Sawyer Fredericks is returning to his New York roots again, this time as a headliner at the 2015 New York State Fair in Syracuse.
Officials announced Fredericks’ solo performance on Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to perform on the Stan Colella Stage at Chevy Court stage at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5. The concert is free with all fair admissions and is advertised as kid-friendly.
The Fultonville 16-year-old found fame winning the eighth season of the reality television singing competition “The Voice.” The season lasted less than three months, but during that time, Fredericks broke series records and is on his way to setting more. He had 14 songs on the iTunes Top 200 Singles Chart at the same time, every single he performed during the live rounds reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Singles Chart, and he has sold nearly 1 million copies of his performances. That puts him on pace to become the highest-selling artist ever on “The Voice.”
Before all that, Fredericks was raised on a Montgomery County farm and performed at local fairs, farmers markets and regional competitions. Performing at the state fair will give him a chance to re-live the pre-television days, just on a much larger stage.
Fredericks’ solo performance will be on the second and final Saturday afternoon of the fair. His opening acts are fellow “The Voice” alumni who call New York home. Josh Batstone of Fulton also appeared on this season of the show and advanced to the battle round. Amanda Lee Peers of Rochester competed in season seven and made it to the battle round. She recently released her first album and has opened for artists including Mat Kearny and The Script as a solo act.
“New York farms always grow special things and in this case, an immensely talented performer in Sawyer who is clearly on his way to the top,” said Troy Waffner, acting fair director. “Josh and Amanda may not have grown up on a farm, but they’ve cultivated their talents, too. This will be a very special show.”
Fredericks’ performance will take place on one of 12 days of entertainment at Chevy Court during the state fair. The concert series will feature two shows daily, one at 2 p.m. and another at 8 p.m., with the exception of Labor Day, which will have one show at 6 p.m.
The concert series will feature a wide variety of artists, including Rick Springfield, Buckcherry, Snoop Dogg, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas and many others.
This year’s fair will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.
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