Craig Taubman

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Craig Taubman
Birth name Craig Reid Taubman
Also known as CT, Tubster, Master, Boss
Born 1958
Millington, Tennessee
Genres Jewish, Singer/Songwriter, Inspirational, Instrumental, Children's,
Occupations Composer, Musician, Producer, Event Producer
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Guitar,
Years active 1973-present
Labels Craig 'N Co., Sweet Louise
Website Craig 'N Co. & Craig's Facebook & Craig's Twitter
Notable instruments
Guitar

Craig Reid Taubman (born April 3, 1958) is an American singer/songwriter and music producer based in Los Angeles, California. Through his independent label/production office, Craig 'N Company, he has produced 11 albums. He is also the executive producer of the Celebrate Series, 12 Jewish-themed compilation albums with titles like Celebrate Hip Hop and Celebrate Passover.

Taubman's career initially launched with his popularity as a children's recording artist in the early 1990s, during which he was prominently seen on the Disney Channel performing songs like "You Need a Haircut, You Really Need a Haircut" and concerts like "Rock'n Toontown" at Disneyland. In recent years, he has branched out into recording and performing more adult-oriented music, most of it Jewish in nature, although he continues to record and perform for children.

Through Craig 'N Co., Taubman regularly produces and performs at concert events across the country, most notably his regular Friday Night Live Shabbat evening services at Sinai Temple (Los Angeles, California), the Let My People Sing Passover Festival, and the Big Tent Event.

In February 2013, Taubman bought the former Welsh Presbyterian Church on Valencia Street in downtown Los Angeles. Taubman announced plans to convert the building, which from 1909 to 1925 was the home of Sinai Temple and which was named a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1977, into a "a multicultural and interfaith performing arts center and house of worship."[1]

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

  • How Good - 2010
  • Holy Ground - 2009
  • Inscribed - 2005
  • One Shabbat Morning - 2002
  • The Best of the Rest - 2001
  • Friday Night Live - 1999
  • Kol Tikvah - 1997
  • My Newish Jewish Discovery - 1997
  • Imaginit - 1996
  • Voice of the Spirit - 1996
  • My Jewish Discovery - 1995
  • Heaven and Earth - 1993
  • Rock 'N Toontown - 1993
  • Rockin' Together - 1992
  • Journey - 1991
  • Craig 'N Company - 1989
  • Encore - 1989
  • Pennies for Your Thoughts - 1988
  • Yad B'Yad: Together - 1988
  • Karen and Craig Makin' Music - 1987
  • Rhythm and Rhyme - 1986
  • Yad B'Yad: Hand 'N Hand - 1986
  • Moment to Moment - 1985
  • Beginnings - 1982
  • We Were as Dreamers - 1981
  • Zany Brainy

Compilations[edit]

  • Meditations of my Heart - 2009
  • Sweet Sounds and the Days of Awe
  • Lights: Celebrated Hanukkah Live In Concert - 2008
  • Classic Animal Songs - 2006
  • Classic Dance Songs - 2006
  • Classic Lullabies - 2006
  • American Jewish Summer - 2005
  • The World Is a Narrow Bridge - 2004
  • Totally Zany - 2001

Compilations Produced[edit]

  • My World by Alberto Mizrahi - 2009
  • Marshmallow Peeps: Sing Along - 2001

Lounge Series[edit]

  • The Shabbat Lounge - 2006
  • The Passover Lounge - 2006
  • The Hanukkah Lounge - 2005

Celebrate Series[edit]

  • Celebrate Jewish Lullabies: Volume 1 - 2011
  • Celebrate Jewish Love Songs - 2009
  • My Very First Jewish Celebrate CD: Volume 1 - 2009
  • Best of the Celebrate Series - 2006
  • Celebrate Hip Hop - 2004
  • Celebrate Klezmer - 2004
  • Celebrate Yiddish - 2004
  • Celebrate Peace - 2003
  • Celebrate America - 2002
  • Celebrate Kids - 2001
  • Celebrate Friends - 2000
  • Celebrate Passover - 2000
  • Celebrate Shabbat - 2000
  • Celebrate Hanukkah - 1999

Themes and Scoring[edit]

  • “Original Music” Steve Harvey Show WB Network, 2000
  • “In Your Arms” Original song for Warner Brothers Animated Film, 2000
  • “Charley Horse Pizza”, Original Songs for the Shari Lewis Series, PBS 1998
  • “Row Row Row” BMW Television Commercial, 1998
  • “Right Connections”, Showtine Original Film, 1997
  • “Imaginit”, Original music for computer animation video, Miramar/BMG, 1997
  • “Happily Ever After”, Original music for animated series, HBO, 1997
  • “We Make Children Smile”, Mattel Jingle with Foote, Cone and Belding, 1997
  • “It’s Magic”, Original song for 1996 Olympics Pavilion, Coca Cola, 1996
  • “I Can Do It”, Original song for Mickey’s Sports Album, Walt Disney Records, 1996
  • “Pinochhio”, Original song for Summer 1996 feature film release, New Line Cinema
  • “Rimba’s Island”, Original songs for ’95 – ’96 seasons, Fox Television Network
  • “Andre”, Original song for 1995 feature film, Paramount Pictures
  • “You’re a Carnivore”, 1995 television and radio advertising campaign, Carl’s Jr.
  • “Hollywood Hounds Christmas”, Original songs for syndicated television special
  • “Recycle Rex”, Original songs and music, Dept. of Conservation/Disney Educational
  • “Gibson Kids”, Original children’s complication, Gibson Guitars
  • “Street Safe, Street Smart”, Original songs and music, Disney Educational Film Series
  • “Halloween Surprises”, Original songs and music, Disney Video
  • “Kid Songs”, Original songs and music, Disney Video
  • “Fairfax Mural Project Video”, Original music, City of Los Angeles
  • “KRMH”, Original Theme, Boston Radio
  • “Brotherhood”, Original Song, National Conference of Christians and Jews
  • “NCI”, Television radio advertising campaign, National Campgrounds, Inc.

Television, Internet and Radio[edit]

  • In The Living Room Series, 2012
  • PBS Hanukkah Special with special guests, 2008
  • PBS Hanukkah Special with Fran Drescher, 2003
  • Easter Seal Telethon with special guest appearances, 1996/7
  • Kaleidoscope Concert – Live Children’s Concert Special, The Disney Channel
  • Rock ‘n Toontown – Live Children’s Concert Special, The Disney Channel
  • For Our Children with special guest appearances on concert special
  • XUXA with special guest appearance
  • C.H.I.M.E. Festival with special guest appearance on Live Concert Special
  • Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon with special guest appearance
  • Recycle Rex – Public Service Announcement, syndicated television
  • Press Appearances – Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, E! Channel, CNN Showbiz Today, The Home Show, Entertainment Report, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, RADIO AAHS and Radio Disney

References[edit]

Reviews[edit]

  • Best of the Celebrate Series Review - The Jerusalem Post - March 14, 2007
  • Playing with soul, at Synagogue - Chicago Tribune - March 16, 2007.
  • 1 Weekend, 3 Services - The Atlanta Jewish Times, March 9, 2007.
  • Best of the religious CDs - The Wichita Eagle, December 25, 2004.
  • A new spin on dreidel music - The Chicago Tribune, Wendy Donahue, Published December 5, 2004.
  • Oh, CDs I will play: It's the Chanukah wrap-up - Jewish World Review, Paul Wieder
  • Sounds Of The Season (11/30/2004) - Gift recordings for each night of Chanukah. The Jewish Week, November 2004
  • Celebrate Klezmer Review - klezmershack.com
  • 'Bridge' works 'Bridge' works 'Bridge' works - Jewish News Weekly, dan pine, November 26, 2004.
  • Musical Seder Invigorates New Polish Jewish Community - Published by The AVI CHAI Foundation in partnership with Jewish Family & Life! Copyright 2004 The AVI Chai Foundation. Used with Permission.
  • Spotlight: Craig Taubman - Heart & Soul - Published in BabagaNewz Magazine, Tishrei 5765, October 2004.
  • The Show Must Go On - The Jewish Week, Joshua Hammerman

Interviews[edit]

  • VIDEO: Jewish County Fair Brings Out Thousands for Sukkot in the Sun, Article and Video at Patch.com about the 2011 Jewish County Fair – October 20, 2011
  • KPCC - The Madelaine Brand Show (mp3) Listen to a brief interview with Craig about the Jewish County Fair – October 14, 2011
  • The Daily Rabbi Interviews Craig Taubman, the Daily Rabbi Online Magazine – September 26, 2011
  • Sing a New Song, By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles – September 14, 2001
  • Celebrate Passover: Passover Songs to Treasure, By Susan Hogan/Albach, Beliefnet.com
  • Zany Brainy Releases 'Friends' Set, By Moira McCormick, Billboard
  • Celebrate Passover—With Music, by Lisa Traiger, JewishFamily.com – April, 2000
  • Voice of the Spirit Review, by Lisa Traiger, JewishFamily.com
  • Will Friday Nights Ever be the Same?, by Michael Aushenker, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles – May 7, 1999
  • Jewish Values That You Can Dance To, by Dianne Areff Zaga, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles – September 26, 1997
  • Voices of Hope at the Skirball, by Diane Areff Zaga, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles – June 20, 1997
  • Yiddish-`Kiddish' Tunesmith to Perform Shows for the Family, by Matthew Surrence, The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California Online – May 3, 1996
  • Hollywood Music-Maker's "Passion is the Jewish stuff", by Michael Elkin, The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California Online – September 15, 1995

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