One To Watch: Sawyer Fredericks

By Alan Ho

As we close in on the end of the music year in 2015, we always get a group of solo acts and bands that cross our radar around this time that we try to peg as someone/something to watch for next year.  Just yesterday, indie rockers The Drama State became the first act we pegged as one to watch for next year.  And today, we’re going major label and big time here as The Voice Season 8 winner Sawyer Fredericks (Team Pharrell) takes his place alongside the Indiana indie rockers as the next one we are going to peg as…ONE TO WATCH in 2016!

The 16 year old Fredericks presents a sound rare in someone so young, a full-on display of what is described as “soulful, contemporary folk;” think of the lyrical sense of John Fogerty, Ray Lamontagne, the soulfulness of an Otis Redding and the modern accessibility of Phillip Phillips and early Mumford & Sons.  That is one hell of a combination for someone so young!

His story does not need to be told yet again but one thing is for certain, the kid who was plucked out of his family’s farm in upstate New York is going to go places very fast and he is one to watch as he will release his debut album in 2016!!!

6 comments on this post.
  1. Pat Stolzenberg:

    Thank you for recognizing the talent of our favorite singer/songwriter. Pat Stolzenberg@teamsawyer

  2. Heather DeWolf:

    Sawyer Fredericks is an amazingly talented old soul who has already garnered a huge following…his soulful music is indeed adictive!

  3. Kent bishop:

    I have watched him front row center I can tell you without hesitation he is about as good as it gets . republic records has a major recording artist on its hands. I think they know that too

  4. Vicki:

    I am another Sawyer Frederick’s fan. He’s very talented and is going to go far in the music industry. He’s a positive role model for people his age.

  5. Holaitsme:

    Sawyer has been the “one to watch” the first time he started singing years prior to even being on The Voice, but definitely hoping 2016 will earn him some much deserved Grammys and recognition from the music industry as a seriously gifted singer and songwriter. His lyrics lift you out of your seats and carry you away to another time and place, so filled with emotion and depth it’s hard to believe Sawyer is still only 16 and some of his most moving songs were written many years ago. I truly appreciate this article, sad I didn’t notice it sooner. Please keep following Sawyer’s career. You are correct in your assessment that he’s one to watch, not only in 2016 but for several years to come. This kid is absolutely on his way to superstardom and I’m so grateful to be along for the ride.

  6. Kathy Longoria:

    So happy that you are recognizing the talent of Sawyer Fredericks. Looking forward to more original music from this singer/songwriter for years to come!

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