Published on December 15th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor0
Award Winning Singer, Songwriter, Actor & Producer CRAYMO Releases Visuals For “December Rain (Carol Of Love)”
“December Rain (Carol Of Love) is a classic ballad about unrequited love that is dedicated to anyone who has ever loved someone that didn’t love them back. The song and video are released in loving memory of my Mom, whose maiden name was Carol Love, because she was always there for me through all my heartbreaks in life. I love you more Mom.”
These are the words of award-winning artist Craymo, a humble summation of his new single and its accompanying video. The song’s beauty and haunting tenderness are perfectly encapsulated in the simple yet elegant production, and the visual representation is a perfect complement to the emotional audio.
Music seemed to possess Craig Stephen Raymo’s soul from an early age as he had always tried to imitate the singers and bands emanating from his little 45 rpm record player. In 3rd grade he picked up the alto saxophone taking lessons from Kenneth Van Winkle, father of future Grammy winner Dixon Van Winkle.
Craymo continued taking lessons and played in elementary and Jr. and Sr.High Bands and the school Jazz Rock group. Craig wrote his first song when he was 16. He sang in the school choir from elementary through high school. The young performer craved the stage and graced it every chance he got joining the local vaudeville style minstrel group Showtime. Craymo performed in community theatre and high school drama and musical theatre productions.
As a senior in high school he took interest in DJing and got a job spinning at Big Ed’s Dallas Lounge and also at a local radio station where co-workers first started calling him Craymo. Craymo went to Fredonia State University majoring in Broadcasting with a minor in drama.
Feeling the call of the big city, Craig left college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. He soon landed acting gigs in the TV soap operas General Hospital and days Of Our livess, most recently in the HBO original film Recount. Craymo continued to DJ in Nightclubs and was one of the first “video jocks” to beat mix videos! All the while focused on his music Craymo wrote hundreds of songs and started recording demos in Los Angeles recording studios. He auditioned to be the lead singer for several bands but ultimately realized his destiny was to be a solo artist. The determined young man took vocal lessons with R&B great Bobby Womack and recorded a demo of one of his songs.
Craymo then met record producer David Longoria who took him under his wing and they recorded his first professionally recorded song Love Touch and filmed his first music video. Then they went on to create several more songs including Craymo’s first EP entitled Be My Girl who’s title track was licensed in the indie film Paper Thin Immortals.
The next video was Take It Slow with a sixties beatnick vibe and the song was licensed in the indie film Accidents Don’t Happen. Craymo appeared as a male vocalist on Star Search 89 with Ed McMahan. He formed several backup bands performing at the Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, Genghis Cohen and opened up shows for Smashmouth, The Plimsouls and Fishbone. He then met record producer Chris Irwin and recorded several songs in his Malibu studio. Craymo then ran into his old friend, songwriter and producer Brandon Jarrett. They went into the studio and magic happened. Combining their song catalogs into one company, Moho Productions, LLC. They recorded One Love One World which became a worldwide phenomenon being featured on the United Nations project UNESCO web site www.newsongsforpeace.org. School teachers all over the world downloaded the song, taught it to their students who then performed it at their schools in the USA, Canada, China and Australia!
Craymo has been a semi-finalist and finalist in several songwriting competitions including Unisong, the Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival, UK Songwriting Competition, Pacific Songwriting Competition and the Artist Undiscovered Competition. His songs have been licensed in the indie films Super Southern Sweet Sixteen, Silly Movie 2 and Successful Failures 2. Also in television including The X Games on ESPN, The Orlando Citrus Parade, Sinbad’s Reality U (pilot), Toddlers and Tiaras (TLC) and Chris and John To The Rescue (Canada). His first full lenght CD Cosmos and followup Cosmos (Singles and Remixes) are available on iTunes. Craymo is currently receiving airplay on commercial and internet radio all over the world.
His influences include Duran Duran, George Michael, The Beatles, Morrissey, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Elton John, Sting and The Cars. He has been enjoying discovering London and the UK scene!Get up on the latest @