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Calgary, Canada
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Portrait of Craig Moritz
Craig Moritz is a rarity these days. He is a country boy at heart, a what you see is what you get kind of a guy who happens to write and sing some pretty good country music. You might think his mother had an inkling of this since she had gave him the initials CM (country music!). Craig is a native of Medicine Hat Alberta, but also has spent the better part of his life in Ft. McMurray and now hails from the Edmonton area. Moritz is Alberta through and through. After growing up and working jobs from retail to oilfield, he knew he had yet to find his true path. Craig got hooked on the idea of becoming a country music artist after meeting Toby Keith and having a down to earth, "real" conversation about the music industry with him. Since then Craig has been inspired and motivated, working on a steady path towards his career as a country music artist and songwriter. The adventurous and unpredictable journey, some would say began with Craig being selected for a prestigious new artist showcase by the Canadian Country Music Association in 2004. Others would say its been seven years of hard work hitting the road performing shows, writing, recording, rehearsing, interviews, networking and whole lot of personal and financial sacrifice to get to where he is today and is now ready for the new beginning of taking his career to a completely different level. Following the CCMA showcase of 2004, Craig finished recording his first album in early 2005, "The Way I Feel" produced by noted west coast producer Tom McKillip (One More Girl, Aaron Pritchett) distributed by Royalty Records. After cutting his teeth and gaining invaluable experience owning the road on the honky tonk circuit from the hard scrabble town of Fort McMurray in Canada's tough and vast northern oil sands, to racking up the miles in every direction through western Canada and beyond, Craig has become a bona fide regional star. He has spent a lot of time reflecting on his life personal life experiences and also everything that has and is constantly happening around him in order to keep true to his own self and his music and where he wants to go with it. Whether its heartache, family, friends, good times, bad times, funny stories or awkward situations, he writes about it and that in turn seems to have struck a cool new exciting chord with his fans and industry professionals. Craig is a mainstay at major country events like the Calgary Stampede where his no nonsense, let's get down to business and have a good time vibe has earned him a legion of die hard fans. This reputation was cemented by his 2008 release of "Down and dirty", his second release on Royalty which featured the production talents of Dean Sams of country super group Lonestar, and Dean Miller, son of legendary country crooner Roger Miller. "Down and Dirty" features the writing talents of Craig and several top country writers including famed Nashville songsmith Byron Hill. "Down and Dirty" spawned several popular and well heard radio hits for Craig on the Canadian country charts and set the stage for his debut video release of "Blame you" in 2009 produced by Vancouver's Triton films. In addition to headlining is own tours and promoting his music, Craig has opened shows for and shared the stage with some of the greatest names in today's country including Sara Evans, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, David Lee Murphy and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In conjunction with a a successful year of touring in support of his "Down and Dirty" album, Craig has been taking time between Canada and Nashville to work on material for his third highly anticipated record. Several tunes have already been penned featuring a collaboration called "Only When You're Lonely" with Platinum selling writer Steve Fox (Daddy Won't Sell The Farm) recorded by Montgomery Gentry. "Only When You're Lonely" was recently showcased by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) at one of their prestigious P2P (publisher to publisher) luncheons and the initial buzz is that this may be Craig's breakout hit. With his clean sound, good looks and his honest brand of real country music, Craig is ready to step into the well worn boots of his influences that have blazed the trail before him such as George Strait, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dwight Toakam and Randy Travis to name a few. 2010 sees Craig Moritz well on his way to becoming a "heavy hitting" household name in the Country Music industry.
 
 
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