Turns out Blake Shelton is something of a prophet.
“Team Adam [Levine] has a 75 percent chance of winning this thing, but Team Adam doesn’t have Craig Wayne Boyd,” the country superstar said Monday on The Voice. “I like our odds. I like an underdog.”
The odds turned out to be in Mesquite native Boyd and Shelton’s favor, as Craig Wayne Boyd won the seventh season of The Voice on Tuesday night.
His victory came at the close of a star-studded two-hour finale, which featured Boyd performing with Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as fellow season seven competitors DaNica Shirey, Sugar Joans and Taylor Brashears.
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Boyd’s debut single, My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face, is available for purchase now, and he’ll appear today on Today and the Tonight Show.
This season of The Voice was unprecedented in terms of North Texas talent.
Five artists who were either born in the area or still live here made it all the way to the live shows, where the viewing public (The Voice averaged about 11 million viewers week to week) would vote for their favorites. Along with Boyd, Reagan James, Luke Wade, Taylor Phelan and Kelli Douglas all competed for votes, with James and Wade making it into the top 10.
James and Wade will perform locally in 2015. James has booked a Jan. 3 date at the Live Oak (tickets are on sale now at www.theliveoak.com).
Wade, who has signed with talent agency Fleming Artists, will perform today at 103.7 FM KVIL’s “Not So Silent Night” holiday concert at Dallas’ South Side Ballroom (sharing the bill with Train, Daughtry and Blue October, among others), and will also make an appearance singing Christmas carols, alongside Josh Weathers and Charlie Pride, on Thursday at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Wade is also set to appear Dec. 23 at University Park Village, and close out 2014 with a free New Year’s Eve show Dec. 31 in Sundance Square with fellow Voice veterans Dawn and Hawkes. The Dublin-born, Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter has plans for an extensive tour in the early part of 2015, including a Jan. 8 stop at Dallas’ Trees and a Jan. 28 appearance at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Preston Jones, 817-390-7713