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 Venues eager  to welcome ‘Voice’ winner


 Venues eager  to welcome ‘Voice’ winner

Fresh off his victory on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” Sawyer Fredericks, the 16-year-old s
 Venues eager  to welcome ‘Voice’ winner
Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort declares May 6th Sawyer Frederick Day following a parade to the Fonda Fairgrounds to honor Sawyer Fredericks, a 16 year old contestant on NBC's the Voice, from Glen, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

Fresh off his victory on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” Sawyer Fredericks, the 16-year-old singer whose voice and unique style has enthralled the region for the last several months, is expected to return home to his farm in the town of Glen sometime this weekend.

Now, several local venues are looking to bring him in for a performance that could draw thousands, possibly even tens of thousands, of fans.

When Fredericks per-

formed at the Fonda Fairgrounds earlier this month in front of roughly 4,000 people, dozens of local fans asked, “What are we going to do if he wins?”

“We are definitely going to try and do something again,” said Andrew Santillo, a spokesman for Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, whose office helped organize the Fonda concert. “We just need to work with his schedule, but we hope we can make something happen.”

Bob Belber, regional general manager of the Times Union Center, said the downtown Albany venue is “perfect” for a Fredericks performance that he expects would attract upward of 10,000 fans.

“We have the perfect venue for something like that,” Belber said, noting the arena can fit roughly 17,000 people. “If he wants to stop here as part of a tour that’s fine, or we would love to have him as a one-off for all of his fans and supporters in the Capital Region.”

Belber reached out to Fredericks’ family Wednesday but said he wouldn’t pressure the teen into doing anything he wasn’t ready to do.

“I think he should have some time to soak in all that he just accomplished,” he said. “This is an amazing feat, and he should take some time to sit back and enjoy it. I do know, however, that there are thousands and thousands of fans in the region and probably nationally that would love to see him perform.”

On May 6, following a parade and performance in Fonda, the Palace Theatre in Albany hosted a Fredericks concert. During both performances, thousands of fans sported his signature derby hat, which has become something of a fashion trend in the region.

“He’s one of us,” MaryLou Schultz of Amsterdam said Tuesday after Fredericks won the competition. “We want to keep supporting him every step of the way and make sure he knows we are here to support him. Wearing the hat is just one way to do that.”

After being lauded by the show’s star-studded panel of judges, Fredericks has become a national celebrity, with his name trending on various social media platforms. Proctors CEO Philip Morris called Fredericks “amazing and terrific” and said he would love to have him perform at the downtown Schenectady theater.

“We just have to wait and see how everything shakes out,” he said. “It’s early on right now, but he is an amazing talent and it would definitely be amazing if we could have him here.”

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