And The Voice Season 8 Winner Is…

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

7 Things We Learned About Sawyer Fredericks Backstage at ‘The Voice’.

season eight ended in style tonight with a star-studded two-hour finale. A mere eight seconds into his blind audition for The Voice, three big red chairs turned around for Sawyer Fredericks — with the fourth following less than a minute later.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 episode was absolutely packed to the brim with amazing duets and killer performances from the final four and a ton of celebrity guests like Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor and so many more. So from the first verse of his unique rendition of the Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” the 16-year-old New York native became Season Eight’s frontrunner — and at no point during the show’s run did he ever lose that edge. 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. Now, 16-year-old Sawyer Fredericks has been crowned the singing competition’s Season Eight champ, and no one is surprised — not the audience, not his fellow contestants and especially not his coach, Pharrell Williams, who notched his first Voice victory Tuesday night with the shy, young folk artist from a farm in upstate New York. Nashville’s powerful soul singer Meghan Linsey — a strong competitor throughout the season — was voted runner-up, while local Michigan hero Joshua Davis and Louisiana high school sweetheart Koryn Hawthorne took third and fourth place, respectively.

At a press conference following the announcement, Fredericks revealed his immediate plans. “I kind of want to get back to the farm, just to get a little break from all this,” he told Rolling Stone Country, “so I’m excited to get back home.” What we do know is that Williams will be working with Fredericks on his first post-Voice LP in some capacity. “He’s going to be recording music, for sure. 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. John Fogerty, formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival, did a medley of hits “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” with Sawyer, but it almost sounded like Sawyer’s mike was turned down lower than the 70-year-old’s, who was clearly the designated star.

Congratulations to Sawyer, from Team Pharrell, who was officially crowned The Voice season eight winner after a season filled with ups, downs and incredible performances on NBC’s hit singing competition series. I was the only one who was getting to hear him sing this song, and it was amazing.” “Every day I’m worrying about that,” Fredericks admits. “Some days, my head voice is gone and I have to find different notes to hit. Kelly Clarkson did double duty, first letting Koryn shine on “I’d Rather Go Blind” and then Meghan on “Invincible,” although it’s pretty difficult to outshine Kelly. Small in stature but poised beyond his years, he carved out an identity as a guitar-strumming crooner who could effortlessly strip a song down to its barest essence. Besides Kimberly, Corey Kent White, Brian Johnson and DeAnna Johnson helped Joshua out on the Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels.” Joshua was strikingly generous with his old friends, letting them take most of the leads.

Ray LaMontagne was his hero, and it appears the singer-songwriter is now a Fredericks fan, even gifting him with an original tune called “Please” for Monday’s finale. Linsey and Davis both chose songs they penned themselves, while Fredericks’ idol Ray LaMontagne wrote his and Williams himself wrote Hawthornes’ tune. Mia also made an appearance on Sawyer’s bring-back song, Jonny Lang’s “Lie to Me,” along with Brooke Adee and Lowell Oakley, and stole the performance. Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) continuing struggles with the Mark of Cain led him to make some pretty shocking decisions in last week’s episode, killing an unarmed teenage boy from the (Franken)Stein family just because of father and uncles, not to mention ruthlessly beating the crap out of Castiel (Misha Collins) when the angel tried to talk some sense into him.

Immediately after the live broadcast, the track shot to Number Two on the iTunes chart. “I really want to do a song with Ray, just because I really want to meet him,” Fredericks confided. Both Fredericks’ and Linsey’s original songs reached the iTunes Top 10 shortly after their performances — earning them each a boost in voting — with Davis’ and Hawthorne’s originals hovering just outside the coveted spot. And speaking of stealing, that’s what Christina Aguilera did to her fellow coaches when she, Blake, Adam and Pharrell performed “The Thrill is Gone” as a tribute to B.B.

Christina also proved an adept mimic and comedian when she lampooned Miley Cyrus, Sia, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Cher in a bit about unseen “audition tapes” from wannabe Voice coaches. 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. According to host Carson Daly, “Between that Ray moment last night and John tonight, those were two of the greatest moments we’ve ever had on the show.” Coach Pharrell’s advice for Fredericks is simple: “Stick to your guns; don’t change for anyone. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

Here’s a guy that possesses this ability to tap into something that we all know is bigger than all of us, and he’s humble, and he’s proud of being a farmhand, and he’s named all his animals, and he’s the one who won, and he even won a car! It’s all over now until Season 9 in the fall, although things are just ramping up for winner Sawyer, who closed the show with his new Ray LaMontagne-penned single, “Please.” After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands. The most interesting of these was Meghan Linsey’s match-up with Team Blake colleague, fellow Nashvillian and sister-from-another-mister, Sarah Potenza. We’re terrified at what’s about to go down on Supernatural, so we got executive producer Jeremy Carver to attempt to put our fears to rest and answer seven burning questions about the season 10 finale.

The pair displayed considerable girl power as they traded verses on Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” And in a pop-up band news, the four Voice coaches picked up instruments and microphones for “The Thrill is Gone,” in a timely tribute to the late guitarist and bluesman, B.B. 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. News: After all he’s done this season thanks to the Mark, especially last episode killing that kid and beating up Cas, is Dean too far past redemption at this point? While law enforcers have existed in one form or another for centuries, the modern police have their roots in the relatively recent rise of modern property relations 200 years ago, and the “disorderly conduct” of the urban poor.

Like every structure we’ve known all our lives, it seems that the policing paradigm is inescapable and everlasting, and the only thing keeping us from the precipice of a dystopic Wild West scenario. Rather than be scared of our impending Road Warrior future, check out just a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern system known as policing: Unarmed but trained people, often formerly violent offenders themselves, patrolling their neighborhoods to curb violence right where it starts. Stop believing that police are heroes because they are the only ones willing to get in the way of knives or guns – so are the members of groups like Cure Violence, who were the subject of the 2012 documentary The Interrupters. There are also feminist models that specifically organize patrols of local women, who reduce everything from cat-calling and partner violence to gang murders in places like Brooklyn.

While police forces have benefited from military-grade weapons and equipment, some of the most violent neighborhoods have found success through peace rather than war. Violent offenses count for a fraction of the 11 to 14 million arrests every year, and yet there is no real conversation about what constitutes a crime and what permits society to put a person in chains and a cage. Decriminalization doesn’t work on its own: The cannabis trade that used to employ poor Blacks, Latinos, indigenous and poor whites in its distribution is now starting to be monopolized by already-rich landowners. One hint, borrowing somewhat incongruously from Apollo 13: “Failure is not an option.” Incidentally, to my father at home playing the Gene Kranz Drinking Game.

To quote investigative journalist Christian Parenti’s remarks on criminal justice reform in his book Lockdown America, what we really need most of all is “less.” Also known as reparative or transformative justice, these models represent an alternative to courts and jails. From hippie communes to the IRA and anti-Apartheid South African guerrillas to even some U.S. cities like Philadelphia’s experiment with community courts, spaces are created where accountability is understood as a community issue and the entire community, along with the so-called perpetrator and the victim of a given offense, try to restore and even transform everyone in the process.

Supernatural finales are always so epic and end on cliffhangers either big in mythology or big emotionally regarding the brothers—how is this season’s finale going to compare to past season finales? Communities that have tools to engage with each other about problems and disputes don’t have to consider what to do after anti-social behaviors are exhibited in the first place. I’m tremendously excited that the fans get to see these performances from a cast of players that—10 years in—are still willing to leave it all on the floor. In Mexico, where one of the world’s most corrupt police forces only has credibility as a criminal syndicate, there have been armed groups of Policia Comunitaria and Autodefensas organized by local residents for self-defense from narcotraffickers, femicide and police. Obviously these could become police themselves and then be subject to the same abuses, but as a temporary solution they have been making a real impact.

In New York, Rikers Island jails as many people with mental illnesses “as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State combined,” which is reportedly 40% of the people jailed at Rikers. We have created a tremendous amount of mental illness, and in the real debt and austerity dystopia we’re living in, we have refused to treat each other for our physical and mental wounds. Mental health has often been a trapdoor for other forms of institutionalized social control as bad as any prison, but shifting toward preventative, supportive and independent living care can help keep those most impacted from ending up in handcuffs or dead on the street.

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