Earlier this week, Republic Records sent out a press release congratulating 16 year old The Voice 8 winner, Sawyer Fredericks, and announcing that he would immediately head into the studio to cut an album.
The big takeaway from the release are the numbers. Host Carson Daly called Sawyer “the king of iTunes,” and that was no joke! Week after week, Sawyer’s studio recordings would quickly shoot to the iTunes Top 10. Sawyer broke The Voice records, and sold nearly a million singles during his run on the show!
Sawyer broke many records for THE VOICE as he had 14 songs in the iTunes Top 200 Singles Chart this week (a new show record!), each time he performed during the show’s live rounds his single reached Top 10 on iTunes Singles Chart (a new show record) and his first day sales of “Please” came close to breaking the first day number of singles sold in the history of show. These accomplishments are not surprising as Sawyer has sold nearly 1 million singles in total during his time on the show – at his current pace he’s quickly on his way to becoming the highest selling artist ever on THE VOICE. Absolutely amazing!!
(I’m guessing season 3 winner, Cassadee Pope, who had many Top 10 singles, still holds the first day number of downloads sold in the history of the show.)
After his post show promo, Sawyer will be heading back to the 88 acre farm in Upstate New York he grew up on. The press release mentions how he honed his “vibrantly robust voice” by “performing weekly at a local farmer’s market and cutting his own independent debut locally.” By the way, I checked out his pre-The Voice album, Out My Window, on Spotify. He’s already a remarkably mature songwriter. Recorded before his voice changed, you might not recognize his vocals, which are decidedly alto.
According to the release, Sawyer will immediately head into the studio to begin recording his Republic Records debut, and that we should “be on the lookout for more music and news very soon.”