BIO ( short ) / Credits ( partial )
Craig Parker Adams was born December 3rd 1968 in Minneapolis Minnesota to a teenage mother & unknown father. Immediately , Craig was placed in foster care & put up for adoption... Luckily soon after Craig scored the best parents in the world as well as an older brother & sister.
Craig is a natural born musician who grew up playing hockey sticks & tennis rackets in an extremely rich musically diverse environment. For starters , his parents were both singers , his father in a Barbershop Quartet & his mother in the Sweet Adelines Chorus. The parent's listening musical tastes ranged from the big bands of the 30's and early 40's to the swinging latin Orchestras of the 50's and 60's all they way to the likes of Nana Mouskouri , Roger Miller and Johnny Cash. According to his mother, Craig began asking for a guitar from around the age of 2 or 3. It ended up that the first REAL guitar showed up when Craig was around 5 when his parents bought a nylon string guitar for his older brother.
Being that Craig was the youngest , he had to share a room with his brother who is 7 years older than him. What that meant for Craig was basically having no control over what music was played in the room. That translated to a 5 year old being weaned on the likes of Frank Zappa , Uriah Heep , Black Sabbath & a ton of other heavy duty rock and rollers. Craig's sister who was 5 years older was another completely different musical influence. She offered up a range of great song writers of popular music like the Bee Gees , Barry Manilow ,Billy Joel and Elton John as well as a slew of lite rock bands like Journey & REO Speedwagon… All that being said , Craig's very own influences that cultivated from that time have remained strong and true as well ever since.
" they were basically the Balladeers of the day like John Denver , Gordon Lightfoot and Glenn Campbell ".
From those beginnings Craig became absolutely immersed and obsessed with playing the guitar.
" I used to get ordered OUT of my room to have to come spend time with the family , that's how much I was playing ".
Teaching other kids & playing in a local band through Middle and High School Craig with 5 days notice left Mn. with $88 & 3 guitars & caught a ride out to Los Angeles with his friend Tim on his way to boot camp in San Diego. After spending years of playing with different people in Los Angeles Craig's interest shifted in to the art of recording and thus started down the road of becoming a self taught Producer - Engineer.
Relevant studio experiences / history found here.