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Meet Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake on The Voice

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Craig Wayne Boyd His audition: Craig Wayne Boyd, 35, of Nashville, Tenn., auditioned with Travis Tritt’s “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.” His big voice and country-rock vibe prompted chair turns from Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams. Pharrell liked the original touches he added to the song. Blake liked the edge in his performance. Craig Wayne opted to join Team Blake.

His background: Craig Wayne says he always knew he wanted to play music. After high school, he honed his skills in local rock bands in Texas. But he says all his friends told him he had too much twang in his voice to be a rocker, so he headed off to Nashville. He’s now been a full-time musician for more than 11 years “and busted my head against the wall and gotten so close, and it’s been right there for me to grab and yet circumstances have cause those things to not happen.” Now he’s hoping to kickstart his career in part because of his 2-year-old son, Jackson Wayne. “He’s my little rock star,” Craig Wayne said.

What the show didn’t show: The former rocker and current country rebel actually got his start in church and, at one point, served as a church choir director, according to his Facebook bio. In a conference call with the media, Craig Wayne explained that he grew up in a Pentecostal home and a spirit church. The biggest musical lesson from the experience: “You just put every bit of your heart and your soul” into what you sing. He later became a touring musician and worked in Nashville as a songwriter. He’s also opened for the likes of Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Brantley Gilbert. Want to hear some Craig Wayne Boyd music? Well, you’re not restricted to covers. He released a self-titled album in 2010 and a 13-track CD in 2013 called “I Ain’t a Quitter.” Two fine tracks from the latter are embedded below. One of the best songs on the album is “Country Kind of Things,” which features vocals from former Voice contestant Shauna P. In his Voice video, Craig Wayne says he’s had his ups and downs in Nashville and is hoping The Voice is the vehicle that can help make the big time. “Up until this past year, I was playing 240 dates a year, all over the country, traveling around in a 15-passenger van with five other sweaty dudes. I’ve been back and forth (in country music), almost to the top, seeing it, but not being able to grasp it.” He says his music is a mix of the gospel and bluegrass influences he grew up with.

Update:
Blind audition: Turned a pair of chairs singing Travis Tritt’s “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.”
Battle round: Lost to James David Carter, but was so impressive performing “Wave on Wave” that he was stolen by Gwen Stefani.
Knockout round: Lost to Anita Antoinette, but sang the Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” so well he was stolen back by Blake Shelton.
Live playoffs: He sang Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind of Wonderful.” His cover hit number 59 on the iTunes singles chart and number seven on the site’s country chart. He was voted into the finals.
Top 12: He sang George Strait’s “You Look So Good in Love.” The song hit number 11 on the iTunes overall chart and number one on the site’s country singles chart. He was voted into the Top 10.
Top 10: He sang Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” and scored another number one country hit on iTunes. The song landed at number six overall, earning him bonus points toward the finale. He was voted into the Top 8.
Top 8: He sang the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.” It marked his third straight Voice single to land at number one on the iTunes country chart. The song hit number 12 on the site’s overall chart. Craig Wayne was voted into the Top 5.
Top 5: He scored the biggest iTunes hit of the week with “The Rugged Old Cross,” which finished at number two on iTunes. He landed at number 23 on iTunes with “Workin’ Man Blues.”
The finals: His new single, “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” landed at number two on iTunes (bested only by Matt McAndrew’s single) and number one on the country chart. His cover of “In Pictures” landed at number 13 on iTunes; and his “Boots On” duet with Blake Shelton wound up at number 16. They were number two and number three, respectively, on iTunes country chart, giving Craig the top three spots on that chart when voting ended. He was crowned the Season 7 champ.

On iTunes: The aforementioned releases and his Voice performances.

Keeping up with Craig Wayne Boyd:
Twitter: @CWBYall
Facebook
YouTube

Pre-Voice

“Learning to Dance” (from his 2013 album)

“Blood, Sweat and Beeer” (from his 2013 album)

“Old Rugged Cross” (cover)

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15 Comments

  1. Debbie December 10, 2014 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Craig, You go man. You got the looks, the voice the whole nine yards then some. I’m rooting for you to win the voice and maybe someday I can go on it and work with Mr. Blake. Love that man. He’s great. I’ve always wanted to sing but people put me down. I know I could do it. My Grandma always used to tell me ” Debbie you’ve got a good voice. Do something with it. I’m hearing impaired but that doesn’t stop this old gal from anything especially singing. Put the good word in for me and maybe someday I can sing with you and Blake. Good luck to you. You’ve got my vote. Luv, Debbie

  2. Debbie December 10, 2014 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    I’ll be waiting to hear from you Craig. Good Luck.

  3. Barbie Phillips December 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    You go boy the old rugged cross blew me away so beautiful ya got my vote

  4. Cynthia Michon December 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    My maiden name was Cynthia Boyd I want you to win so bad good luck

  5. Cynthia Michon December 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Good luck Craig from Cynthia Boyd my maiden name maybe we are related

  6. Debbie December 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    I want Craig Wayne Boyd to win from The Voice because he Deserves to win, and I Love the way he wears his hair and I love the way he sings and Craig Wayne Boyd is my hero is
    Craig Wayne Boyd middle name Wayne

  7. Mary howflicker December 17, 2014 at 1:14 am -  Reply

    You did it buddy. I’m glad your dream is coming true we all knew you were the best, and naturally professional. You were already there. I’m glad the show has offered you the opportunity you needed.

  8. Connie December 17, 2014 at 1:33 am -  Reply

    congrats to you craig!! I have been voting for you from day one! you are the best I ever heard! I love you

  9. Connie December 17, 2014 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    cant wait to buy your CD. So hurry up and get one together

  10. Connie December 17, 2014 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    congrats to you craig!! I have been voting for you from day one! you are the best I ever heard! I love you. cant wait to buy your CD. so hurry up and get one together

  11. Nancy Johnson December 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    I have never voted for anyone on The Voice…but I voted for you! I think you are the real deal! Love, Love, Love to hear you sing and watch you perform! Congratulations on your win! I will be looking for your album to come out!

  12. Ellen December 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    When you make your first album, I sure hope your rendition of “The Old Rugged Cross” is on it!! I LOVE that song and you renewed it!!! Kudos to you, for using “The Voice” platform to bring that song to the nation!

  13. Susan Maurer December 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    We are so happy that you won and voted for you. We wish you many blessings in your future.

  14. janette thomas December 21, 2014 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Craig Its Janette from NY. I am so Thankful that Everybody that voted for you is keeping
    up with you. You started out strong, and ended 10 times stronger. Blake knows his
    stuff. I adore him and Miranda. Followed him, and her from the beginning. Please
    know that us Country Western Lovers are there for you for a lifetime.
    Good Luck big time, and I’ll be waiting for your first CD.
    Merry Christmas Craig, All we want for Christmas is YOU!

  15. DARLENE January 3, 2015 at 3:26 am -  Reply

    Congrats Craig. I loved your rendition of walk the line. I am a fan. Best of luck to you.

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