film composer, pianist, singer-songwriter
A native of North Carolina,
Craig received his musical training as a classical pianist at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. After graduating from Juilliard, Craig turned his attention to singing and songwriting, producing, and film composing. His first score, When It’s Over, written and directed by Rich Mancuso, received critical acclaim in the LA Weekly after the film’s premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Craig is a Sundance Fellow, having been invited to participate in the 2006 Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab. Craig was invited back to the lab as an advisor in summers 2016 and 2017 at Skywalker Sound. Craig has been a frequent panelist at the Sundance Film Festival BMI Film Music Roundtable and has also appeared in BMI Film Music Panels at South by Southwest. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, South by Southwest, Outfest, and Tribeca Film Festivals, among others. The Gymnast won over 26 festival awards including either (and sometimes both!) the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize at Outfest, Newfest and Frameline. A Marine Story followed in its foosteps with a nearly identical record of festival awards, most impressively winning the Grand Jury, Audience, and best actress awards at Outfest 2010.
As a songwriter, Craig has three songs featured in Jeremy Leven’s Girl On A Bicycle, and has had songs appear in You Can Choose Your Family, Lovely and Amazing, Friends With Money, The King of Kong, Greenlit, and Answers To Nothing. He and his band present an annual Christmas show, featuring Craig’s original Christmas songs, to benefit children affected by HIV (see Christmas Music tab above). ‘Mother & Child, Songs of Christmas’ and 'The Shortest Day of the Year' are available on iTunes as are several of his soundtracks.
You Can Choose Your Family
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie
The Pathological Optimist
Good After Bad
No Pay, Nudity
Worst Case Scenario, Inc.
The World According To Dick Cheney
Girl On A Bicycle
Answers To Nothing
A Marine Story
The September Issue
Gardens Of The Night
The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Blue State (additional music)
Friends With Money
Lovely & Amazing
When It’s Over
News & Updates
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie - now streaming on hulu
Directed by Andrea Nevins and Edited by Azin Samari
You can choose your family
Set to screen at LA Film Festival in September 2018 and MAPA Valley Film Festival in November 2018
Craig Richey & Friends Winter Holidays Concert to benefit Project Angel Food's Annual Toy Drive
Sunday Dec 16th 2018
The Hotel Cafe
1623 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
$15 at door plus UNWRAPPED GIFT for a child 0-18 yrs.
21+ only sorry (bar rules)
Craig presents and evening of original songs full of spirit, humor, irreverence, and mysticism, celebrating the birth of all children, the return of light, and sharing in the universality and deep antiquity of the winter holidays.