Born in Clyde, central Otago, New Zealand in 1972, Craig Smith grew up living in the scenic South Island tourist town of Queenstown with his mother and five siblings. Craig has worked at a variety of jobs, from cook to ski instructor.
As a child he remembers telling his mother, 'When I grow up, I'm going to become a musician.' Her answer? 'You can't do both!' She was right. Although he spends much of his time writing songs for an adult audience, Craig couldn't escape his childish side and was soon writing songs 'for the less mature'.
In late 2007 Craig released his first kids' album Not Just For Kids
. The first track from this album—'The Wonky Donkey'—won the APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year Award in 2008 and ended up making the top 25 songs in the children’s section of the ISC International Songwriting Contest—the world’s biggest song competition.
In 2009 The Wonky Donkey
was published as a book with hilarious illustrations by Craig’s friend Katz Cowley. This talented duo also released another book and song project—Willbee the Bumblebee
Craig now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and when he is not working on his children's music/books, he works as an itinerant musician, playing in restaurants and pubs, at market days and festivals, playing music for young and old.
- Guitar-playing, singing entertainer with great sense of humour!
- Winner, APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year 2008.
- Top 25 in children’s section of ISC International Songwriting Contest.
- Lived in Australia for 4 years and Vietnam for 6 years.
- Quotes Spike Milligan as his inspiration.