Sawyer Fredericks is an award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist who began making waves in the music scene after emerging as the winner of the 8th season of the reality talent show, The Voice. Having been inclined towards music since childhood, he began receiving voice training at the age of 11. Following a series of performances at open mic shows held in his community, his name had been on the lips of many who regarded him as an up and coming star to watch out for; this was before he turned 12.
Fredericks eventually became a household name in the United States after winning season eight of The Voice at the age of 16. He is now vastly celebrated as the second-youngest winner of the talent show.
Sawyer Fredericks Dropped His First Studio Album at Age 14
In Newton, Connecticut, United States, the young talented instrumentalist was born and named Sawyer Christopher Fredericks; he was born on the 31st of March 1999 to Carl F. and Kristen L. Fredericks. The music star grew up along with his two older brothers named Skyler and Aric Fredericks in an 88-acre farm situated near Fultonville, New York. He is of white ethnicity and an American national. Sawyer Fredericks didn’t attend a conventional institution as he was homeschooled.
Fredericks began his journey to stardom at the very young age of eleven, when he started receiving voice training. Afterward, he began putting up performances at diverse entertainment centers around his community including The Bitter End folk club, farmers’ markets, open mic shows, as well as community events. He then decided to take a step forward in his musical career by participating in the Young Artist Talent Search Show held in Pawling, New York in the year 2012.
Amazingly, the youngster emerged as a finalist in the talent show which marked the beginning of great things to come his way. In the same year, Sawyer Fredericks recorded a demo titled ‘Breaking Ice’, which contained six original songs. Focusing on the quest of making a name for himself in the music industry, the talented songwriter dropped his first studio album titled ‘Out of My Window’ at the age of fourteen. The album consists of 15 original tracks which he solely penned down and released as an independent artist.
And Became a Superstar When He Turned 16
After years of uploading his live performances on YouTube, Fredericks eventually caught the attention of the talent scouts of The Voice during the season eight of the reality show, which premiered on NBC on February 23rd, 2015. He was subsequently invited for a televised blind audition, where he wowed Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton with an unbelievable performance of Dick Burnett’s song, ‘I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow’ at the age of 15.
As a result of his striking display on stage, Fredericks advanced into the next stage of the competition, choosing Pharrell Williams as his coach. In the competitive round, he sang Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’ alongside Noelle Bybee. With the help of his coach, Sawyer Fredericks progressed into the knock out stage; he teamed up with Mia Z and Paul Pfau as they performed Howie Day’s ‘Collide’.
He then progressed into the Top 20 alongside Mia Z, and after weeks of sensational performances, the young star advanced into the Top 10. He picked up his first feature on iTunes Singles Chart with his performance of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Having incessantly put up terrific displays on stage, Sawyer Fredericks soon found himself in the Top 5 and also gained the highest ratings of the week.
He did a cover of Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’, as well as ‘For What It’s Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield. Consequently, he peaked at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively on the singles chart. Before reaching the Top Five, the talented vocalist who was the fan-favorite of the talent show became immensely popular on social media platforms. As such, he cultivated a massive fan base which landed him up to 4,000 loyal fans who came around during his New York homecoming visit.
On the season finale show that was held on May 18th, 2015, Fredericks performed and equally dropped an original song written by Ray Lamontage titled ‘Please’. He additionally shared the stage with his coach William in a duet as they performed ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals and Crofts. The following day, Sawyer Fredericks emerged as the winner of The Voice season 8, becoming the youngest winner of the competition at the age of 16. Brynn Cartelli now holds the record as the youngest winner, she became the winner of The Voice season 14 at the age of 15.
During his time on the reality show, the singer-songwriter established a new iTunes sales record with almost one million digitals being sold. He was awarded a recording deal with Republic Records and also received a grand prize of $100,000.
Sawyer Fredericks’ Whereabouts After The Voice
After emerging as the winner of The Voice, Sawyer Fredericks dropped his Extended Play titled ‘Sawyer Fredericks’ in November 2015. He also released his Long Play ‘A Good Storm’ under the Republic label before he severed ties with them and made his mom his manager. Afterward, he dropped his second album ‘Hide Your Ghost’ as an independent artist in March 2018.
Since dropping his second album, Sawyer Fredericks has been on the road with his three-piece band, and his concerts always attract a wide audience. In October 2018, he had live show at The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, Florida; The Attic Tampa, Florida; City Winery, Washington DC, as well as Gramercy Theatre, New York. Then from November 2018 to April 2019, he had a series of stage performances at different locations including Vancouver, Canada; Texas, United States; Toronto, Canada; and Minneapolis, United States.
After months of working on his upcoming album titled ‘Flowers For You’, Fredericks released it’s title track ‘Flowers For You’ in November 2019. He subsequently released other singles from the new album which includes ‘Born’ and ‘Amen’. He has been on tours to promote the new album. With his three-piece band, Fredericks has been making waves across the US and the world at large.
Having anticipated 2020 to be an eventful year, the famed singer will be releasing his album on May 31st. He has already kick-started his 2020 & 2021 Tour. Some of his tour schedules include performances at Club Café, Pittsburgh on 17th January; The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis on 4th April; and Blueberry fest in Covington on May 30th; this has been rescheduled to October 3rd as a result of the threat posed by COVID-19.
Hopefully, in the coming weeks, the young music artist will be walking home with at least one Independent Music Award; three of his singles (‘Flowers For You’, ‘Amen’, and ‘Born’) have been nominated for the award.
Major Sources of His $2.5 Million Net Worth
Having been active in the music industry since the age of twelve, Sawyer Fredericks is said to be worth about $2.5 million. This, he accumulated through his successful musical career as his Extended Play ‘Sawyer Fredericks’ peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Folk Chart and sold about 22,000 copies in the United States.
Similarly, his LP ‘A Good Storm’ clinched the No. 2 position on the US Folk Chart and had sales of 11,000 across the US. Fredericks has additionally recorded sales of 41,000 copies of ‘The Voice: The Complete Season 8 Collection’ and over 4.2 million streaming of his tracks on Spotify. With the release of his new album coming up in May, his earnings are bound to encounter an imminent increase.
What We Know About His Love Life
Sawyer Fredericks has been tight-lipped in giving out information regarding his romantic relationships. However, during one of his interviews, he revealed that he has a girlfriend.
Though he didn’t give out much detail about her, we have been able to find out that his beau’s name is Abigail. She is an undergraduate, who currently attends college in Troy, New York.
The two have been an item for a very long time and their love blooms with each passing day.