American singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks came to the public’s attention after winning the eighth season of the NBC singing competition, The Voice. Born in Connecticut, he grew up on a New York farm surrounded by music. As such, singing was something that he naturally fell into at a young age. Later enrolling himself in voice lessons, he began performing at various events- from open mics to Local Farmer’s Markets at the age of twelve.
So what has the talented seventeen-year-old been up to lately? Has he been recording back at the studio as of late? Or have concert shows been keeping him busy? Can we expect to see any new releases from the season eight winner of The Voice? What happened to Sawyer Fredericks? Where is he now in 2018?
Sawyer Fredericks’ Early Life and Music Beginnings
Born on March 31, 1999, in Newtown, Connecticut, Sawyer Christopher Fredericks is the youngest out of three siblings; he has two older brothers. After spending the first eight years of his childhood in the city of Newton, his family relocated to Fultonville, New York where they settled down on an 88-acre farm. Homeschooled in an unschooling environment, he grew up surrounded by music.
When he wasn’t helping his parents with the farm, he was either singing or listening to music- something that would eventually grow into a burning passion. Wanting to improve his craft, Fredericks later enrolled himself in voice lessons at the age of eleven. By the time he was twelve, his vocal improvements had led him to perform at various local venues from Open Macs to Local Farmer Markets events.
Continuing to perfect his musical style, Fredericks eventually recorded a six-track demo tape called, Breaking Ice in 2012. From there, he later released an independent LP entitled, Out My Window, which consisted of fifteen original acoustic tracks when he was fourteen years old. Wanting to gain more exposure, the aspiring artist soon found himself uploading his music onto Youtube. It was ultimately there, on the online video viewing platform, that he captured the attention of talent scouts form the NBC award-winning competition series, The Voice. Impressed by his singing abilities, they soon invited the teen to audition for the show.
Sawyer Fredericks on The Voice
Jumping at the chance, Fredericks opted to sing the traditional folksong, I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow by Dick Burnett for his televised blind audition, which aired on February 23, 2015. A stunning performance, it quickly led all four of the show’s judges, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs around. From there, the folk singer ultimately chose to join Williams’ Team.
Given approval by the series’ judges, the New Yorker subsequently found himself paired up against fellow contestant, Noelle Bybee during the Battle round. After performing Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Rival, he was chosen by Coach William to move onto the next round, while Bybee was sent home.
The following week, Fredericks was grouped with Paul Pfau and Mia Z. for a three-way match for the Knockout round. Singing against his two competitors, he chose Collide by Howie Day to be his song for the Top 32. Luckily, it earned him another save by Coach Williams, which buzzed him through to the next stage of the competition; Mia Z. also advanced to the next round.
For the subsequent Battle Round, the folk singer chose to perform Trouble by Ray LaMontagne, which ultimately earned him a spot in the Top 10. From there, he covered John Lennon’s classic title, Imagine, which earned him high praises from the judges. Not only that, but it also became his first competition single to reach number ten on the iTunes Singles Chart- something that came with a 10x multiplier bonus.
Successfully moving on to the Top Eight, Fredericks then performed Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, which once again reached the top ten on the iTunes Chart, having peaked at number four. Garnering enough votes to advance to the next stage of the competition, it wasn’t long until he was singing Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Top Six- which hit number two on the iTunes Chart-making it his third consecutive performance to reach number ten.
For the Top Six, he sang Al Green’s Take Me to the River while accompanied by a teen dance troupe. Afterward, he was allowed to perform a track not yet released by a major label, something rarely seen on The Voice; for that, he selected Shine On by May Erlewine. It was later revealed that while Erlewine herself had given him permission to use the song, she was a fan of fellow competitor, Joshua Davis. Rising to number three on the iTunes Chart, it later became the highest-rated title on the competition that week. Following the Top Six round, Fredericks returned to his native New York for a homecoming visit, during which he performed in front of an audience of 4000.
Fighting to be part of the top five, Fredericks later sang For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield and A Thousand Years by Christina Perry for the subsequent round. Once again garnering the highest ratings of the week, the songs reached number three and number on the iTunes chart respectively.
Having successfully earned a spot in the finals, he later came out with the single, Please, which was written by Ray Lamontagne. Performing alongside Coach Williams for the traditional duet, the two sang Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts; it would later reach number nineteen on iTunes the fooling week. After the duet, Fredericks took to the stage with a grand performance of Neil Young’s Old Man which once again, earned him great applause from the audience.
The next day- July 19, 2015, Fredericks performed a number of hits including Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Born on the Bayou, and Bad Moon Rising with John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Rival for the The Voice results show. By the end, the seventeen year old was announced as the winner of the season; Meghan Linsey was the runner up while Joshua Davis finished third.
Sawyer Fredericks After The Voice
In May of 2015, Frederick signed on as a recording artist with Republic Records. Prior to releasing his music debut however, he began performing at a number of events including at the New York State Fair; in September of that year, he even sang alongside Mia Zanotti, a fellow contestant from his season of The Voice in New York City. A couple of months later, he recorded and penned a song entitled, Forever Wrong (Frankie & Aurora’s Love Theme) which was later included in the album, Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.
In addition to making scattered appearances across various venues, Fredericks also headlined various concert shows including ones for Good Old War and A Great Big World.
On November 11, 2015, the folk singer released his self-titled extended play, Sawyer Fredericks through Republic Records. Falling under the category of pop rock, it came with four tracks including Stranger, Still Here, Lovers Still Alone, and Take it All, all of which were co-written by the artist himself; two of them also featured Mia Zanotti in the vocals. Met primarily with favourable reviews, the EP ended up peaking at number forty nine on the US Billboard Top 200; additionally, it also reached number two and number three on the US Folk and US Rock Music Charts respectively. As of 2016, Sawyer Fredericks has sold approximately 22,000 copies in the United States.
Aside from his EP, the New York-native has also contributed a number of songs such as I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow, Take Me to the River, For What It’s Worth, A Thousand Years, Simple Man, and Old Man in the studio album, The Voice: The Complete Season 8 Collection. As well, he was also involved with the making of the full length album, A Good Storm, which was released on May 13, 2016.
What’s Sawyer Fredericks Doing Now In 2023 – Recent Updates
Sawyer released a new project titled, Flowers For You, on May 1, 2020. His fourth album, it consisted of 12 tracks including “I Am to Blame”, “Turning the Shoulder”, “Amen”, “Not My Girl”, “Early In the Morning”, and “Days Go By.” Due to the ongoing pandemic, however, he wasn’t able to go on tour to promote the album. It wasn’t until the fall of 2021, that he began live touring across the United States with co-headliners The Accidentals.
Prior to that, he had released the album Hide Your Ghost in 2018, which spawned two singles—“Any of My Trouble” and “Silent World”, the former of which has been streamed over 49,000 times on YouTube (the songs are also available on Spotify).
That same year, he held a fundraising concert in Gloversville, New York, to raise funds for the theater’s ongoing restoration projects and it just so happened to coincide with the release of his “Gasoline” music video.
Fast forward to 2022 and he still performs on stage from time to time. As a matter of fact, he has two upcoming shows, according to his official website.
Over the past year, he has also been doing live Q&As on his YouTube channel, which as of 2023, has more than 86,000 subscribers. Not only that, but he’s also active on Instagram (@sawyerfrdrx) and Twitter (@SawyerFrdrx) where he has over 162,000 followers combined.