Sawyer Fredericks, the winner of the 8th season of NBC’s The Voice—team Pharrell, naturally—is way more than just a kid with a guitar. Sawyer has traded television for the big stage, and is touring the south with his soulful vocals and folk stylings. This seventeen-year-old is visiting the Long Center August 20 and delivering some humble charm at 8:00pm in Rollins Studio Theatre. Tickets are on sale now!
This kid—more like wise-beyond-his-age storyteller—has certainly come a long way from the 88-acre Upstate New York farm where he grew up. Born out of farmers markets and cow pastures, Fredericks certainly bares his roots in his contemporary folk sound. Given his upbringing, it’s obvious how Fredericks finds it easy to relate to Ray LaMontagne—Sawyer’s main influence and inspiration when it comes to his sound and feel. But his stories are all his own.
A Good Storm, Sawyer’s first major album, delivers more of his storytelling and affecting vocals with plenty of new material along the way. Standout tracks include “Take It All,” “Lovers Still Alone,” and “4 Pockets,” featured below. Throughout it all, Sawyers’ focus is his audience—“I want the lyrics and music to connect to the audience,” he states. “I just hope they feel when they hear me.”
Let Sawyer Fredericks‘ old soul and vocals to match take you down home on August 20 at the Long Center. His fresh rejuvenation of a tired combo is irresistible.