Craymo. This excellent dude was born Craig Stephen Raymo in Massena, New York, and grew up in nearby Ogdensburg, a quiet little city on the St. Lawrence River bordering Canada. He’s now based in Orlando, FL, and recently submitted his single “Be Myself” for review and I have to say I’m glad he did. I’m familiar with him as an artist already and I remember liking his past music very much.
Craymo – Be Myself
Having said that, this song is a few years old so I’ve been hoping to review a newer single but all in all I still love “Be Myself.” Craymo says the single “is an alternative pop song anti-bullying anthem that is dedicated to anyone who has ever been bullied, teased or made fun of for being different.” Released in 2014, the song made it to #2 on the Euro Indie Music Top 200 Chart and is currently #7 after being on the chart for 56 weeks! Craymo has also graced the screen as you may recognize him from his roles in TV soap operas General Hospital, Days Of Our Lives and most recently in the HBO original film Recount.
Craymo submitted this single to us way back when our business was still named JoSara, Inc. If I remember right we even played it on one of the very first Indie Music LIVE! episodes way back pre episode 5. The song has stood the test of time and I actually like it better than when I first heard it. If it’s not obvious by the title, the tune sends an evolved and mature message and encourages anyone and everyone to be themselves.
As I stated in one our recent Indie Music LIVE!’s “This tune is catchy. It’s just soooo damn catchy.” The production and songwriting are total pop Top 40 radio ready. I would say it leans a little towards ’90s production styles but I enjoy that and it’s a super clean mix. Other listeners may not agree, but I think everyone can get something from this tune. Every time I hear the song I can’t help but instantly sing along with the chorus and you probably will too. This song is more than the music, it’s the message of inclusion that brings it all together.