Craig Sonnenfeld is a Boston based singer-songwriter-guitarist who originally hails from Atlantic City, New Jersey. He studied folk and blues guitar in his teenage years with Philadelphia Jerry Ricks who was playing at the time with such folk luminaries as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Skip James.
Although he was always listening to music, Craig pursued other interests and careers after college. He stopped playing guitar and performing for over two decades while being a ‘responsible adult’ with a career in the high-tech field (in which he still works) and having a family in the Boston area.
Craig started playing again in recent years at the urging of old associates with whom he had reconnected and he began writing and performing at several venues in the greater Boston area.
He has also performed in 2005 at the New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University and at the Ocean City New Jersey Folk Festival (where Tom Rush headlined).
An article in the January 2006 issue of Insite Boston magazine states, “…his style, writing, and story are sure to propel him to prominence in the New England folk scene’.
Craig’s cd’s have been played on over 100 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad including WGBH Boston’s Folk on WGBH program and his music is featured regularly on Jim Albertson’s ‘Down Jersey Jim’ show on WSNJ in southern New Jersey.
His second cd of original songs, ‘Storm Clouds Rising’ garnered this praise from singer/songwriting legend Bob Franke:
“I was impressed by the overall sound and production values, and the correct impression you give on (Storm Clouds Rising) that you’re a songwriter of intellect and heart.”
Also, in May of 2006, Craig’s song ‘Anne Frank’s Eyes’ from his cd ‘Storm Clouds Rising’ was played on Rich Warren’s Chicago based radio program ‘The Midnight Special’ and syndicated on 70 radio stations nationwide. His song ‘The Lighthouse’ was also heard on ‘The Midnight Special’ in 2009.
A review by actor/author Joey Madia on his New Mystics arts site in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in October 2006 is high in its praise of Craig’s singing, songwriting and guitar playing and it is included in this package under the title ‘Older and Wiser: A Review of the Music of Craig Sonnenfeld’.
In late 2007-early 2008 Craig released his third cd ‘Heart of a Man’. It has been heard on dozens of stations and was featured on WFUV in New York City on Bob Sherman’s well-know ‘Woody’s Children’ program.
Craig’s fourth cd ‘Angels, Lovers and Fools’ was released in September 2010 and continues to showcase Craig’s original country and blues influenced compositions.
Encouraged by the response to his music, Craig has been pleased to be part of the acoustic music scene and has been enjoying performing and recording.
See www.craigsonnenfeld.com for more information about this artist.