The winner of the seventh season's "The Voice," Craig Wayne Boyd, has Billboard's Hot Country Song Chart's throne as his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" debuts at #1. Garth Brooks with his 2007'S "More than a Memory" is the only other country artist to have a song debut at the pinnacle.
It has taken Boyd 11 of years to receive such success. Over the course of his career, there were many times Boyd wanted to give up. But thank God for his faith and preseverence. "I feel like I'm a spokesperson for all of those guys who have paid their dues and slugged it out. If they truly believe in themselves, don't quit. Find any avenue you can; it will pay off."
And in appreciation of how God had acted in his life, Boyd has also rended a version of the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" which is also standing high on the charts too.
But "My Baby's" and "Cross" are not the only songs to make their marks on the charts. Boyd's cover of Alabama's "In Pictures" enters Country Digital Songs at No. 3 (30,000) and Hot Country Songs at No. 28.His take on Randy Houser's "Boots On" (which hit No. 2 on Hot Country Songs in 2009) with Voice coach (and his mentor on the show) Blake Shelton enters Country Digital Songs at No. 9 (23,000) and Hot Country Songs at No. 33.
Boyd also collects the Hot Shot Debut on Top Country Albums at No. 35 with The Voice: The Complete Season 7 Collection, which starts with 4,000 copies sold. No. 1 on Top Country Albums? Brooks, whose Man Against Machine returns for a fifth week on top (2-1) as the chart's Greatest Gainer (81,000, up 32 percent].