And the Season 8 winner of ‘The Voice’ is …

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Voice’: Team Pharrell Scores First Win.

It hardly came as a surprise: Sawyer Fredericks, the fetching folky farm boy from Fultonville, N.Y., was declared the Season 8 winner of “The Voice” in the final moments of Tuesday night’s finale. The sweet 16-year-old with the gleaming hair, sincere smile, innocent glow and endearing habit of singing with his hand on his heart had prevailed over three other worthy finalists.

Finalists Koryn Hawthorne, Sawyer Fredericks, Joshua Davis and Meghan Linsey got it started before being joined by the remaining 14 artists for “Some Nights.” Mia Z hit one of her famous whistle notes, and both Kimberly Nichole and India Carney reminded us why they should have both been competing in this finale. The NBC hit announced the winner of season 8 on Tuesday, May 19 during a two-hour finale featuring performances from Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Meghan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty, and this season’s top 20. Four finalists competed for a recording contract — Team Pharrell Williams’ 16-year-old Sawyer Fredericks and 17-year-old Koryn Hawthorne, Team Blake Shelton’s 28-year-old Meghan Linsey, and Team Adam Levine’s 37-year-old Joshua Davis. Next, Meghan Trainor, who was Blake Shelton’s Battle advisor this season, sang her new single “Dear Future Husband,” accompanying herself on the ukulele.

Both had performed well the previous night, as they had throughout the season, but Fredericks had two songs charting in the iTunes Top 5 – at Nos. 2 and 4 – while Linsey had just one, at No. 5. Linsey and Davis both chose songs they penned themselves, while Fredericks’ idol Ray LaMontagne wrote his and Williams himself wrote Hawthornes’ tune. As Fredericks sang the song that had helped put him there, “Please,” an original his hero Ray Montagne had given him to sing in the finals and to release as his first single – the song currently occupying that No. 2 slot on iTunes – his parents, looking fresh from the farm, enveloped him in a hug.

The finalists and their coaches stepped into the confessional for one last time to speak about their journey. “Ultimately, my goal was really just to have a second chance,” Linsey said. “I just wanted to sing,” Hawthorne said through tears. For Davis, winning The Voice would be all about being able to provide for his family and support them through his music. “To have America just embrace my music and embrace me the way they have has been amazing,” Fredericks said. “To say thank you is not enough.” Fredericks then took the stage to sing with John Fogerty, followed by Davis performing with Sheryl Crow. Because that is what this sweet-smiling, Americana-inflected, pure-voiced, preternaturally talented young man — who had never been on a plane before entering the competition, who had satisfied his love of music by singing at farmers markets, who was never too comfortable when required to speak into a microphone — clearly loves to do.

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