Some people were meant to write songs
Troubadour for Tomorrow
Contact: Craig N. Byrd at (505) 946-7701
Craig Norris Byrd was born and raised in the Gila forest region of southwestern New Mexico. He attended Cobre High in Bayard, and after a tour in the Army, went to WNMU for a few years. During that time he played music locally and co-founded Rocky Mountain Recording with Bob Mathis in Silver City.
He soon moved to the Phoenix area and attended ASU, where he studied theatre and fencing and worked for area promoters on mainstage productions for a year. From there he went to Flagstaff for three years, where he studied music, technical theater and arts management at NAU. An internship for his degree program took him to Jacob’s Pillow Dances Festival in the Berkshire Hills of Massachussetts, where he refined his skills in technical stage production.
New York City was next, where he lived for 12 years while he did production work for entertainment acts, with the ultimate purpose of producing his own material. He did continuing studies in music, acting and dance while he made his living doing production management. He continued to write songs, poetry and stageplays and achieved a national title as an amateur ballroom dancer.
Pursuing the almighty dollar, he started doing work for industrial entertainment companies. He worked such gigs as on Times Square ball-dropping ceremony, lasers from the World Trade Center towers and the NASDAQ MarketSite videowall. Though lucrative, he found this work creatively unsatisfying.
So after many years away from New Mexico, he returned in 2010 to produce his original creative work. He currently resides in Santa Fe and is preparing his launch as a singer/songwriter with his first full-length album due out in the summer of 2011.