Craig Wayne Boyd is an American country singer and songwriter who released the US Country chart-topping single “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.” He is best known for winning the 7th season of NBC’s series The Voice.
Boyd was born on December 31, 1978, in Mesquite, Texas, USA.
When he was young, Craig played several instruments. During an interview, Boyd recalled:
”Music has been in my life since I was born. My dad was a musician and I started playing instruments at four – playing mandolin was my first instrument.”
Craig went on to say:
”I don’t remember or recall a time in my life when music wasn’t involved with it.”
In 2004, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music.
On June 2, 2008, he released his first album, titled – ”Craig Boyd.”
On March 28, 2013, Craig released his second album, named – ”I Ain’t No Quitter.”
On September 30, 2014, he debuted on the 7th season of The Voice, a singing competition television series that is broadcasted on NBC.
Craig chose Blake Shelton as his coach.
Note – Blake Shelton is an American television personality and country music singer who made his debut with the single “Austin” in 2001. The single spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
During the Live Playoffs, Craig performed “Some Kind of Wonderful.”
For the week of the Top Eight, he sang “Take It Easy” by the Eagles.
For the week of the Semifinals, Craig sang “The Old Rugged Cross.” Later, Craid said The Old Rugged Cross paid homage to his religious upbringing. He said:
”I grew up in a Pentecostal home and I attribute my talents and ability to that.”
Boyd later added:
”I felt like I wanted to give honor where honor was due.”
For the week of the Finals, he sang “Boots On” by Randy Houser as a duet with Blake Shelton. He also performed “In Pictures” by Alabama as his solo song.
On December 16, 2014, he was declared the winner of the competition. Boyd beat out Damien Lawson, Chris Jamison, and Matt McAndrew.
Boyd said in an interview:
”It was a life-changing event. It was an event that will forever be in my life. What a blessing that was!”
”I was able to be in everyone’s living room. At that point, we were the most-watched show of The Voice, since its beginning.”
“My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” was Craig’s coronation single following his victory on The Voice. It debuted at number 1 on the Hot Country and in the top 40 of the Hot 100.
The song was written by Mark Marchetti. Blake Shelton gave Craig the song.
Shortly after winning The Voice, Boyd signed with Dot Records and the Universal Republic.
In addition, he went on a 65 city tour.
In 2015, Boyd opened up for Rascal Flatts during their show in Las Vegas.
In 2017, Craig signed a record deal with Copperline Music Group.
On October 27, 2017, he released an album, entitled – ”Top Shelf.” He said about the album:
”I started out originally with over 20 songs of my own. I kept narrowing them down with the help of a few friends.”
The country musician added:
”Only one of my songs made the record. I wanted this album to be ‘may the best song win.’”
Boyd started his YouTube channel on April 5, 2013. The channel has over 7,500 subscribers.
On April 21, 2016, Boyd got married to Taylor Borland, a model for Wilhelmina. Craig’s assistant and two family members were in attendance.
Craig has a son named Jaxon from a previous relationship.
On December 31, 2015, Boyd and Taylor Borland welcomed a baby girl named Dakota Lynne Boyd.
On December 28, 2017, Craig and Borland welcomed their second child together, a son named Graydon Scott Boyd.
At the time, he wrote on Instagram:
“Tay, Jax, Kota, and I are proud to announce that last night, Graydon Scott was welcomed into our home and hearts!”
He also wrote:
“The last week of December will forever be a huge week in the Boyd Family!”
On August 23, 2019, he uploaded a picture on Instagram that had a sign with the message:
“New Boyd Band Member Coming Soon!”
During a later interview with People, Boyd declared:
“We are so excited about this little guy and the timing couldn’t be more hilarious.”
Boyd went on to say:
“The man upstairs sure does have a sense of humor [the baby’s due date fell the same week as both he and Dakota’s birthday and just three days after Graydon’s birthday].”
They welcomed a baby boy, named Boston James Boyd. at the start of 2020.
The proud father wrote on Instagram:
“On 01/02/2020 at 6:20 CST, 6lbs 10oz, Boston James Boyd made us a family of six and we couldn’t be more excited!”
Boyd is 6 ft (183 cm) tall.
When asked about his message for people, the artist responded:
“I feel like I’m a spokesperson for all of those guys up there who have paid their dues and slugged it out.”
Crag later added:
“If they truly believe in themselves, don’t quit. Find any avenue you can; it will pay off.”