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Country Singer Craig Wayne Boyd Tears it up on “The Voice”

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Folks, I’ve never before written a blog about NBC’s “The Voice,” but tonight, it’s warranted. After watching singer Craig Wayne Boyd sing the Hell out of the song “Some Kind of Wonderful,” I had to come straight here and discuss what I’d just heard.

For those of you new to “The Voice,” it’s a show featuring singers who haven’t yet broken through to a wide audience. Craig Wayne Boyd is a man in his prime with a great big baritone voice, a huge stage presence, and charisma to burn. He’s someone who once you listen to him, you’ll wonder why he isn’t already a huge star — because my goodness, he ought to be.

I’ve seen two good articles explaining what Craig Wayne Boyd did tonight; the first is an overview of the entire show by writer Vicki Hyman for, complete with links to the video performance, and the second is by Kenny Green for, which discusses Craig Wayne Boyd in-depth and gives this excellent quote from coach Blake Shelton (who was talking directly to Mr. Boyd) during tonight’s airing of “The Voice:”

“I am going to go ahead and call it. That was the performance of the night, dude. That was so much power and muscle in your voice and just your stage presence. You got passed around, and that was stupid on my part. I can’t believe I got the chance to have you back,” Shelton said. “You are beating the odds every time you got out here and I think America is going ‘holy crap,’ this dude is the real deal.”

I agree with Blake Shelton, though I have thought from the beginning of this year’s season of “The Voice” that Craig Wayne Boyd was a potential power to be reckoned with. I didn’t say anything until now, though, for two reasons:

1) You never know how a musician is going to perform under pressure until he goes out and takes the stage. This is the most pressure-packed gig Mr. Boyd has ever had; to boot, he was placed in the final position, which could’ve sapped his strength.

Instead, he kicked serious butt.

2) While I was extremely impressed with Mr. Boyd throughout the previous rounds, because he has been coached by two different vocalists (Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton), I wasn’t sure what to think of that.

Now, I think Mr. Boyd actually got the better end of that deal, because he has not one but two coaches in his corner. And with both of them, Mr. Boyd impressed them with his professionalism, his attention to detail, and his willingness to take direction. (It was at Ms. Stefani’s urging that Mr. Boyd cut his hair, for example, and got rid of his fringed jacket for a more modern one in black leather instead.)

Remember this name: Craig Wayne Boyd. He’s taken what could’ve been lemons in having two different coaches with two disparate approaches and learned from both. And he’s come out the other side with an even greater and richer musical palette to work with…I just can’t say enough about this man, and I hope he continues on “The Voice” for weeks to come.


Before I forget, Adam Levine and his group Maroon 5 also performed their controversial song, “Animals” at the top of “The Voice.” (I’ve already weighed in with my take on this song previously; let’s just say I prefer the version they did on Saturday Night Live, but this one was fine, too.)

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  1. Craig is good. As far as having blake as a coach first, getting saved by gwen? then having Gwen drop him and getting picked back up by Blake? Blake was kicking the crap out of himself after dropping during battle rounds. He held on, to his one steal in the knockouts til that last night because he was hoping to get Craig back. Andhe wanted him back, in the worst way.


    November 11, 2014 at 1:26 am

    • WordPress ate the first part of my comment, so let’s try it again.

      Maybe in the end this was the best possible thing that could’ve happened to Craig. It certainly helped him to stand out in my eyes, though his powerful voice had already made quite an impression…and as for stealing Craig right back? I was very happy he waited until the end to take Craig back. (I think if Blake hadn’t had that steal, it’s likely Gwen would’ve kept him, though. I think Gwen was in a good place either way.)

      I don’t blame Blake at all, mind, for his initial choice. James is a good singer, too.

      My main problem with James, though, is that he doesn’t seem to have the electricity of Craig — James reminds me more of Garth Brooks in a mellow mood. (Nothing wrong with that, but it won’t excite the crowd unless you’re really in the mood for that.)

      I’m someone who normally listens to a ton of what used to be called alternative rock (now, I haven’t a clue what they call it; ’90s rock, maybe?), and yet because I understand blues and gospel because of my jazz training, I truly enjoyed what Craig Wayne Boyd did.

      Granted, I haven’t a clue why Blake put Craig up against James in the first place; his stated reason was that he felt he only had room for one male “mature” vocalist on his team, I think. But in the end, going to Gwen for a week (or two, or however many it is between the battle round and the knockouts) may become a turning point for Craig precisely because he showed his professionalism and commitment as an artist to two different coaches. (And those two couldn’t be more different as far as vocal styles go, but they both saw something unique and relevant. Which I agree with — there’s something universal that Craig’s doing, and if he keeps up at this high of a level or keeps improving, who knows how far he’ll go in life?)

      Barb Caffrey

      November 11, 2014 at 1:36 am

  2. I agree about Wayne – he’s fantastic! I got home last night in time to see the final three singers, and I only voted for two: Wayne and Damien. I’m a big fan of The Voice, and the talent is just incredible, season after season.

    Linda McLaughlin

    November 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed his performance, too. It was a barn-burner, wasn’t it? 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      November 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

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