Sawyer Fredericks “Simple Man” The Voice Video: Watch 16-Year-Old Frontrunner Cover Lynyrd Skynyrd!
Sawyer Fredericks gave a heartfelt performance of “Simple Man” on Monday’s “The Voice.” Watch below!
As Gossip Cop has reported, the 16-year-old has been a frontrunner throughout season 8, even impressing the coaches last week when he turned a flubbed note into a beautiful ad-lib on “Iris.” This week, with special mentoring from former “Voice” coach and frequent Pharrell collaborator Gwen Stefani, Fredericks once again proved he’s way more talented than his age would suggest. The teen took on a Lynyrd Skynyrd song released decades before he was born and gave a mature performance that won special praise from Adam Levine.
“You know what I love the most about your voice? It’s like this raw — the purity of it in its raw form is all it needs,” the Maroon 5 front man told him. “It’s one of those things that doesn’t need to be anything other than what it is. It’s so impossible. You can’t teach anybody what you have, that is the ability to do any kind of songs.”
Levine went on to commend Fredericks for not getting swallowed from the band, and for uncharacteristically walking around the stage, a change urged by Pharrell. “You got a smart coach,” said Levine. “I think that you’re amazing.” And Pharrell said he wanted to “go straight to your fans” with his comments about Federicks, saying, “I want every Sawyer fan to vote tonight.”
“I want every teenage kid that wanted to do something that was a bit little different than everybody else in the neighborhood, everybody else in school that had a dream that never thought it could happen, I want you to look at this guy right here. I want you to vote for him,” Pharrell urged. Check out the video below!