Since 1995, Cloud Cult has crafted sprawling, cathartic albums that have won them the attention of the New York Times, MTV, Spin, Billboard and a devoted following of fans. During that time, the band grew from the solo project of singer/songwriter Crain Minowa to include the rock band along with violin, cello, trumpet, trombone and Frech horn. Two live painters create original artwork on stage during each performance. The band has remained independent for the past decade and a half in favor of keeping total control of the ethical aspects of their music and business, despite enticing offers from notable major labels. In the process, Cloud Cult has sold over 100,00 albums out of lead singer/songwriter Craig Minowa's organic hobby farm.