WOW! Amazing things happening...Glory to GOD! Another awesome year at Common Ground where Craig and his band got the crowd jumping, opening the event for 33 Miles and RopeMaster Peter Nestler! For 5 years now God has blessed the evening with incredible talent and testimony and seeds are being planted in and around the community!
Since January 1 Craig has been serving as Interim Pastor at Angel's Rest Baptist Fellowship in Pearisburg, Virginia and God has certainly been blessing his time there. Craig's desire is for people to come to a knowledge of the love and acceptance that God offers us all through Jesus Christ our Lord! If that be through preaching, teaching, singing, or serving, Craig has accepted this appointment that God has placed in his life at the moment and will continue to serve in any capacity that God so desires!
We hope to see you at a show down the road or at home on Sunday mornings at Angel's Rest! Peace!
Exciting days as Craig has recently stepped into the next phase of life and is now pursuing the spreading of the GREATEST NEWS OF ALL TIME on a full time basis! We praise God for opening doors and pouring out His blessings on the ministry in new and powerful ways and we request your prayers towards reaching the lost, those hurting and in need of encouragement, and those who need to know that GOD DOES LOVE THEM NO MATTER WHAT!
Craig's Christmas tune Manger of Love is being released to Christian radio for the upcoming Christmas season and so far has been picked up by several stations across the U.S. and Canada. Please contact and ask your local station to consider adding it to their holiday play list. While the song speaks of the Christmas story itself, it is also a song to inspire all of us at anytime of how seemingly small, insignificant things, when placed in the hands of GOD, can become world changing and life altering! Our GOD is bigger than all of the limitations our minds contain and all of the hindrances this world can produce...Nothing can stop OUR GOD!
Craig has recently wrapped up a busy spring schedule and had the honor of participating in some awesome events with some incredible talent all with hearts open and voices raised to Jesus our Lord! Praise GOD for all that HE has done and is still doing! Common Ground 2012 was another great success and Craig and his band of brothers opened the event for Addison Road, Matt Jernigan, and Jason Roe. One last note, Standing on the Promises has been released to radio a week ago and has already been picked up by several FM stations across the land from New Mexico to Florida to Maine! Glory to GOD for all that is accomplished for it is only by His grace and mercy that we are able to serve!
Latest Radio News Craig's latest radio release "Little Things" in now playing across the nation on AC/CHR stations. Craig's single "You're My God" reached the #2 spot on CRW's global inspirational chart, remained in the top 5 for July and August and is still receiving airplay on Inspirational, Contemporary, and Christian Country stations in the U.S. and overseas!
COMMON GROUND 2011 This Saturday night, May 14, 2011 the 3rd annual Common Ground event will be held at the Giles High School Auditorium in Pearisburg, VA. This years lineup includes Craig Whittaker and friends, Hawaiian Ironman Champion Scott Rigsby and Christian Recording Artist Jonny Diaz! Doors open at 6pm with curtain at 7pm. Students get in FREE with all others just $10 at the door. For more information go to http://www.commongroundevent.org or visit us on Facebook.
Standing wins IMMA Award It's offical...we have a winner! Craig's latest cd "Standing" was named Contemporary Christian Album of the Year in this years Independent Music Awards. To learn more about this latest honor and the IMA's go to http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/
"Standing" nominated in the 10th Annual IIMA Awards | Craig's current release "Standing" has been named one of 5 nominees for the International Independent Music Awards, Contemporary Christian Album of the Year. For more information on this exciting honor and to support Craig's nomination go to http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/
Brick Street Cafe This Saturday night, November 13, 2010, Craig Whittaker and friends Greg and Sabrena Cox and Kevin Riley will be performing at The Brick Street Cafe in Princeton, WV. Brick Street Cafe is located at Cornerstone Family Church at 119 Brick Street, Princeton, WV. Showtime is 7:00pm. Come out and enjoy a family friendly evening in a relaxing, informal environment. Hope you can make it.
Home Church Fall Revival Craig's home church, Mount Zion United Methodist, located in beautiful White Gate, Virginia will be holding revival services beginning 11:00am on Sunday, October 17th. An amazaing meal will follow the service and everyone is invited! Services resume on Sunday night at 7:00pm with Pastor Lacy Brooks of Bluefield, WV and musical guest, Cornerstone. Monday night's music guest will be the Voices of Praise choir from Pearisburg Christ Fellowship, Tuesday night Craig Whittaker, Wednesday night R. Preston Maddox (singer/songwriter/storyteller), and concluding on Thursday night, October 21 with Christ Incorporated Quartet. Please come out and enjoy the beauty of GOD's creation while experiencing the power and peace of HIS WORD. Located at the Giles/Bland county line on highway 670.
Camp Creek State Park Mark your calendar and make plans to be at Camp Creek State Park on August 14th for the Summer Mountain Jam to enjoy a day of fun, food, and eclectic music all to support a worthy goal of helping local students get a 'leg up' financially on their first year of college. (check out details at the end to see how to qualify for scholarship consideration) THIS IS A FREE CONCERT in a family friendly atmosphere so come and bring a crowd ! If you have not done so, check out the web sites of some of the artists that will be performing; these folks are known all over the two Virginias and beyond and if you've ever seen any of them perform you know you're in for a good show. If you haven't, well, you need to get to Camp Creek on the 14th ! Featured artists include Clinton Collins, Mark Spangler, Doug and Shelly Harper, Craig Whittaker, R Preston Maddox, David and Ann Ledgerwood, Leftover 301. Music starts at noon and facilities and food service are on site. All donations and food sales benefitting the Kristen Hamm Memorial Scholarship Fund.
CG 2010 Website Check out http://www.commongroundevent.org for more information.
Common Ground 2010 Come out this Saturday May 15th at 7:00pm for an amazing evening of incredible music and performances that will not be soon forgotten! Craig will be kicking things off for what promises to be "one night...for a lifetime" that you certainly don't want to miss. National Christian Recording artist, Warren Barfield, best known for his recent hit radio tune "Love Is Not A Fight" from the movie "Fireproof" will be headlining the event. Jared Hall will bring his incredible talent as one of the nation's premier illusionists to the GHS auditorium as well. You will be blessed! Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.
3/5/10 - Recent Press Check out some recent press about Craig's ministry and his everyday life. Thanks to Dan Waidelich and the Roanoke Times New River Current for the article. http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/nrventertainment/wb/235319
THE NEW LOOK Thanks for stopping by and checking out the new site! The new project "Standing" is now available for purchase. Just click on the link at the bottom of this page and it will direct you to my Indieheaven page where you may purchase the physical CD (complete with all lyrics), or download the whole project or individual songs. Please take time to look around and a little background behind each of the songs can be found under the "music" heading. Please leave a comment on the guestbook if you so desire or shoot me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear what you think, talk about coming to your church or venue, answer questions about the music or if you have a prayer request. New dates are being added every week so check back often. GOD is SO GOOD!
Summer Notes It's been a busy spring and summer so far with many changes going on in my life. First of all I want to thank everyone for the prayers, emails, cards and calls concerning the passing of my father Dale Whiittaker who entered Heaven's gates on Father's day. We rejoice in the fact that he is in the place we all long to be and will see him again however the realization that he is gone from our presence for a while is still hard to accept. I miss him so much but I know he would want me to press on and keep sharing the faith that he was so happy to have received. Please keep my mom and the rest of my family in your prayers.
The new CD is coming along nicely and just a few small touches will have the new baby ready for final mix. Once again I am blessed to have the wonderful talent of Eric Copeland leading this effort. Grammy winner Ronnie Brookshire will be mixing it up for us and I look forward to sharing with everyone. The project will have a little something for everyone and I can't wait for you all to hear what we have created. All in God's timing and I am thankful for some new found patience that He has given to me this go around! I am starting to line up dates for this fall and early winter so shoot me an email to get in on the action! I'd love to share the new music with your church, group or event so let me know at email@example.com as soon as possible and let's make it happen.
Common Ground 2009 Notes The first annual Common Ground Event held in Pearisburg was a huge success! Mavericks, Green Waves, and Spartans all came together to celebrate the common ground they share in Jesus Christ and several made decisions to accept Jesus as Lord of their Life! Praise GOD for His Mercy and Grace! 1000 in attendance, The energy and presence of the Lord was felt by so many and I feel certain that many seeds have been planted as a result! Glory to God for His people who love and serve him with thanksgiving. Amazing effort by all involved. Just wait and see whats in store for 2010!
Common Ground 2009 Event Make plans to attend this first of its kind event being held on Craigs home turf. Giles High School Auditorium on Saturday night May 16 in conjunction with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from Giles, Narrows, and James Monroe High Schools. Guests include Derwin Gray, Broken Vessels, Liberty University Kings Players, Melissa Kennedy, Spirit FM radio personality Collen Larkins will be guest MC along with Pastor Greg Cox and more. Doors open at 6pm and admission is free for all students and only $5 at the door for all others. For more information check out http://www.commonground2009.com.
Sunset Blvd Studios Craig will be back in the studio working with some of the most talented musicians and producers on the face of the planet in preparation for his upcoming sophomore project slated for release later in 2009. Please remember us in your prayers as we strive to create an offering that reflects the unequalled love of Jesus Christ.
Chuck Mathena Center Concert Craig will be one of seven featured artists on stage for the inaugural Message with Music concert being held at the beautiful Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton West Virginia on January 24th at 7:00pm. For more information check out http://www.chuckmathenacenter.org.
Power Praise Radio Show Craig's song Rescue My Heart was recently featured on the Power Praise Radio program. PPR is a syndicated, weekly produced show and is currently playing on over 50 radio stations across the US, Canada, Europe and Africa as well as on the www. It is also available as a PODCAST. Check out week 13's show at www.powerpraiseradio.com
Feature on Jarrett's Mom A very nice feature and tribute was recently put together by the Roanoke Times in honor of Tracy Lane, the mother of Jarrett Lane, a victim of the April 16, 2007 VT shooting. I've Seen Jesus (Jarrett's Song) was used in the slide show, and please join us in prayer for all of the victims families and friends as April 16 approaches. To view the slideshow go to http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/soundslides/
Indieheaven Artist Concert Craig will be performing along with Harry Offutt, Once More, and guest guitarist Drew Davidsen at Blue Ridge Independent Church in Elkton, VA. Concert begins at 6:00pm on Saturday April 12, 2008. It's going to be one great evening of worship! 2/4/08 - Momentum Award Finalist Craig has been selected as one of 5 finalists for the "Contemporary Artist of the Year" Momentum Award sponsored by Indieheaven! You can register your vote during the month of February at http://indieheaven.com/momentum_awards.php Thanks for all of the encouraging emails, prayers, and votes of support towards Craig's ministry and mission. None of this would be possible without you! Thanks again for your support and prayers.
Artist Spotlight on KBCU 88.1fm Craig will be the featured artist on the KBCU 88.1fm artist spotlight segment Saturday night, January 26 at 9:00pm EST. Music from the Common Ground project along with interview and the story behind the songs will be shared during this one hour program. Thanks to Rockin Ron at 88.1fm in Newton, Kansas and you can tune in online at the KBCU website.
Momentum Awards Craig has been nominated in 3 categories for this year's Indieheaven Momentum Awards! Album of the Year for Common Ground , Song of the Year for I've Seen Jesus (Jarrett's Song), and Contemporary Artist of the Year. The awards will be presented as part of the upcoming CIA Summit 2008 conference being held in Nashville on March 28th and 29th, 2008. To register your votes for Craig and his music go to: http://www.indieheaven.com/momentum_awards.php .
Jarrett's Song Posted on INDIEHEAVEN You can now listen to the song, I've Seen Jesus Jarrett's Song online at the following link: http://www.indieheaven.com/artist_main.php?id=17007 Please continue to pray for all of those impacted by the events of April 16, 2007 and for GOD's love to show up all over the VT campus this fall.
Craig Back in the Studio Craig was recently back in the studio to record a new song that he wrote in honor of Jarrett Lane, a Virginia Tech senior who was killed during the tragic events of April 16, 2007. The song, entitled I'VE SEEN JESUS (JARRETT'S SONG), is one of encouragement for survivors of anyone who has gone on to their eternal reward with Christ. Even though as believers we realize Heaven is the ultimate prize, we can't help but feel the pain of losing a loved one. The song will be posted in the next few weeks and it is Craig's prayer that the song will, in some small way, bring comfort to those who look forward to a brighter day and a glorious reunion with those who have gone on before us.
Craig on "Atlanta Live" TV Show Craig will be making an apperance Friday, March 2 on TV 57's "Atlanta Live" to perform and promote the CD project. Showtime is 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The show also airs nationally on the NRB Network.
Craig's single "Give Away" being introduced to nationwide radio this week! Calling all prayer warriors! Pray that the single reaches the ears (and hearts) of those who would be encouraged or even changed by hearing the song. Thanks for your continued support of the ministry. May GOD continue to show us all new opportunities to "Give Away" His love in 2007.
Craig gets a great review for "Common Ground" Check out the latest review of "Common Ground" at http://www.sockspider.com. Many thanks to Paul Gentry at sockspider for reviewing the CD.
"Common Ground" now playing on the Web! Craig's music can now be heard, as well as requested, online at www.biglooradio.com, www.whitedoveradio.com, and www.creativesoulradio.com. Thanks to everyone requesting the music and for helping the songs find their way into homes and hearts everywhere.
Blue Ridge Independent Church A huge THANK YOU to everyone for making me and my family feel so welcome. I am grateful to have been present for such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit! May God continue to bless your beautiful congregation!
"Common Ground" now available! Craig's debut CD project "Common Ground" is now ready for public consumption! Stake your claim for a piece of "ground" today!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING (at least these two guys!)
"Craig is not only a great artist but a true friend. His music inspires because it comes from the heart and reflects his sincere love for Jesus Christ." -- Pastor Brad Lewis, Blue Ridge Independent Church
"Craig has blessed our congregation with his music ministry on several occasions and is welcome anytime. His strong anointing and willingness to move as GOD directs is something all Christian artists should strive for." -- Pastor Tim Cline, Narrows First Baptist Church