Craig Wayne Boyd, the grandson of Shirley Cater of Monticello, won NBC’s The Voice competition Tuesday night. Boyd will receive a record deal and $100,000.
The 35-year-old country singer has a number of family members in Southeast Arkansas and attends annual family reunions in Monticello. He is the grandson of Shirley Cater, nephew of Mark Cater, and the great nephew of Herbert and Donna Bradley and Bobby Bostain, all of Monticello. He is also the great nephew of J.B. Bostain of Rye and Virginia Daughtery of Warren.
“The family wants to thank all those who have voted, downloaded Craig’s songs and who have supported and cheered him on the last couple of months,” said Boyd’s uncle Mark Cater.
The Voice, which airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC, is a singing competition in which unusually talented, but undiscovered artists are mentored by four of the country’s top artists, including country music star Blake Shelton, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, music producer Pharrell Williams and pop star Gwen Stefani. Initially, the contestants are selected by the celebrity coaches and later through public voting by downloading their song from itunes, calling a toll free number, tweeting, texting or online at nbc.com’s Voice website or Facebook page.
Boyd’s performance of “The Old Rugged Cross” has already earned him more than one million views on YouTube and was one of the top 10 downloads on itunes last week. His debut single “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” also shot to the top 10 on the itunes chart.
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