Apparently we were so obsessed with Guilford’s Nick Fradiani’s claim to fame on American Idol that we ignored the fact that The Voice had another Connecticut native on it.
Turns out that Sawyer Fredericks not only made it to the finals last night, but he actually won the whole thing. Mind blown. The 16-year-old was born in Newtown and has several ties to Connecticut. His step-grandmother still lives in Monroe, he had an album release party in Seymour a couple years back (Yep, he put out his first CD when he was 14) and he’s the youngest winner in the show’s history. He lives in upstate New York now which is probably why we overlooked him.
That being said, it was a night of another first too- He was on Team Pharrell which means that Pharrell can say that he has now coached a winning season on The Voice.
He was originally discovered by The Voice producers because Sawyer’s sister started posting videos of him singing on YouTube. It caught the producers attention and they reached out to him to audition.
Congratulations to Sawyer and best of luck in his career. Connecticut representing the two biggest reality singing shows in the country- Not a bad season.