Nashville Hit Songwriters Series
A new side of Craig Monday is exposed with the way he rocks out on his new Adroit EP. Known for his tender, and some humurous acoustic songs, this EP is rich with texture and is very dynamic. His tender side is also well represented on this fantastic disc. Craig, with his pure country voice and youthful charm, from Luttrell, TN, may have taken the long way to reach this point in his career, but feels he is exactly where he's meant to be. Monday, who first picked up a guitar in the sixth grade says, "I remember being blown away by Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi and thinking man that really looks cool." At age 16, after listening to his share of rock music, he was inspired to become a songwriter. "I was writing songs based on things that are happening in my life, writing with the intentions of composing a great rock song, but everything comes out always sounding country," admits Monday. Making the move to Music City in '96, Monday has been featured at ASCAP's Country Music Awards and performed his apropos tune, "This Song Ain't Free," before Congress. Craig's song, 'Heaven is a Small Town,' was the inspiration for the creation of Adroit Records. When label president and producer Jim Tract heard Craig perform the song at the Bluebird in Nashville, the audience gasped, and then applauded the first time Craig sang the chorus. 'I was stunned,' said Tract, 'It was very, very special. I became obsessed with making sure people got to hear this song, and one thing just led to another.' Craig adds, "Just seeing someone like your songs, follow you to shows and keep showing up at your performances is amazing, There's nothing more exciting than knowing someone likes what you do. Craig is cultivating an extensive hit catalog including Kenny Chesney's, "Got a Little Crazy," Diamond Rio's "The Power of a Song," Mark Wills' "My Second 16," Jamie Johnson's "Lead Me Home," as well as tracks on the Roy Lewis, Earl Scruggs and Lizzy Long collaborative project.