My Story

 “Living Waters is well constructed without a doubt, Craig certainly knows how to create good music in his genre.” 

-HighClouds “Music Junkies Holy Bible”, Belgium, 1/31/2018  

“Craig’s songwriting is very coherent, certainly hear his inspirations shining through.” 

-Crack in the Road (CITR) Pop Music Blog, United States, 1/31/2018

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and vocalist, Craig Donovan brandishes a unique sound long influenced by the atmospheres of Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, and James Taylor, as well as Japanese rock bands such as L'Arc-en-Ciel, Bump of Chicken and Asian Kung-Fu Generation.  The native New Yorker, who now resides in Washington, D.C. has taken the stage of venues throughout the United States, including performances in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and internationally in Kyushu, Japan. His warm Irish tenor, skillful lyrics, hook-like melodies and distinctive guitar playing have been a constant signature of his energetic performances and recorded solo and band material. In addition, to performing and recording, Craig studies piano and music composition at The Levine School of Music at Strathmore Music Center. 

Craig is releasing his debut EP, SKYSHINE. The deeply personal themes of the EP's five songs are as eclectic as Craig's personality. One of the singles, "Living Waters", a song of hope, is a commentary on nuclear war and chronicles the true story of a 14-year old Japanese boy diving into the Urakami River to escape the Nagasaki atomic bomb blast. The relatable "Shadow to Your Light" explores the unbreakable bond between two best friends and the importance of being there for another challenged by mental illness. Another single, the LGBTQ-themed "2025", delves into the issues of courage and human beings walking their own path despite the feelings of invisibility, misunderstanding, and prejudice often encountered on this journey. As evident by the themes on the EP, Craig sees music as a way to unite people from all walks of life. 

SKYSHINE was recorded at two locations: Mystery Ton Studios in Monrovia, Maryland and Shab Row Recording in Frederick, Maryland.  The tracks recorded at Mystery Ton Studios were mixed and mastered by long-time engineer Ken Eaton.  The songs recorded at Shab Row Recording were mixed by Doug Smith and mastered by Doug Benson of Commodore Recording Studio in Thurmont, Maryland.  The EP will be available for purchase digitally through popular services such as iTunes, Amazon, and Google Music.  Physical copies of the EP featuring original art from British artist Robert Clear will be available at Craig’s live shows.  SKYSHINE is set to release on April 1st.

Craig’s musical calling originates from his experience growing up in New York City and exposure to various cultures, communities, foreign languages, alternative thought and musical and artistic forms. Some of the many NYC venues where he has performed include Columbia University’s Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Sidewalk Cafe,  West Park Center, Singer’s Space at Symphony Space, The Path Cafe, Caffe Vivaldi, The Bitter End, Pete’s Candy Store, Cleopatra’s Needle and Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar. He also has performed at regional venues such as Coffee Nature, Gypsy Sally’s, Politics and Prose (Washington, DC), Teavolve Cafe and Lounge (Baltimore, MD), Brewer’s Alley (Frederick, MD), Frederick Coffee Company and Cafe (Frederick, MD) and 123 Pleasant Street (Morgantown, WV).  In addition, Craig has appeared at the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Porch Fest in Washington, DC and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) on Make Music Day DC, several house charity concerts for CHAW’s Paint Bucket Campaign for tuition assistance for youth in the arts and for the student art collective, The Bench at West Virginia University.  

In April 2017, Craig performed for the first time on the west coast of the United States in Los Angeles, CA.  Craig performed a featured  Songwriter's Showcase at the historic Hollywood landmark restaurant and music venue, Pig 'N Whistle located on Hollywood Boulevard as well as @131 in Topanga Canyon, CA and Tribal Cafe in historic Filipino Town at Echo Park. Craig also has performed internationally. In July 2017, Craig performed at the well-known izakaya and jazz/blues venue of Mutsukado in Fukuoka, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan and at the Choi-Waru Usagi Live House in Nakatsu-shi, Oita, Kyushu. Japan. In addition, Craig's music has received college radio play on West Virginia University college radio's WWVU U92FM. 

When he isn't working on music, Craig can be found navigating the legal world. He is federal attorney specializing in intellectual property and environmental law, and is a graduate of New York University, Columbia University, and The George Washington University Law School of Law.  He is also an advocate for the protection of biodiversity and has written several published articles on environmental law issues. 

A lover of foreign languages and cultures, Craig has lived in several countries, including France, People's Republic of China, and Japan.  He also possesses a strong French and Japanese background. When he is not composing and performing, Craig is an avid chess player, swimmer, ice skater, loves traveling and enjoys playing and going on adventures with his Bengal cat, Dazai. 

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If you would like more information about Craig's music, upcoming album release and performances in the DC Metro area, New York City or abroad, please contact him at www.facebook.com/craigdonovansongs, www.facebook.com/craig.donovan2  and/or sign up to his mailing list on this site.