Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Craig Wiseman began playing music as a child, eventually leading him to play drums professionally. In 1985, Craig 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 One and Only.” 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 second on Billboard magazine's 2002 Top Country Songwriter list and his song, “The Good Stuff,” was credited with being Billboard magazine's 2002 Country Song of the Year. At the 2003 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Country Awards, the song was also awarded Song of the Year honors and Wiseman was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year.
Wiseman also enjoyed an international No. 1 hit with 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 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 fifteen No. 1 country singles, including Kenny Chesney’s “The Good Stuff” and “Summertime,” Tim McGraw’s “The Cowboy In Me” and “Live Like You Were Dying,” and Phil Vassar’s “Just Another Day In Paradise.”
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 Radio & Records (R&R) Country Singles chart for an unprecedented ten weeks and was named Nashville Songwriters Association International (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, he was again named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and “Live Like You Were Dying” was named ASCAPSong of the Year. Wiseman also took home CMA, ACM & ICM Song of the Year honors for the Brooks & Dunn’s single, “Believe,” co-written with Ronnie Dunn.
Since the opening of BIG LOUD SHIRT, Wiseman has signed four writers including veteran Chris Tompkins and newcomers Betsy Ulmer, Clay Cumbie and Jared Johnson. Presently he has over 300 cuts and 100 singles. Two of Wiseman’s most recent ventures are BIG LOUD BUCKS, an administration and information company dedicated to attending to the needs and concerns of songwriters and independent publishers, and BIG LOUD SHIRT LONDON, an overseas branch of BIG LOUD SHIRT.
Wiseman serves on the ACM Board Of Directors, the Executive Board of the NSAI 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.