While you may never have heard of Craig Toungate, chances are good that you have heard his voice singing in national commercials for Nissan, Southwest Airlines, Applebee’s and others. Or maybe from children’s recordings, as Craig has been a featured singer on 31 recordings released by Disney since 1997, singing everything from character voices to Rock n’ Roll, including a rap song as the Big Bad Wolf, and a duet with Mickey Mouse. Producer Gary Powell, who has over 100 Disney projects to his credit.
Craig, a Round Rock, Texas native has been playing solo and in various bands since he was 13. He started out with his school buddies playing for school dances and talent shows, but was soon working in the fertile club scene in nearby Austin, working at legendary clubs such as the Skyline, Split Rail, the Shorthorn, the Cricket Club, Soap Creek Saloon, the Broken Spoke, and Liberty Lunch. Craig developed his singing and guitar talents playing Rock n’ Roll, Country, Jazz, and Western Swing, with bands like Cactus Jack, The Almost Brothers, The All Star Swing Revue, and Ro-Tel & The Hot Tomatoes, a group he served for 8 years as band leader, and musical director.