Craig Taubman’s dynamic music and moving performance style have been an inspiration to the Jewish community for over 28 years. He brings to life the joy and spirit of the Jewish heritage, appealing to young and old alike and captivating audiences wherever he goes.
Craig first began performing at the age of 15 when he picked up a guitar and began to lead services at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. He went on to graduate from Northridge University and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He also spent two years at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, during which he performed for Prime Minister Menachem Begin and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Craig is the Founding Director of Yad B’Yad, a city-wide teen performing arts program funded by the Jewish Federation Council of Los Angeles.
Craig’s music bridges traditional Jewish themes with the experiences of contemporary Jewish life. His recordings have become an integral part of the Jewish community. Craig’s top-selling releases include Friday Night Live, composed for a special Shabbat service held once a month at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. The service, which regularly attracts over 2,000 people, was designed for young adults aged 25-40, many of whom had been estranged from Jewish life. Craig is also the producer of the award-winning Celebrate Series, a compilation CD project which collects some of the best Jewish music available on special theme-oriented recordings. His newest, Celebrate Jewish Lullabies is now rocking kids to sleep all over the world.
Through his production company, Craig ‘N Co., Craig has conceived of and produced the hugely successful Let My People Sing Festival, held yearly in Los Angeles, the Hallelu concert series at top venues nationwide, and seven editions of the Jewels of Elul booklet and online compilations. He also produces interfaith concert and events throughout the world.
Craig enjoys a successful career in television and film composing as well. He has composed and directed the music for the Fox children’s series Rimba’s Island, the HBO animated series Happily Ever After, and Shari Lewis’s PBS series Charley Horse Pizza. Craig’s music has been featured at the Coca Cola Olympic Pavilion in Atlanta as well as in the Paramount Pictures feature film Andre, New Line Cinema’s Pinocchio, and Disney’s animated short film Recycle Rex. His songs have been recorded by such respected artists as Chita Rivera and Jennifer Holliday. His sell-out concerts draw thousands at such venues as Ravinia in Chicago, Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, Westbury Music Fair in New York, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and three special performances at the White House.