After weeks of nearly getting cut, then getting cut by his own coach, and then another stealing him back, Craig Wayne Boyd won season seven of The Voice Tuesday. Born in Mesquite, Boyd performed "The Whiskey Ain't Working" during his blind audition, prompting coaches Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams to turn their chairs. Ultimately, Boyd chose fellow country artist Shelton as his coach.
During the battle rounds, Boyd went up against fellow contestant James David Carter, singing a Pat Green number. Shelton chose Carter over Boyd.
Thinking it was all said and done, Boyd said his goodbyes on national TV. However, coach Gwen Stefani was secretly brewing a different plan. Primarily a pop and reggae musician, Stefani swooped in to steal country singer Boyd. Even if she couldn't advise him on the country music industry, she could give him a makeover. Stefani seemed to understand something the other coaches didn't: The Voice isn't just about the voice.
Armed with a new look and shorter 'do, Boyd went up against reggae singer Anita Antoinette in a knockout round, but that time Stefani stuck with an artist in a genre she's more knowledgable about.
With one more steal available in his back pocket, Shelton stole Boyd back. "One steal, I thought was amazing. Two steals, impossible. Impossible just happened," Boyd told the camera.
Now dubbed as the "Comeback King" by some NBC promotions, Boyd faced off with three other male competitors in the finale. The first night of the finale, he performed Randy Houser's "Boots On" with Shelton, a unique opportunity considering he had opened for Houser in years past.
But after weeks of performing covers of other artists' songs, the contestants were finally given the opportunity to record and perform an original song. Boyd performed "My Baby's Got a Smile On Her Face," a song Shelton himself had been carrying around, but never felt comfortable enough to record. Boyd did record it, along with a music video, and the song is now sitting pretty at No. 6 on the iTunes charts.
The finale part-two included a duet with Lynyrd Skynyrd on their legendary hit "Sweet Home Alabama." He was then named the winner, putting coach Adam Levine's Matt McAndrew in second place.
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It's a bit of an underdog story for Boyd -- him losing, then coming back, then losing again, then coming back again -- until you remember Boyd is Shelton's fourth win. The Voice is a game Shelton has mastered again and again. With a coach who's the reigning Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year and a competition win, it will be easy for Boyd to gain a headstart in the country music industry.
Either way, congrats to Boyd. Dallas is awfully proud this morning.
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