“The Voice” wrapped up Season 7 Tuesday night with the announcement that contestant Craig Wayne Boyd was the winner of the 2014 singing competition. The announcement came after a night of stellar performances from both this season’s contestants and some celebrity guests.
Boyd beat Damien (4th place), Chris Jamison (3rd place), and Matt McAndrew (runner-up). In addition to his newfound fame, and some very positive exposure, the country and rock-leaning singer brought home the $100,000 grand prize and a record deal with Universal Music Group. Boyd closed out the show by singing his first original single, which he debuted on the show the night before, “My Baby’s Got a Smile On Her Face.” The song was gifted to him by his coach and team mentor, Blake Shelton.
“There has never been a more deserving person to hold that trophy than Craig Wayne Boyd,” Shelton said of the singer after the results were read live.
Originating from Nashville, Tennessee, Boyd began playing guitar at four years old. Since then, he hasn’t stopped performing. According to his bio on the NBC show’s website, he had played more than 1,000 shows before making his way onto “The Voice" Season 7. Apparently, he needed something big, like a national television show, to help him breakout in the way he deserves. Hopefully winning a trophy from the hit NBC competition will be enough to get his career in full swing.
This season featured a powerhouse of talent, which was evident after some of the Season 7 contestants took the stage to perform once more during the finale. Joining “The Voice” former performers onstage were their celebrity judges, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Celebrities such as Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Fall Out Boy and Lynyrd Skynyrd, also joined in the finale fun.
Craig Wayne Boyd’s name joins six other talented singers who have also been deemed NBC's "The Voice." Previous winners include: Josh Kaufman, Tessanne Chin, Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope, Jermaine Paul, and Javier Colon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Voice” will return for an eighth season. Replacing Gwen Stefani as a judge will be former star Christina Aguilera. Shelton, Levine and Williams will reportedly return.