Nashvillians have eagerly, proudly, and with profound support, watched NBC’s The Voice week after week this season, as one of our own Music City talents and now-Nashville resident makes his way closer and closer to the top of the heap on NBC’s The Voice. We watched, our cumulative breath held, as Craig Wayne Boyd, Wildhorse Saloon house-band musician, sang that first time on The Voice, in the hopes that someone – anyone – would take him onto their team. Fellow country music lover and major country music star Blake Shelton (Team Blake) jumped on Boyd’s talent and claimed him for Team Blake right from the start. Boyd, stolen by Team Gwynn and stolen back by Team Blake, has made Shelton, Wildhorse Saloon and every friend, family and fan rooting for him proud, as week after week, he has managed to make it through to the next round. And make it through he certainly did this week – right to the Final Four.
The journey from the top five to Final Four began on Monday, when Boyd took to the stage on The Voice to belt out a couple of songs, hoping to win enough votes to safely land into next week’s finale. His first song , Merle Haggard’s “Working Man’s Blues”, was chosen by coach Blake Shelton, who promised, “You’ve never heard it like this before.” It was clear that Boyd didn’t let his coach down, getting kudos from Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine, along with a beautiful critique from Shelton:
“You’re one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life,” Shelton said. “You take the melody and you absolutely control the song and the performance. You may be one of the guys who comes out of this and becomes a country superstar.”
But, it may have been the old Southern gospel classic The Old Rugged Cross that sent Boyd safely into the Top Four of Season 7 of The Voice. “You gave one of the most passionate, epic vocal performances I have ever heard,” Shelton said. There seems to be only a fine line when it comes to Shelton and Boyd on who is the star and who the fan, definitely a two way street.
Listen to Craig Wayne Shelton’s amazing rendition of The Old Rugged Cross. And don’t forget to watch Monday and Tuesday when the winner of The Voice is chosen.
Next Monday, The Voice Top 4 will perform and the winner will be revealed on the results show on Tuesday. Both of next week’s finale episodes air at 8 p.m on NBC.
“Nashville is the town of dreams, and I’m finally achieving mine in front of America,” Boyd told a local reporter — and don’t forget to vote!