisfied.

CHORUS…
I’m an unwritten ending
A half starry sky
I’m a field in winter
Waiting for the sun to shine
We can’t see tomorrow
But we’re both here tonight
An unfinished story
That ends with you and I.

You put your heart to my heart
It feels like God’s greatest work of art.
If my life was sketched an empty page
When I met you all the colors changed...

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

I Don't Wanna Miss It

Written By: Craig Wilson

This life isn't all I know it could be.
I took a wrong turn the moment I gave up my fantasy

I should have danced with you under stars
I should have told you all, even if it broke this heart.

Now I hear your voice, in an otherwise empty room
I have no choice...
If this is what love can be
How'd I miss it?

A bus passes by, you catch my eye.
Just reflections playing tricks on my mind.
But you're everywhere, your scent's in the air
I'm reminded everyday

I should have danced with you under stars
I should have told you all, even if it broke this heart

Now I hear your voice, in an otherwise empty room.
I have no choice,...
If this is what love can be,
Tell me how'd I miss it?

Fate can twist and turn
Let others crash and burn
This is all that matters right here and right now.
Let me touch your skin
I don't need another friend
I won't mess this up again...

I hear your voice in an otherwise empty room
I have no choice

If this is what life can be
I don't wanna miss it.

Think of what our life will be,
baby let's not miss it.

No I don't wanna miss it...

Thinking Small

Written By: Craig Wilson

I love a sunset in the endless western sky.
I love how seasons change so you never really say goodbye.
I love the ocean as bottomless as it seems.
I love the way you think of bigger and bigger dreams.

But just for tonight, I hope it's alright...

I'm thinking small like your hand in mine,
Small, like a fire that's dying
Small, just you and I
I'm thinking small like a house of our own
Small, someplace only we know...
Small.

I know the world's hurting and I wanna do my part.
But tonight I'm certain God would think this was a pretty good start
Cause no one can help anyone
If even they don't have someone
So let's help each other get ready for the big big world by thinking...

Small, like your hand in mine
Small, like a fire that's dying
Small, just you and I
I'm thinking small, like a house of our own
Small, someplace only we know
Small, oh tonight...

I don't money or fame or anything grand
I just need you tonight to understand...

I'm thinking small, like a hand in mine
Small, like a beautiful child
Small, yours and mine.
I'm thinking small, we'll make this house our home
Small, someplace we can grow old
Small, oh tonight...
I'm thinking small.

Goodnight Neverland

Written By: Craig Wilson and Kailin Garrity

Heard it on an a.m. station
5:15 today.
What's the use in creating
If we're gonna kill it anyway?

So goodbye Graceland
We all miss you now
Goodnight Neverland
Instead of growing up,
We brought you down.

We look up to stars
Bow down to kings
Treat them like angels
Then burn there paper wings

So goodbye Graceland
We all miss you now
Goodnight Neverland
Instead of growing up
We brought you down.

We knew you like a song
Who's to say right or wrong?
Your just gone.

So goodbye Graceland
We all miss you now
Goodnight Neverland
Instead of growing up
We brought you down.

So study from a t.v. screen
And swear we know the truth
But will we ever learn
They never did belong to me or you.

Discography

Self Titled E.P. Thousands of copies sold through itunes and at various venues throughout the country.

Finishing my full length album now.

Set List

A typical set list is 30-45 min.

1. My Kind Of Lover/ I Got a Woman (Ray Charles)

2. Stay (Top honors in Billboard's 2008 songwriting contest, pop category)

3. Sacrifice

4. Juliet

5. Hopelessly Helplessly

6. I Don't Wanna Miss It

7. Time After Time

8. Don't Wanna Be Alone

9. Come To My Window (Melissa Etheridge)

10. I Can't Wait/ Feeling Alright (Joe Cocker)

Covers-
I Got A Woman-Ray Charles
Feeling Alright- Joe Cocker
Journey- Faithfully,
Melissa Etheridge- Bring Me Some Water,
Joni Mitchell- A Case Of You
Bruce Springsteen- Thunder Road
Amos Lee- Arms of a Woman
Cyndi Lauper- Time after Time
Melissa Etheridge- Come To My Window