Former ‘The Voice’ Champ Craig Wayne Boyd Forms Country Trio With Two Other Reality TV Show Alumni
In 2014, Craig Wayne Boyd was crowned champion of The Voice’s Season 7, as a member of Team Blake Shelton. Since then, he’s gone on to have a country career in Nashville, hitting the number-one spot at country radio with “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” which he released right after his Voice victory.
Now, Billboard reports that Craig is teaming up with two more former singing competition contestants: The Voice Season 10 runner-up Adam Wakefield and American Idol Season 9 third-place finalist Casey James.
Together, the three solo artists make up new supergroup Texas Hill. The name comes from a bit of shared personal history: Casey and Craig are both native Texans, while Adam, who hails from New Hampshire, grew up on a street called Texas Hill Road.
The three bandmates will still pursue solo careers, but they’re also working on a collaborative album at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios. However, that process has been delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
“The songs we’ve already recorded have a live feel to them and we don’t want to jeopardize that, so it looks like we’re going to just have to wait a little while before we can get us and the other musicians back in a room to jam,” Adam tells Billboard.
In the meantime, they’re giving fans a taste of what’s to come with their new single, “Darkest Sky,” which the band says is especially apropos during the pandemic.
“I sent it to the boys because I felt like it was definitely a message that we could relate to in our own lives and careers —not knowing that the world would be taken by a pandemic a few months later—and it fit right into how we feel about it all,” Craig explains.
By Carena Liptak
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