Craig Aven is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary voice and songwriting ability. His ultimate passion is to write songs that encourage, lift up, and move a generation to experience a life of freedom found only in Jesus. Being a graduate of Teen Challenge Cincinnati, a discipleship program that helps men overcome life-controlling issues such as drugs and alcohol, Craig knows first hand the freedom that a relationship with Jesus brings. Worshiping God is his passion, and it is reflected in the heartfelt lyrics of every song that pours out from his soul.
He has lead worship in India, Belize, the Philippines, and has also spent summers in Mexico organizing praise and worship events for Back2Back Ministries. In 2005, he founded Mercy Street Ministries with the desire to train and equip artists to be worshipers.
Most recently, Craig’s music has been connecting deeply with millions of people worldwide through social media. Great Physician, a song written by he and his wife as a prayer for the nation, continues to resonate with many who long to see revival in our land. Craig has been invited several times by Dr. Ben Carson to perform the song at his speaking engagements. Not long after that song went viral, he released another one he had written after his wife miscarried for the second time. His song Perfect Way To Start, has brought comfort to millions, especially those who have experienced heartache over the loss of a child. Within a week, it had been shared 100,000 times.
Craig has written with songwriters such as Tommy Walker, T.W. Hale, Buddy Mullins, (formerly from The Gaither Vocal Band) and has opened for Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Cindy Morgan, Skillet, Russ Lee and others. He has performed with Newsong, and has appeared on TBN with artists such as CeCe Winans, Jonathan Butler, Martha Munizzi and Calvin Nowell. His song Without Faith, was performed for George W. and Laura Bush for nearly 50,000 people when he was only 22 years old.
Craig has recorded five projects, working with such producers as Kent Humphrey, Christopher Harris, Linda McCrary, Derek Williams and others who have worked with top artists including Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, Whitney Houston, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Israel Houghton, Delirious?, and Steven Curtis Chapman. His most recent projects, Satisfied In You and Every Part Of Me, include all original works that were written out of places of desperation and deep liberation.
Craig, his wife Tess, and their three children live in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the worship pastor at their local church, and together they run a full time, traveling music ministry.