‘The Voice’ Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Almost Gave Up on Music Career
The 35-year-old Boyd moved to Nashville a decade ago from his hometown of Mesquite, Texas. He released albums in 2008 and 2013 -- the former with a label, the latter independently -- and played over 1,000 shows trying to make a name for himself, but his musical dreams didn't seem to be working out.
"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 (quote via USA Today). "And him telling me, 'Dude, you can't do that.'"
Little did Boyd know, his big break was just around the corner.
"And then, randomly, the opportunity [came] up to go audition a few months out for 'The Voice,'" he says, "and I was like, 'You know what? You ought to go do that.'"
Needless to say, it worked out pretty well. As the new 'The Voice' champion, Boyd, who is the father of a toddler son, receives $100,000 and a recording contract.
"Probably one of the reasons that I had not had huge success in Nashville yet is because I always stuck to my guns," Boyd tells Nashville's Tennessean. "What's great [about] going to 'The Voice' is, I sing those songs that I would want to put on an album, and America loved that. That's what's kept me around, and I'm looking forward to the future."
The 'My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face' singer also now has Shelton, an invaluable resource, in his corner. The country star is an excellent champion for his former contestants -- Gwen Sebastian, for example, who Shelton featured on 'My Eyes.'
"I know how much he's put into this competition firsthand, but I'm also aware of how much he's put into trying to make it as an artist in the music industry and the struggles and the ups and mostly the downs that he's had," Shelton says of Boyd. "All the doors shut in his face, the carpet yanked out from under him ... There has never been a more deserving person to hold that trophy than Craig Wayne Boyd, as far as paying dues."