Craig Seymour, a native Washingtonian, is an acclaimed journalist who has been writing about music for more than two decades. He has written for The Washington PostEntertainment WeeklyVibePasteSpin, and other publications. He has also served as Pop Music Critic for The Buffalo News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Many of his writings on black music can be found at


Throughout his career, he has interviewed Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, TLC, Chaka Khan, En Vogue, Luther Vandross, and others.


He is the author of the biography Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross (HarperCollins, 2004), which was nominated for Best Biography by the Georgia Writers Association and Best Research in Recorded Rhythm & Blues, Soul or Gospel Music by the Association for Recorded Sound Research.


His journalistic research materials are housed as “The Craig Seymour Collection” at Indiana University's Archives of African American Music and Culture. 


Although he is a high school dropout and earned a General Education Diploma, Craig holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. He formerly served as Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Associate Professor of Journalism at Northern Illinois University.


In addition to the biography of Luther Vandross, Craig has written two other books: the memoir, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washinton, D.C. (Atria, 2008) and the novel, Who's Your Daddy? (Craig's Pop Life Books, 2017).


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