The Capital Region—and the world, for that matter—can’t seem to get enough of Sawyer Fredericks.
The 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Fultonville first performed in Saratoga at Caffè Lena’s open mic night when he was 14. After winning “The Voice” in 2015, he played at the Palace Theater in Albany and at Fly 92’s Summer Jam at SPAC. This past May, he returned to the Caffè Lena stage, and tickets to his three nights of performances sold out eight hours after going on sale. One fan traveled from South Africa to see him perform.
And now he’s coming back. Fredericks is set to perform at First Night, Saratoga’s annual downtown New Year’s Eve celebration. Saratoga Springs City Center, the largest venue on First Night, has three primary performance spaces.
Saratoga Living’s Terri-Lynn Pellegri caught up with Sawyer at his family’s farmhouse in Montgomery County in May, and spoke with him about his upbringing, creative process and experience on “The Voice,” an NBC singing competition in which contestants work with one of four celebrity coaches. Fredericks worked with pop star Pharrell Williams on the show’s eighth season.
Prior to his performance at Caffè Lena, Fredericks said, “I think that it’s just a great place to allow young artists to perform and not feel judged. It’s a very calming environment, surrounded by other artists, which is also a very good experience. For an upcoming artist, you don’t feel like you’re alone in this.”
On First Night, Fredericks will share the WEXT stage with other local talents—Sydney Worthly, winner of the 2014 Capital Region Teen Idol competition, and the Shane Guerrette Band from Latham. For a full line-up of performances at First Night, visit http://www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight.
When Pellegri asked Frederick about his decision to go on “The Voice,” he said, “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it because it’s not my kind of thing.” His fans are certainly happy he did, though, because Sawyer Fredericks is … our kind of thing.