Craig Carothers was born and raised in the heart of Portland, Ore., by two music teacher parents. Late in his career he began entering song writing contests which he received top honor awards. In 1996 his song Little Hercules, was recorded by country singer Trisha Yearwood for her gold record award winning album Everybody Knows.
Carothers' songs were picked up by other recording artists as well; Lorrie Morgan, Kathy Matea, Peter, Paul and Mary. In 1985 Carothers performed the soundtrack Heroes for the animated movie The Adventures of Mark Twain. In 1995 he wrote and performed the soundtrack World News for the movie Red Line. During 2005 he wrote and performed several songs for the soundtrack for feature film The Californians; including the title song.
As he continues to write about life, love, and disappointment he has expanded his career into teaching and consulting other hopeful lyricists. Last year he was invited to teach a lyric class for the University of Miami. Distance isn't a problem as much of this is done through Skype.
He has not put his singing career on any back burner. Carothers continues to tour six months out of the year and also plays once a month at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. The Bluebird Cafe is internationally known for songwriters and is featured on ABC's television show titled Nashville.
Carothers' songs have a soft approach and sometimes an unexpected humorous twist. Songs such as She Needs Me renders listeners into a smile and a laugh. It is Carothers' bold style to say just what is on his mind that attracts fans especially those that couldn't say it any better. Songs such as I am Gonna Tell Her if You Won’t, Angels Never Fall in Love, Don’t Come Back and Give it Back, that demonstrate his ability to evoke powerful emotion. All of these songs are available on ITunes.
When asking Carothers about his favorite places to play music he mentions his top five are San Francisco, Portland, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Paris. His top five venues are The Freight and Salvage (Berkeley, Calif.), The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, Tenn.), Eddie's Attic (Atlanta, Ga.), The Barns at Wolftrap (Washington D.C. area), and the Oregon Zoo Concert series (Portland, OR.). Carothers bookings are found on his website.
You can follow Craig Carothers by visiting his website at www.craigcarothers.com