by Lyn Jensen
Sawyer Fredericks is barely 16 and hasn’t even left his family’s farm yet, but he’s the winner of The Voice, season 8. He already has several iTunes hits, a contract waiting with Republic Records, a new hit single courtesy of his idol Ray LaMontagne, an appearance singing on the Voice finale with his other idol John Forgerty, and has been awarded with a ruby-colored 2016 Nissan Maxima (not even on the market yet) for his first car. He may be on the way to becoming the biggest star The Voice has ever produced, provided the music industry knows what to do with him. On Monday night Adam Levine advised him, “don’t lose the purity and sanctity of what you are,” which likely means, don’t turn into Justin Bieber. (Sorry, Beiberites!)
Here’s Sawyer’s Web site, which needs updating:
Here’s the link to the video of “Please,” his debut single penned by LaMontague:
Picking the absolute right song for his final performance (“Old Man” below) didn’t hurt either:
As for Fredericks’ fellow contestants, Meghan Linsey placed second, Joshua Davis, third, and Koryn Hawthorne, fourth. Pharrell Williams got his first Voice trophy, meaning three guys will be bragging about their Voice trophies next season. (Even if Usher returns, he’s got a Voice trophy, too.)
Here’s the luxury sports sedan Fredericks won, great for a simple farm boy’s first car:
Before the final results were announced, the Final Four got their choice of four different models of Nissans. Family man Davis got the Rogue, country queen Linsey took the Murano (Blake Shelton tried to bum a ride in it), high school student Hawthorne took the Altima, and that left Fredericks with the high-end choice–rather like the outcome of the evening.
Fredericks will be on the Today show Thurs. if you want a little post-season Voice analysis. After that, we’ll wait for the judges’ bickering to begin again with season 9.