By Andrea Ramirez-Maciolek, Rock At Night Philadelphia Correspondent
Venue: Union Transfer Station, Philadelphia–December 18, 2015
In all honesty, I have never seen one episode of The Voice but I do know good talent when I hear it. Opening up for local Philly boys, Good Old War, Sawyer Fredericks had the crowd transfixed under his amazing vocal talent. Sawyer, who was the Voice’s Season Eight winner was welcomed by Philadelphia for the first time by an eagerly anxious crowd. His set was intimate. It was only Sawyer taking the stage with his acoustic guitar in front of hundreds of fans.
At only 16 years old, Sawyer Fredericks’s voice is impressive. After hearing him live, I can understand why the judges of The Voice fell under his vocal spell as this talented young man has a definite musical career ahead of him. His music has the ingredients that a lot of music lacks these days–honesty, humbleness, and innocence.
He stood on stage with his signature hat and long golden locks talking about how he wrote his song, “Any of My Trouble” at the age of 14–a very impressive feat for that age. Sawyer was writing songs about true love and transcribing his most intimate feelings into impressive lyrical compositions while most teenagers at his age are too busy hanging out with friends and worried about how to be the coolest kid at school. If you hear his lyrics it will make you appreciate how soulful and wise his music is. Watching his performance made me wish I would’ve had my act together at his age.
If you have not heard Sawyer Fredericks’s music, give him a chance and don’t judge him by his age. This young man has an impressive vocal range, lyrical talent, and soul beyond his years.
Sawyer Fredericks – Philadelphia- “Four Pockets”
“Take It All”
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