The Official Website of Craig Payne
Musician / Recording Artist and Author

About Craig Payne


The Official home of Craig Payne Multi-Instrumentalist / Songwriter / Recording Artist and Author Based in New Zealand, Craig has had a diverse career as a musician and author... his albums are available on practically every download / streaming site in the world and his books are available exclusively through Amazon Check out Craig's tracks here and follow the links for download options, streaming and social media...

Bio


Quite some time ago, in a place they still call France...

Books


Lifting the veil on what is a profession steeped in tradition, secrecy and legend 'Faulty Caskets' is a biographical account of Craig's life prior to his entry into the second oldest profession in the world and his experiences during his 9-years in what is a very diverse and demanding occupation...

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Albums


The Classic Rock of Tomorrow

The Silver Anniversary Collection

'Livin It Up' (The Silver Anniversary Collection) is possible the final album from Craig Payne and will drop on January 1 2020 marking 25 years of recording for Craig... It is a compilation of 14 previously released, withdrawn and now rerecorded tracks which best represent the diverse musical talent of Craig... From Rock, Jazz Reggae and the odd Ballad Livin' It up (The Silver Anniversary Collection) is a strong eclectic mix with something for everyone... As Craig says: "never say never" but the feeling at the moment is this is likely the last album at least for a while although Craig will bee keeping his hand in and may produce the occasional track just for the fun of it... Music streaming has contributed heavily in Craig's current directional change which sees Craig working on two new books at the moment following a good level of success from 'Faulty Caskets (An Undertakers Story) which is available as an E-Book and Paperback... However, musicians are always announcing the 'final album' or 'final tour' so although there's nothing in the immediate future who knows? Musically this album sums up a great deal of success and recognition achieved which is a good place to be; but as previously mentioned 'streaming' with deals as cheap as 99c for unlimited tracks is putting thousands if not millions of artists in a no win situation and the royalties are shrinking on a daily basis for everyone other than the streaming sites... Anyway, for now enjoy the many albums releases 'The Silver Anniversary Collection' Craig has produced and perhaps in the future, distant or not, there may be perhaps an encore from Craig Payne...

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Soul Searching (A Tribute To John Lennon)

December 8th 2019 is the 39th anniversary of the passing of John Lennon (AKA Dr Winston O' Boogie) and to mark the date 'Soul Searching' and 'Liverpool Crying' will be released as a tribute to a dearly missed soul... Craig decided on the tribute , which I first wrote and recorded in 1981, at a time when the world could do with a bit of peace and understanding and when the single drops on December 8th 2019 on practically every platform in the Universe hopefully a little bit of peace and love will ripple through the cosmos...

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Passing Shadows

The final album for 2019 and the second to last album, possibly of all time, 'Passing Shadows' is an eclectic mix of 14 original songs... Passing Shadows opens the album and is a song about those occasions when you're not quite sure if you had contact with a deceased friend or relative or not when you wake up... quite a tasteful song... Brave New World is an optimistic song suggesting that we all can contribute to a better world if we want to... The album flows smoothly with a few Beatle-esque moments along with some truly original tracks... And... check out the cover... a bit of 3D computer art just for fun...

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MAKING HISTORY

Singer-songwriter Craig Payne is ready to make history. No kidding, the new album is proudly titled Making History, and it’s loaded, aimed high, and if the title is anything to go by, it should burn an unmissable trail across the sky that is New Zealand music. Or even better - global music markets. With two full albums and a healthy-sized list of singles under his belt, Craig is not slowing down, nor backing away from the next logical step in his musical career..

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ONE NIGHT STAND

One Night Stand - 2019 - A critically acclaimed album with a diverse range of songs and a very Beatle-Esque delivery...

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GOOD NEWS

Good News - 2018 - The very first album from Craig Payne - An absolute must for your music collection

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Articles


Keyboard Warriors

Keyboard Warriors

People! join me on a possibly ‘generic’ look at keyboard warriors and the things they say online that they would have the balls to say to someone’s face… My second book now officially under construction...

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Faulty Caskets (An Undertakers Story)

Faulty Caskets (An Undertakers Story)

A progress report on the 72 hour mark... truly inspiring to me...

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To Do Or Not To Do... That Is The Question...

To Do Or Not To Do... That Is The Question...

If you find that after recording and mastering your new track the 'haters' come out to play you should read this...

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Music, Madness & Mayhem

Music, Madness & Mayhem

Is the music business getting out of control or was it ever not in a state of chaos?

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Multimedia Services


COPYWRITING

Communication is everything

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MUSIC PROMOTION

'Sing Like Everyone's Listening' and be heard

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PRE-LICENCED MUSIC

Music can indeed tame the fickle audience

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