Montgomery County employees and residents showed their support Monday for a local teen who is among the final eight performers on NBC’s “The Voice” and has wowed the show’s judges and viewers for several months.
Dozens gathered in front of the Montgomery County office building on Broadway for a 30-minute pep rally to show they are backing 16-year-old Glen resident Sawyer Fredericks, who is currently in Los Angeles as he awaits the results of this week’s show. On the front lawn of the county office building a sign reads “CSEA and Montgomery employees support Sawyer.”
Event organizers sent videos and pictures to Fredericks of people wishing him good luck on his Monday night performance.
Fredericks burst onto the scene on the show’s premiere in February after he performed a cover of “I am a Man of Constant Sorrow.”
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After that performance, all four members of the star-studded panel of judges made a pitch to lure Fredericks onto their teams. Citing his originality, Fredericks chose singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams.
Last week, his performance of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls earned him enough votes from viewers across America to send him into the next round.
“I just really wanted to wish him good luck and hopefully he continues to advance on the show,” said Ellen Healey of Fonda. “He is a very talented young man and I think he will continue to show how great he is.”
Montgomery County Department of Public Works Deputy Commissioner Ed Russo said he has voted for Fredericks each week and doesn’t plan on stopping.
“I think he can win the whole thing,” said Russo, who is also the alderman of Amsterdam’s First Ward. “It’s nice to see someone from the area make it big like that. I’d really like to see him win the whole thing.”
After each performance, Fredericks has received an outpouring of support on various social media platforms. Several local media outlets have also followed his run on the show.
When the teen was back on his family’s 88-acre farm during February and March, he performed at a charity event for the Glen Volunteer Fire Department that drew several hundred people.
County Executive Matt Ossenfort said Fredericks is a great example for the region, and the county will continue to support the teen.
“He represents what Montgomery County is all about: He is humble, talented and a hard worker,” Ossenfort said. “He has proven to be a great ambassador for our county and I believe he has great potential.”
Julie Slaper, an event organizer, said she is extremely proud of Fredericks and wanted to show him the whole county is “100 percent behind him.”
“He is going to need our votes tomorrow night and I wanted to make sure that he knows his hometown is there for him,” Slaper said. “He is in our thoughts and prayers and we hope he continues to succeed.”
Fredericks performed on Monday night’s show and will find out on Tuesday’s show if he received enough votes to advance.