The Voice Season 9 singers are currently facing their Blind Auditions, but even once they make it onto the show, it's a long road to the finals — but, at least that road is paved with a lot of great music. Sixteen-year-old crooner Sawyer Fredericks was crowned The Voice Season 8 champion after covering and making so much awesome music on the show. And, that's why I think it's about time I ranked Sawyer Fredericks' songs, because not all of his tunes are created equal — but most of them are pretty darn great.
Fredericks got a four-chair turn during his own Blind Audition in Season 8, during which he chose Pharrell Williams as his coach. The teen sang his heart out throughout the Battle stage and remain consistent during the elimination rounds. Fredericks made it to the finals along with Meghan Linsey, Williams teammate Koryn Hawthrone, and Joshua Davis, but it would be Fredericks who would ultimately take home The Voice trophy and win the recording contract. Lately, the singer has been performing all over the place and has been going back and forth to Los Angeles, where he's recording new music, perhaps for an album to showcase that award-winning (ahem) voice of his.
But, before Fredericks gives us some new music, let's rank what he's given the world — and YouTube — so far.
8. "Hey Jude" By The Beatles Cover
Fredericks is 16 now, but even three years ago he had a strong voice (it hadn't dropped quite yet), talent on his guitar, and his signature hat. His 2012 cover of the Beatles classic showcases all of that, proving he was always meant to be a star.
7. "Collide" By Howie Day Cover
Fredericks has this gift of bringing intense and gritty emotion to all of his songs and that's totally apparent here. Day's version is very soft and delicate, but Fredericks' cover on The Voice has a powerful, raw emotion to it.
6. "Still Here," His Original Song
This song keeps it simple — just Fredericks and his guitar — and that's all it needs. It's a haunting, intense track that commands your attention and, believe me, it'll get it.
5. "Born On The Bayou/Bad Moon Rising" With John Fogerty
When Fogerty and Fredericks performed together on the Season 8 finale, it was like seeing and hearing two voices meeting their perfect match. They both have unique pipes and a earthy folkiness that's pretty unforgettable — and they sound even better together.
4. "A Thousand Years" By Vanessa Carlton Cover
If you thought this song couldn't get any better, I suggest you watch Fredericks take on this tune in the clip above. He adds a certain intensity and longing to the Carlton single that just takes it to a whole other level.
3. "Please," His Original Song
Fredericks sang this tune for The Voice finale and totally slays the Ray LaMontagne-penned single.
2. "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" By The Stanley Brothers Cover
Six seconds — that's all it took for Adam Levine, Williams, and Christina Augliera to turn their chairs around during Fredericks' rendition of this folk song during the Blind Auditions. Blake Shelton soon followed and turned his chair, too. It's the song that started it all.
1. "Trouble" By Ray Cover
This is one of the most perfectly suited songs for Fredericks' voice. It seriously fits like a glove. He performed this cover during the live playoffs on The Voice and it was incredible; definitely one to remember. It'll legit give you chills.
I look forward to more new music from Fredericks, hopefully coming soon!