The eighth and latest season of hit U.S. reality-talent show The Voice has just concluded. The show has proven to be a massive success in America and has been influential in the careers of several artists. Rising country music star Danielle Bradbery got her break when she won the fourth season of the show.
Indeed, Bradbery was the youngest ever winner of The Voice, until this season. Season eight saw sixteen-year-old Sawyer Fredericks beat out the hundreds of other hopefuls to claim the win. Sawyer can now look forward to the $100,000 prize money, and a recording contract with Republic Records.
The teenager has already been making waves during and since the show’s run. Indeed, the Connecticut native has already set iTunes sales records. He looks set to have a huge future ahead of him. The fact Sawyer is so young means his talents will surely only get better over time.
We saw something of a change coming into this new season of the show. Gwen Stefani confirmed she would not return as a coach for season eight. The No Doubt singer was replaced by Christina Aguilera, who returned to The Voice after a two-year absence. She joined Blake Shelton, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, and rapper Pharrell Williams.
It was Pharrell who would prove to be the winning coach, as he masterminded Sawyer’s victory. The young singer won the show with a stunning rendition of the original song Please. The song was penned by his idol Ray Lamontagne, and the passion in Sawyer’s voice was evident. The win looks set to catapult the young American to international super-stardom.
Season eight of The Voice has seen the show grow in strength. It has managed to endure where rival shows like The X-Factor failed.. The ratings improved vastly from season seven, and it seems clear the show will endure for a while yet. The (re)addition of Aguilera seems to have been a masterstroke from the producers. Putting such a strong, successful and independent woman in among a group of men has worked wonders.
So, what’s next for The Voice, and indeed for Sawyer Fredericks? Well, the show is pretty formulaic in and of itself, but that seems to work. There’s certainly an audience for the show, and even in its eighth season it shows no sign of decline. It’s safe to say we can expect more of the same in the future. Producers will always be looking to uncover and showcase the next generation of unsigned stars. If nothing else the show provides several hours of entertainment and escapism for its audience.
As for Sawyer Fredericks, well, he’s a young man with the world at his feet now. It’s going to be a pivotal couple of years as he develops his sound and personality. It’s important that the people around him keep him grounded, and that the right decisions are made. Sawyer needs to try to keep hold of mentor Pharrell Williams for as long as possible too.
In a world where popular music careers are often short-lived, it’s vital that Sawyer make the right choices now. If he makes sure he learns to write songs himself he will always have a shot at a successful career. For now the jury is out, and it’s going to be an exciting but busy few years for this new superstar.