Craig got his start singing himself to sleep around the age of 3. Formal music training began with the piano at age 5, violin at 7, voice lessons at 8, and guitar/bass guitar at 10. At the age of 19, he joined a band that required he learned the upright bass. He immediately fell in love with the instrument and never looked back. Craig attended the University of Minnesota, Morris as a composition and theatre major, and moved to Asheville shortly after college.