Since hitting the country music scene in 2002, Alberta’s own Craig Moritz, has been wowing crowds with his from-the-heart performances that are packed with vivacious vocals and rockin’ beats. Born in Medicine Hat, Craig grew up listening to country...
Since hitting the country music scene in 2002, Alberta’s own Craig Moritz, has been wowing crowds with his from-the-heart performances that are packed with vivacious vocals and rockin’ beats. Born in Medicine Hat, Craig grew up listening to country music, and could often be heard singing along to Don Williams, Randy Travis, George Strait, Mac Davis and Tanya Tucker. Even at an early age, Craig knew he was destined to be a country singer. After moving to Fort McMurray at 12-years-old, Craig explored his passion for music through the school band playing saxophone, but as he says, “I figured if I couldn't wear a cowboy hat, strum a guitar and sing a few country tunes, it just wasn't for me."
For a few years, Craig tried his hat at a variety of jobs, including being a realtor, car salesman, bartender, labourer and grocery manager, but his heart was always drawn to country music. He realized the only hat he really wanted to wear was the cowboy kind.
After a chance meeting with Toby Keith at a concert in Regina, Craig was encouraged by his mentor to pursue his dreams. Knowing he wouldn’t feel fulfilled if he couldn’t perform his own songs for country music lovers, Craig formed a band, picked up his guitar, put on his trademark black cowboy hat, and pursued a full-time career as a solo artist.
His first big break came with an invitation to perform at the prestigious new artist showcase during the 2004 Canadian Country Music Awards music week. For the past few years, Craig has landed front and centre onstage; opening shows for various artists, including: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jason McCoy/the Road Hammers, Aaron Lines, Charlie Major, George Canyon and David Lee Murphy. Craig has become a touring mainstay on the Fort McMurray/Edmonton/Calgary club circuit and has cultivated a legion of fans.
Since the official release of his 2005 debut album, “The Way I Feel,” which was produced by Tom McKillip, Craig has been touring vigorously to bring his hit tunes to the masses. Response to the first album was overwhelmingly positive, and left fans wanting more from the kickin’ country crooner.
After spending some time with chart-topping music super group, Lonestar, Craig flew down to Nashville in mid-2007 to work on several new tracks with keyboardist and noted music producer, Dean Sams. This led Craig to engage both Sams and another Dean - Dean Miller, son of country music legend Roger Miller and a successful songwriter and producer in his own right - to produce tracks for his next album called "Down and Dirty," which will be released on Royalty Records in July 2008.
The sensational first single to the new album, “Good at Lovin’ You,” generated significant buzz with fans during its unofficial, advance release, and the track was featured on Prime Time Country’s 8 Second Ride leading up to its official release in mid-January of 2008. His next single "Hey Y'all" has been his most successful new release to date, and was picked up by country music radio stations across Canada on its first day of release. Craig is focused, fired up and dedicated to giving listeners a killer album they can sing and dance along to.
Packed with powerhouse party anthems layered with honest and heartfelt ballads, the highly anticipated new album gives listeners a relatable view of who Craig Moritz is, and is now available on iTunes or through www.royaltyrecords.ca