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Craig Lloyd is a multi-award winning Country Music Singer and Songwriter.
Craig is the "National Male Artist of the Year", awarded by the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Association (TICMA), and earlier this year Craig's Single 'Take The Wheel' was awarded the Country Ballad of the Year 2023, by the Tamworth Songwriters Association. Co-written with Golden Guitar winning artists Merelyn and David Carter (Carter & Carter), Craig was recognised at the presentation of this National award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
‘I’ve always loved singing, but I had an extremely demanding career, so before 2019 hadn’t considered pursing music. Then ‘the other side of me’ just had to come out…’
It’s safe to say that Craig Lloyd has led a colourful life. He began his adult career as a Police Officer, working the streets of London before advancing to Scotland Yard. Seeking new experiences, he relocated to Australia, worked for the police force, ambulance services, then the Melbourne Metro Fire Brigade. He met his now wife, had a family, towed a caravan exploring Australia, before settling in rural Victoria in a small country town called Alexandra. This is where he discovered his ‘other side’ and after a ‘Taste of Tamworth’ concert in the local town hall spoke with Lyn Bowtell who encouraged him to apply to the Academy of Country Music. He was accepted and headed off to start his newest adventure – country music.
‘It’s a wonderful new phase of my life. You won’t find many country singers in the British Police force, none the less at Scotland Yard’ laughs Craig, who now weaves some of his venturesome moments into his songs.
That he is influenced by his Country music heroes like Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and George Strait is obvious, not just in his style, but also in the way he approaches a song. Whether it is his own personal narrative, commentaries on others’ lives, or completely fictional, Craig is all about the story.
Reminiscing, Craig says that it wasn’t until very recently that he realised where his love of country music came from… secretly listening to ‘Whispering Bob Harris’ the king of country radio in England, in the dark, on an old tape player, under his pillow, hiding from his parents.
Craig has already supported and worked with Australian artists including Fanny Lumsden, Lachlan Bryan (The Wildes), Lyn Bowtell, Roger Corbett and Dobe Newton (The Bushwackers), Catherine Britt, Carter & Carter, Dom Italiano and Elisha Francesca.
With his debut album ‘The Other Side of Me’ due released at the 2023 Tamworth Country Music Festival, his current radio single “I Call Australia Home’ gives us a wonderful taste of what’s to come, with soulful vocals and great musicianship that takes us on an emotional journey.
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