Craig Wayne Boyd Covers Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, on ‘The Voice’ [Watch]
During the Monday night (Dec. 9) Top 5 performances on 'The Voice,' Craig Wayne Boyd took on not one, but two country covers.
Boyd sang Merle Haggard's 'Workin' Man Blues' -- a song handpicked for him by coach Blake Shelton -- in addition to the Alan Jackson hymn, 'The Old Rugged Cross.' As he is every week, the contestant was a crowd-pleaser from the moment he took the stage.
Was the crowd ready for some "honky-tonking?" Boyd asked them. The answer? A resounding yes. And as he does every week, Boyd put his own spin on Haggard's original version of the tune, giving it a fresh face.
He sang, sans guitar, in front of a brightly-colored moving background that truly made his performance over the top -- in a good way. Boyd interacted with the crowd, paying attention to their reactions as he sang. After his performance, coaches Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani both seemed pleased, with the Maroon 5 frontman noting that Boyd truly knows who he is ,adding that "being so consistent" is "hard to do, ever, let alone on this show."
For Boyd's second performance was a hymn that was written by George Bernnard and covered by a number of people, including Jackson, and for this one, he stuck close to the original nature of the tune, which showed his vast vocal talent. It was an orchestral cover that all of the judges seemed to be pleased with. Levine again noted how Boyd was able to show a different, yet still very talented, side of himself.
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