Craig Minowa is the singer/songwriter/frontman for the alternative rockband, Cloud Cult. He is also the founder of Earthology Records. Minowa was born Craig Richardson in February 1973. Minowa grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota. He is the middle child. He has two sisters, one older, Melanie, and one younger, Janelle. His father is an accountant and his mother is a nurse. All three siblings are very artistic. Minowa has a large tattoo of a tree on his calf that he designed himself. Craig worked in Duluth at the local co-op for a number of years before being prompted to pursue his musical career by a co-worker. Minowa met his wife, Connie Staska, when his younger sister brought Connie home after school one day. The two adopted the last name "Minowa" when they married in 1998. Craig was in two bands in high school, Counterpoint and Eden's Ashes, both with current band member Scott West.
Minowa has a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is a committed environmentalist.