Craig Wayne Boyd
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Craig Wayne Boyd
Craig Wayne Boyd
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Craig Wayne Boyd in 2014
Background information
Craig Wayne Boyd[1]
Born 1978/1979 (age 38-39)[2]
Mesquite, Texas, United States
Genres
Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
2004-present
Labels
Blake Shelton
Website http://www.craigwayneboyd.com/

Craig Wayne Boyd is an American country singer and songwriter. A native of Dallas, Texas, Boyd is based out of and resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He is best known for winning Season 7 of NBC's reality TV singing competition The Voice as a part of Blake Shelton's team.

Early life

Boyd was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas, suburb of Mesquite. He grew up influenced by gospel and country music. He played many instruments as a youth. He was also his church's choir director.

Career

Early years

Boyd moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 25 in 2004 to pursue a career in country music. Boyd was signed to a publishing deal with EMI. He spent many years songwriting. Boyd began touring, opening for acts such as Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Brantley Gilbert.

The Voice (2014)

On September 30, 2014, Boyd debuted on seventh season of The Voice. During his Blind Audition, Boyd sang "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart. Two coaches (Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams) turned around. Boyd chose Blake Shelton as his coach. During the Battle Rounds, Boyd was paired with James David Carter to sing "Wave on Wave"" by Pat Green. Coach Shelton chose Carter over Boyd, but Boyd was saved by Coach Gwen Stefani. In the Knockout Rounds, Boyd was paired with Anita Antoinette. Boyd sang "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band. Boyd lost the round, but was stolen back by Coach Shelton and advanced to the Live Playoffs. During the Live Playoffs, Boyd sang "Some Kind of Wonderful" and was saved by the Public's votes to advance to the Top 12. For the week of the Top 12, Boyd performed "You Look So Good in Love" by George Strait. Boyd was saved by the public's votes. For the week of the Top 10, Boyd performed "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. Boyd was saved by the public vote with his performance in the Top 10 of the iTunes Chart. For the week of the Top Eight, Boyd performed "Take It Easy" by the Eagles. Boyd was saved by the public vote and advanced to the Top Five. For the week of the Semifinals, Coach Shelton picked "Workin' Man Blues" by Merle Haggard for Boyd to sing and Boyd also sang "The Old Rugged Cross" which was in the iTunes Top 10. Boyd advanced to the finals. For the week of the Finals, Boyd performed three songs. He performed "In Pictures" by Alabama as his solo song. He performed "Boots On" by Randy Houser as a duet with his coach Blake Shelton. He also performed an original song called "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face". The song was written for Shelton, but he decided to give it to Boyd. The song is Boyd's debut single.[3]

Boyd was declared the winner on December 16, 2014, giving Blake Shelton's team its fourth win out of the seven Seasons.[4]

Shortly after winning the show and signing with Universal Republic and Dot Records, Boyd played at the Grand Ole Opry and went on 65 city tour.[5][6] His debut album is to be released sometime in 2015. In early May 2015, following 6 weeks of rumors, it was reported that Boyd parted ways with Dot. He tweeted that "it's called I ASK off of the label....". Boyd released one single under Dot records "My Baby's Got A Smile On Her Face", which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs before falling off that chart with a 94% drop in sales the next week.. His second single "I'm Still Here" was released to iTunes under his own imprint - Long Haul Records. The song peaked at #35 on the Billboard Digital charts. [7]

Craig Wayne Boyd is starting 2017 fresh with a new record deal with Copperline Music Group. The deal will also have the singer collaborating with Reviver Entertainment Group for radio promotion and BDG/RED for distribution. Top Shelf was released on October 27 via the Copperline Music Group.

     - Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart Sept. 30, 2014 4.7 Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton turned
Joined Team Blake
Battles (Top 48) "Wave on Wave" (vs. James David Carter) Pat Green Oct. 13, 2014 7.4 Defeated
Stolen by Gwen Stefani
Knockouts (Top 32) "Can't You See" (vs. Anita Antoinette) The Marshall Tucker Band Nov. 3, 2014 13.7 Defeated
Stolen by Blake Shelton
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "Some Kind of Wonderful" Soul Brothers Six Nov. 10, 2014 15.10 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 12 "You Look So Good in Love" George Strait Nov. 17, 2014 18.10
Live Top 10 "I Walk the Line" Johnny Cash Nov. 24, 2014 20.6
Live Top 8 "Take It Easy" Eagles Dec. 1, 2014 22.2
Live Top 5 (Semi-Finals) "Workin' Man Blues" Merle Haggard Dec. 8, 2014 24.2
"The Old Rugged Cross" George Bennard 24.8
Live Finale (Final 4) "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" Craig Wayne Boyd Dec. 15, 2014 26.2 Winner
"Boots On" (with Blake Shelton) Randy Houser 26.5
"In Pictures" Linda Davis 26.9

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

Title Details
Craig Boyd
I Ain't No Quitter
  • Release date: March 28, 2013
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: CD, music download
Top Shelf
  • Release date: October 27, 2017
  • Label: Copperline Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
US
Country
US CAN
"My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" 2014 1 34 45 The Voice:
The Complete
Season 7 Collection
"I'm Still Here" 2015 -- -- -- None Album Release
"Stuck in My Head" 2017 Top Shelf
"Better Together" 2018

Releases from The Voice

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US
The Voice: The Complete Season 7 Collection 35 41

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
US
Country
US CAN
"The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" 2014 -- -- -- The Voice:
The Complete
Season 7
Collection
"Wave on Wave"
(with James David Carter)
-- -- -- non-album single
"Can't You See" -- -- -- The Voice:
The Complete
Season 7
Collection
"Some Kind of Wonderful" -- -- --
"You Look So Good in Love" 35 -- --
"I Walk the Line" 15 84 80
"Take It Easy" 31 --[A] --
"Workin' Man Blues" 37 -- --
"The Old Rugged Cross" 7 59 --
"Boots On"
(with Blake Shelton)
33 -- --
"In Pictures" 28 --[B] --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes

  1. ^ "Take It Easy" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at No. 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  2. ^ "In Pictures" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at No. 6 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

References

  1. ^ "Craig Wayne Boyd Biography". Buddytv.com. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Yahr, Emily (December 17, 2014). "'The Voice' finale: Why Craig Wayne Boyd was never an underdog". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Craig Wayne Boyd, 'My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face'". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Ashley Lee (2014-12-16). "'The Voice' Season 7 Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Named: Recap". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "'The Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Set for Opry Debut". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Gabel, Sue (February 14, 2015). "Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of 'The Voice' live at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom". axs.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ B, Deb (May 5, 2015). "UPDATED: 'Voice' 7 Winner Craig Wayne Boyd No Longer Signed To Dot Records/Big Machine Label Group". mjsbigblog.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d "'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2014-12-03). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: December 3, 2014". RoughStock. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b "Top 30 Digital Singles - December 17, 2014 - Google Sheets". Docs.google.com. 2014-12-17. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2014-12-17). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of December 17, 2014". RoughStock. Retrieved . 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Josh Kaufman
The Voice (U.S.)
Winner

2014 (Fall)
Succeeded by
Sawyer Fredericks
Preceded by
"Set Fire to the Rain"
The Voice (U.S.)
Winner's song
"My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face"

2014 (Fall)
Succeeded by
"Please"

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