Tuesday night's finale started with Craig singing "Keep Your Hands To Yourself", and the ever famous "Sweet Home Alabama" with Lynyrd Skynyrd. And the results are in! Craig Wayne Boyd surpassed all the other contestants and made it to the top! It's no surprise, as he rocked songs such as "Take It Easy", "Walk The Line", and "Old Rugged Cross". With impressive vocals, he dazzled both the audience and judges. That brings Team Blake up another win.
Craig started singing and playing the guitar at four-years-old. His love for music only grew from there, and at 25, he finally moved to Nashville to try and kickstart his Country music career. He's played over a thousand shows since then, but never got to that point he wanted to be at. Blake and The Voice changed all that for him. It's obvious Craig and Blake have become very close friends, and it was evident when Craig was announced the winner and they ran to each other for a congratulatory hug.
Craig was actually thinking of quitting recently because his career just wasn't taking off and he wasn't able to pay the bills, but then he gave The Voice a chance, and thankfully he did. This is a dream come true for him. He's very thankful to everyone who helped him along the way, as can be seen by this tweet from last night:
"The Old Rugged Cross" is a very popular hymn that was first written in 1912 by George Bennard. It was made famous in country music by Ernest Tubb in 1952 and then again by Alan Jackson in 2006 on his Precious Memories album. It has been covered by dozens of artists throughout the years and now Craig can be added to that list.
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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
It's shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then he'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where his glory forever I'll share.
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