As you leave the road and drive down the worn path through the thick of trees you come to a clearing where “The Barn” sits. To those unschooled in the annals of rock history, the structure might seem an unassuming…barn. But to those who know and appreciate rock history “The Barn” is a towering beacon,
SAWYER FREDERICKS is a talented 17 year old singer/songwriter who has certainly come a long way from the 88 acre upstate New York farm where he grew up. However, home is still a big part of his soulful contemporary folk sound.
Raised in an unschooling environment, Sawyer was allowed the time and freedom to nurture his passions, while also helping his family on their farm. While music and singing were always an important part of Sawyer's formative years, he began honing his craft at the age of 12, performing at local farmer's markets, open mics and charity events. When only 14, he released an independent, acoustic, all original LP titled “Out My Window.”
Talent scouts from NBC's Emmy Award singing competition, THE VOICE, found him on the internet and asked him to audition. At age 15, with one of the fastest 4 chair turns in VOICE history, Sawyer's stark honesty and soulful delivery turned him into a national phenomenon. During the eighth season of THE VOICE, as part of “Team Pharrell,” 16-year-old Sawyer emerged as the youngest victor in the show’s history. He continued to make VOICE history by becoming the first artist to land 14 songs in the iTunes overall Top 200 Chart in one week. His digital sales exceeded 1 million cumulative singles, making him one of the show’s most successful artists ever.
His first full length major label album, “A Good Storm,” was released by Republic Records on May 13, 2016. Often described as an old soul, Sawyer’s deep poetic lyrics, unique soulful vocals and powerful storytelling style has attracted a diverse following that ranges from “8 to 80 year olds.”
Sawyer's first headlining tour, supporting A Good Storm, boasted 49 shows across the US, from May through September of 2016. He had also performed at a number of charitable and community events throughout the year. In December of 2016, he is continuing with a 12 show tour primarily on the east coast.
When not touring, or rehearsing with his band, Sawyer finds solace and inspiration at home and with friends, writing music, gaming, and working hard with his family, caring for the animals on Windrake Farm.