Album Review: Craig Wayne Boyd - “Top Shelf”

Three years after winning Season Seven of “The Voice,” the fiercely-independent artist finally delivers “Top Shelf,” the album fans have been waiting for.

Even winning The Voice didn’t take Craig Wayne Boyd out of the ranks of the independent world. Well, it did for a minute but if Craig Wayne Boyd knew anything about his time on the tv talent program, it was that he knew what kind of artist he is and that’s one who delivers songs that suit his powerful vocal and straddle the southern rock/country soul lane he has always sounded the best in. And nobody, not big label partners, were gonna change him into something he wasn't. Now we have Top Shelf, a delightful collection of songs which pitch Craig Wayne Boyd as the modern day Ronnie Milsap.

Using his powerful vocals, Craig Wayne Boyd rolls through tender well-written country soul ballads like “Wild Ways” and “Better Together” while his soul-bearing vocal comes through on the jam “Everywhere You Go” and opener/single “Stuck In My Head.” Add in some sweet country pop melodies of “Somewhere In There” and “She’s Killing Me” along with the sultry “We Sweat” an you have an album from an artist who knows who he is and where he wants his career to go.

There’s a place for an album like Top Shelf and while it took a while for Craig to find a home (Copperline Music Group) for it, fans will now be able to enjoy this quality collection of Top Shelf material.