The Craig Woolard Band

After twenty-seven years singing with The Embers as one of North Carolina’s Official “Ambassadors of Beach Music”, he is now on his own!

Craig has won many awards with The Embers, and is proud of his tenure with the group as lead singer. A veteran of the music industry since he was 14 years old, Craig has performed for Presidents, governors, and ambassadors (Including Elizabeth Dole’s and former President Clinton's inaugurations); appeared on stage with famous groups as The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Beach Boys, Percy Sledge, Archie Bell, and Alabama. He has played such events as the 100th Celebration of The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. His music has been heard from the Caribbean, to New York, to California, Chicago, Atlantic City and as far away as Hawaii and Europe. For the past 2 years, he has co-hosted the acclaimed the Carolina Beach Music Awards (affectionately known as the “CAMMYS”) held each November at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach. And once again, Craig was the GRAND MARSHALL for the ever so popular SOS parade held each spring at Myrtle Beach, SC. He is currently working with Petty Enterprises producing a Beach Music CD to benefit Victory Junction, a camp for seriously ill children, as well as a TV show spotlighting Beach Music.

On May 7, 2005, the CWB performed right on the racetrack at the Darlington Dodge 500 in front of 120,000 NASCAR and Beach Music Fans! But there’s more - Craig was honored to be invited to sing the NATIONAL ANTHEM at the race, which was aired on FOX TV for Millions of people!

As further recognition for his accomplishments throughout his career, Craig has received the following awards, with the most recent at the 2004 CBMA:

Entertainer of the Year
2004 Male Vocalist of the Year
Best Duo for “Cruisin’” with Marsha Handcock

Male Vocalist of the Year for many years, including 2002 (Cammy Awards)
Producer of the year (with Chris Biehler) 2002 (Cammy Awards)
Collaboration of the Year 2002 (Cammy Awards)
Song of the Year 2002 (Cammy Awards)
Male Vocalist 2002 (Rhythm & Beach Awards)
Song of the Year 2002 (Rhythm & Beach Awards)
One of 4 #1 Songs in 2002 (Rhythm & Beach Awards)-“Love Don’t Come No Stronger”

Other awards while with The Embers include: Most Charted Songs, Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year, Blues Song of the Year; the list goes on.

Not content with performing only Beach Music, Craig recalls the seventies and eighties with all the great dance music from that era…..”Brick House”, “Play that Funky Music White Boy”, “Bad MammaJamma”, etc… You might hear songs by Chicago, Tower of Power, Little Feat, Def Leoppard, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Los Lonely Boys, Jimmy Buffet …. A whole set of dance music… whatever type of music it takes to please your crowd is what you'll get from Craig Woolard …If the band doesn’t know a certain song, they will do their best to learn it! With Craig as your entertainment, you get more than just a band-you get personal attention. Craig WANTS you to enjoy yourself, and he will do just about anything it takes to see to it that you do have fun at his performances.

On a personal note, Craig was born and raised in Washington, NC. where he was voted class President at Washington High. Craig went on to attend Duke University. His dad, now deceased, was an attorney, and had high hopes of Craig following in his footsteps – that didn’t happen. Craig was destined to be an entertainer. He now resides in Cary and has 2 great kids – Craig, in college, and his precious little girl, who has taken her brother’s place on stage, in elementary school. They have a dog and 2 cats! He has been blessed!

In 2004, Craig and The Embers parted ways – and Craig went on to a new adventure. Thus.