Craig Wayne Boyd to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut in January
Boyd, who was on Blake Shelton's team, has been busy since being named the latest winner of the singing competition on Dec. 16, which means his success hasn't entirely set in yet.
"I haven't really had time to think," he tells Nashville's Tennessean. "I've just been doing. I've always had a really strong work ethic, and I'm just taking on each challenge as they come at me. I am hanging on for dear life because it is a whirlwind at the moment. But it's fun."
The Texas native's debut single, 'My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face,' is already climbing the charts. His string of successes is a sharp contrast to last year at this time, when he was ready to give up.
“I remember, a little more than a year ago, sitting in a pickup outside of a club after I had played to basically no one and talking to my drummer and saying, ‘Listen, I may have to quit because it’s not paying my bills, and I’m losing my house. I lost my pickup. I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Boyd recalls. “And him telling me, ‘Dude, you can’t do that.’”