Craig Wiseman Biography


"The Hitmen of Music Row"'s Craig Wiseman.

Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Craig Wiseman began playing music as a child, eventually leading him to play drums professionally. In 1985, Wiseman moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a professional songwriter.

Wiseman's first success as a writer came at age 24, with a song on Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl album, entitled "The Only One." He signed his first publishing deal with Almo/Irving Music in 1990. In 1997 he was honored as Music Row magazine's Writer Of The Year as well as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's (NSAI) Writer of The Year.

In 2000 Wiseman signed a new publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing. Two years later he was named Billboard magazine's 2002 Top 2 Country Songwriter and his song, "The Good Stuff", was credited with being Billboard magazine's 2002 Country Song of the Year. At the 2003 ASCAP Country Awards, this song was also awarded Song of the Year and Wiseman was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. Wiseman also enjoyed an international number one hit on British pop star Beverley Knight on their co-written song, "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda". During his three years with BMG, Wiseman accrued more than 60 cuts and had 22 singles.

Wiseman has had songs recorded by country's biggest acts including Diamond Rio, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Phil Vassar, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Buddy Jewell, Deana Carter, Randy Travis, Aaron Tippin, Lee Roy Parnell, Tracy Byrd, and Trisha Yearwood, He has penned 15 No. 1 country singles, including "The Good Stuff" and "Summertime" (Kenny Chesney), "The Cowboy In Me" and "Live Like You Were Dying" (Tim McGraw), and "Just Another Day In Paradise (Phil Vassar).

In October 2003 Wiseman started his own independent publishing company, Big Loud Shirt Industries. The first single from the new catalog was Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying." It topped the R&R Country Singles chart for an unprecedented 10 weeks and was named NSAI Song Of The Year, CMA Song of the Year, ACM Song of the Year, and won the Grammy award for Best Country Song Of The Year. Wiseman and his co-writer, Tim Nichols, also wrote a book by the same title. A companion book released later became a 12-week New York Times bestseller.

During the summer of 2005 Wiseman co-produced with Dann Huff his first project for Lyric Street recording artist Sarah Buxton. In November of that year, Wiseman was again named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and "Live Like You Were Dying" was named ASCAP Song of the Year. Wiseman also won the CMA, ACM & ICM Song of the Year with Brooks & Dunn's single, "Believe," co-written with Ronnie Dunn. Currently Wiseman's current single, "Love Me If You Can," recorded by Toby Keith is rising up the charts and touching peoples lives as so many of Wiseman's songs do.

Since the opening of Big Loud Shirt, Wiseman has signed three writers, including veteran Chris Tompkins and newcomers Betsy Ulmer, Clay Cumbie and Jared Johnson. Presently, Wiseman has had over 300 cuts and 100 singles. Two of Wiseman's most recent ventures are Big Loud Bucks, a fair and accurate administration and information company, and Big Loud Shirt London, an overseas branch of Big Loud Shirt.

Wiseman serves on the Academy of Country Music Board Of Directors, the Executive Board of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International and ASCAP's Advisory Board. He is active in local charities such as Second Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. He has been married to his wife KK for 13 years.