Craig Wayne Boyd Releasing First Full-Length Album Since ‘The Voice’ Win
Boyd's 2017 album Top Shelf serves as his first full-length album release since he was crowned as the reality show's king. The singer says its contents are comparable to whiskey — the new music has a gritty vibe — but is mostly inspired by his wife, Taylor Borland, whom he says symbolizes wine.
“I feel like the album itself — it’s got a little bit of the grit, the whiskey, to it … [but] with my wife now being such an important part of my life, she brought a little bit of sophistication to me,” Boyd tells the Boot about the album.
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Many of the songs on Top Shelf are inspired by Boyd's wife and children. These include titles like “Better Together,” “Stuck in My Head” and “Somewhere in There," the latter of which features harmonies from Borland.
“I did approach this album with an open mind of genre, of music in general … I hope that they do hear me, but we did branch out and push the envelope a little bit,” Boyd explains. “It’s an eclectic album, but also, I feel it’s cohesive because the one common denominator is the twang in my voice and the attitude of the complete album.”
Boyd's first single following his Voice victory, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face," reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 2014. While he was signed to Big Machine Label Group's Dot Records after the show, Top Shelf is being released by Copperline Muisc Group. It is set to drop on Oct. 27.
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