7.21.2015

Sawyer Fredericks Shines Through



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When I first heard Sawyer Fredericks deep soulful and emotionally charged voice I was immediately captured. My heart was racing, eyes were welling and my emotions were being played like a violin.

How was this possible? It was just a Monday night and I was mindlessly watching The Voice. The emotional connection that Sawyer expressed while singing was channeled through the television screen and seemed to be directly aimed at me. It was as if I had receptors and was open to receive.

Sawyer’s voice can elicit longing, empathy, aching and compassion. It is especially potent when he reaches for high notes and it warbles and vibrates while emoting every last drop of feeling.  At times he sings quietly or pauses so that a word can linger and within a short time frame, he can powerfully amplify his voice to soar with energy and surge with purpose.

What was most delightful to discover was that Sawyer Fredericks is a songwriter. Through his thoughtful phrasing he masterfully sings and shapes words that resonate with the listener. 

That night I was ready to receive and surprised to find so many viewers obsessively hungry for genuine original music as well. My reaction had something to do with the fact that certain genres of music are rarely celebrated on mainstream television. 


One added detail really sparked my interest. In several interviews off the show Sawyer Fredericks mentioned his favorite artist is Langhorne Slim, someone I've been writing about since 2006.

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