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Persistence pays off for ‘Voice’ winner

Craig Wayne Boyd was playing anywhere he could in Nashville, as many musicians do.  Music City, USA, is what they call Nashville, Tennessee. Because of that, it attracts many aspiring young musicians, but very few actually make it.

Boyd began his aspirations in 2004, but it wasn’t until he auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014 that he finally found the break he was looking for. It was actually September 30 of 2014 that Boyd debuted on TV’s “The Voice” as a selection of Country music sensation Blake Shelton, who then became his coach and mentor. After many attempts to run him off the show, the public kept coming to Boyd’s rescue and voting him back. In the semifinals, he sang Merle Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues” and “The Old Rugged Cross,” which catapulted him into the finals. On December 16 of last year, Boyd was declared the winner of the seventh season of “The Voice”!

Since last year, he has been on a whirlwind tour of the United States. Shortly after winning, he went on a 65-city tour, sharing his smooth Country voice with many adoring fans. Boyd says he loves to share stories with his songs, and it’s obvious people like to hear those stories. A couple weeks ago, Boyd made an appearance at The Grand Old’ Opry. Before going out on that famed stage, he sat on the side and wept, realizing how hard he has worked to finally get there. “Persistence and perseverance pay off if you don’t give up on yourself,” he stated after that performance.

This newest Country music star will be on stage at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in a few weeks on January 23, 2016.  It should be a Saturday night to remember!  Tickets are still available for this memorable concert. I look for them to start going quickly once we get into the new year.

Our box office is open Monday-Wednesday this week and then will be back to its regular hours beginning January 4 (Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.).  Of course in the land of Internet, the box office is always open 24/7 at NPACVW.ORG.

Million Dollar Quartet (January 31) tickets and Air Supply (February 6) are both nearly sold out. BJ Thomas with the Lima Symphony Orchestra (February 27) is quickly picking up the pace and seats are going fast for this concert too!

We have a whole new season on tap for you to enjoy at the Niswonger starting in January. Twelve outstanding concerts and speakers are on tap through the end of April. I hope you have the opportunity to attend some and share the good news of music, entertainment and inspiration with friends. I will look forward to seeing you soon!


POSTED: 12/30/15 at 8:01 am. FILED UNDER: News