Since February, Sawyer Fredericks, winner of NBC’s singing contest “The Voice,” has spent several months in Los Angeles and even a few days in New York City.
So where does being honored at the state Capitol rank on the 16-year-old’s list of sights he’s seen in recent months?
“This is pretty cool,” he said Tuesday, noting he doesn’t care much for politics. “It’s nice being home and getting to see all of my friends, and coming here is an added bonus. I didn’t care much for Los Angeles and the city, but it’s nice being welcomed by people in my home area.”
Fredericks was presented with resolutions by the state Assembly and Senate on Tuesday, congratulating him on his victory and determination on the show.
“This legislative body is pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the amazing and unique talent of Sawyer Fredericks who has brought enduring pride to his family, his fans, the state of New York, and the nation as a whole, fully
confident of his response to a promising future and appreciative of the model he represents for all those aspiring to be contestants on ‘The Voice,’ ” the resolution reads.
The halls of the Capitol were packed with protesters Tuesday, making it difficult for Fredericks to navigate the building. To reach the Assembly chamber he was escorted through a secret tunnel by security and representatives of Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam.
While on the Assembly floor, Fredericks posed for pictures with legislators and signed several autographs.
Fredericks, who is now living on his family’s 88-acre farm in the Montgomery County town of Glen, captured the Capital Region’s heart with his voice, unique style and determination on the show.
Fredericks’ local performances have drawn large crowds, the most recent coming at the end of FLY 92’s Summer Jam 2015 in Saratoga Springs.
“It’s great to have such a talented young man that is from this area,” said Santabarbara. “Sawyer proves that if you work hard and stick to your dream, you can accomplish anything no matter who you are or where you’re from.”
State Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, said Fredericks was greeted with open arms on the Senate floor.
“In Montgomery County there are still signs up for him all over the place,” Amedore said. “It gives everyone a great feeling. I don’t think many people in the Senate have heard of Fultonville or Glen, but Sawyer has put a very large star on the map for those places.”