Born in Daytona Beach, Florida. Steven started playing sax at the age of 10. He started playing guitar and writing songs at 18 and moved to Nashville when he was 23, where he sat in on recording sessions with Richie McDonald from Lonestar. Steven...
Born in Daytona Beach, Florida. Steven started playing sax at the age of 10. He started playing guitar and writing songs at 18 and moved to Nashville when he was 23, where he sat in on recording sessions with Richie McDonald from Lonestar. Steven studied and was coached by Donna Anderson, country music legend John Anderson’s sister in the art and craft of song writing. He recorded and produced his first original country CD in 2001 which features Bruce Watkins from Alan Jackson. In 2002 Steven sang the National Anthem at The Daytona International Speedway. 2003 Steven went back to the studio to produce and record three more original songs. December 24, 2007 Steven performed at Alltel Stadium. In 2008 Steven returned to the studio in St. Augustine and wrote, recorded and produced his second full CD. Early 2009 Janell Marsh auditioned as backup singer for the Steven Craig Band. After hearing their vocals together, September 2009 Steven and Janell were excited to start a new project in the studio. October 2009, they became Town and Country. Currently they are preparing to release their first cd as a duet.
06/20/2002 - Writer Tuned to Tomoka Park - By Dina by Daytona Beach News Journal Ormond Beach - At 10,000 acres, the marshes and hammocks of the Tomoka Basin Geo Park surround the mouth of the Tomoka River and include sugar milly runis, early settlements and 300 species of...
12/01/2005 - Local artist donates latest proceeds by Clay Today Orange Park - One local resident recently returned from a journey to Nashville, and came home bearing CDs for his fans to enjoy. The whole CD is a collection of songs that came out of a 10 year...
06/20/2002 - Writer Tuned to Tomoka Park - By Dina by Daytona Beach News Journal
Ormond Beach - At 10,000 acres, the marshes and hammocks of the Tomoka Basin Geo Park surround the mouth of the Tomoka River and include sugar milly runis, early settlements and 300 species of plants and birds.
It's not just a place where you can rent canoes," said Charles Leffler, president of the park's citizens support organization. "It's 10,000 acres that beckons for your time."
But the park is woefully under-funded, Leffler said. For all its vast natural and historic resolurces, the park's budget is roughly $68 an acre - about $680,000 a year.
That's just not enough, Leffler said, to construct trails, restore the museum and display the park's many artifacts. The citizens group, created about a year ago, has struggled to get off the ground but hopes to raise money to helf the park start new projects.
Enter Steven Craig, an Ormond Beach native pursuing a country music recording and writing career in Nashville, with an idea.
As a boy, Craig swam and fished in the Tomoka River. The musician and his friends used inflatable rafts to go out and camp on its islands. His memories of the river and the images that impress him when he returns to visit prompted him to write a song several years ago called "Tomoka River Cries."
While visiting the park about a year ago, Craig and his manager Lindy Adams came up with the idea of recording the song as a single and selling it, with 10 percent of the sales benefitting the park's citizens support organization.
We started asking around and found out about the needs of the park," Craig said Wednesday.
Adams, an Ohio native, said she has been astounded at the park's beauty and at the manatees and bald eagles she has seen there.
Craig said he used to be in the ministry and wanted to continue to try to make a difference in the world. He said sales of this disc will allow him to help a lot of other people at the same time he's pursuing his own ambitions and goals.
Park Manager Benny Woodham said Craig's idea sounded great, and the project was born.
Craig and Adams are in town this week distributing copies of the CD to local record stores and Ormond Beach businesses. The disc, which also is availbable at the park store, includes haunting photos of the river.
The song begins with the natural music of crickets and frogs leading into Craig;s soulful mourning of development in the area.
Both Craig and Woodham said they's love to raise enough money to renovate the park's tiny museum, but Woodham estimated that would cost about $250,000.
Using the song proceeds and other donated funds, the citizens group hopes to bite off a project at a time, Leffler said.
we've worked with the Volusia Anthropological Society to open up the mounds at the Strickland site.
We'd like to add some trails," he said. The park has had requests from equestrians to add horse trails.
About 75,000 people a year visit the 1,600-acre main park. Some 55,000 visit Bulow Creek, whish is 5,119 acres, and another 40,000 visit the 151-acre Bulow Plantation. Combined, the admission fees and camping permits bring in about $226,778.
The park is about to launch a new five-year management plan and will have a public meeting tonight to get public input about the plan. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Senior Center, 351 Andrews St.
For information about contributing time or money to the park or the citizens organization, call (386) 676-4050.
Copies of the Steven Craig CD "Tomoka River Cries" are available at Off the Record on Nova Road in Ormond Beach and Atlantic Sounds on Internations Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach.
12/01/2005 - Local artist donates latest proceeds by Clay Today Orange Park - One local resident recently returned from a journey to Nashville, and came home bearing CDs for his fans to enjoy.
The whole CD is a collection of songs that came out of a 10 year relationship," said country music singer Steven Craig. "We're trying to break in the business."
After successfully completing his third trek to Nashville, Craig announced proceeds from his latest CD titled That Kind of Man, will go toward Habitat for Humanity to benefit victims of the recent hurricane season.
I just felt like they were doing an extremely great thing for people," said Craig, who says his inspiration comes from singers such as Alan Jackson that use their music to help people. "An artist can do great things to help a lot of people."
Craig, like many artists in his field, began his journey as a young boy following in his father's footsteps.
My dad always played guitar and I just kind of picked up where he left off," said Craig. "I was blessed."
The up and coming artist whose specialty is country with a little bit of rock and roll mixed in, will soon have his own website by the spring.
We're going to take everything to a whole new level," said Craig. "It makes you work that much harder to achieve your dreams."
Craig tells others searching to make it in the music business to research their dream and find out as much as they can about it before stepping out into the music world.
Someone told me a long time ago it takes prayer, patience, perseverance, passion and persistance," said Craig. "To succeed you have to work hard. A lot of times you have to work a day job and then you have to find it within yourself to continue to pursue that dream and you must have the drive to succeed."
Steven Craig's newest album can be found at local feed and seed stores such as Tractor Supply.
07/2002 - Songwriter Steven Craig's CD to benefit by City of Ormond Beach Aspiring Nashville recording artist Steven Craig returned home to Ormond Beach recently to help raise awareness and funds for the Tomoka State Park with a new CD single, "Tomoka River Cries."
The soulful country song was co-written several years ago with Donna Anderson, sister of country songwriter John Anderson. Craig knows the park well, after growing up in Tomoka Estates and spending his youth fishing and swimming in the Tomoka River.
Craig, who is hoping to land a recording contract soon, is donatind 10 percent of the proceeds from the CD to the park's citizen support organization. The CD is available at Off the Record in Ormond Beach, local businesses, Tomoka State Park and on Craig's website: stevencraigmusic.com.