Craig Wayne Boyd has come far since his humble beginnings in Mesquite, Texas.
His music career began in his local church choir, of which he eventually became the director.
Boyd’s dream of being a music star inspired him to travel to Nashville in the early 2000s where he soon acquired a publishing deal with EMI.
Despite this initial good fortune, life ended up throwing Boyd financial curve balls. This, combined with other difficulties, made his pursuit of musical success a virtual impossibility.
However, this was only the end of one era for Boyd. In 2014, after 10 years in Nashville, he took a leap of faith and auditioned for the seventh season of the television show “The Voice.”
Not only did Boyd become a fan favorite on the show, but he ended up being the overall winner.
“Probably one of the reasons that I had not had huge success in Nashville yet is because I always stuck to my guns,” Boyd told Nashville’s The Tennessean shortly before winning. “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.”
Luckily for the Grange Fair, Boyd’s future includes a Grandstand performance. Hit songs he’s likely to play include “My Baby’s Got a Smile on her Face,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “I Walk the Line.”
“I haven’t really had time to think,” Boyd told The Tennessean, referring to his quick rise to fame. “I’ve just been doing. I’ve always had a really strong work ethic, and I’m just taking on each challenge as they come at me. I am hanging on for dear life because it is a whirlwind at the moment. But it’s fun.”