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
Producer of the year (with Chris Biehler) 2002 (Cammy
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.
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.
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!
2004, Craig and The Embers parted ways – and Craig went on to a
new adventure. Thus.
CRAIG WOOLARD BAND WAS BORN!