Sawyer Fredericks sings ‘A Thousand Years’ on The Voice 2015 Semi-Final (VIDEO)
I adore the staging, with the ballerina in a giant music box. I love it so much that it’s almost kind of distracting. Thankfully for Sawyer, the camera focuses more on him than on the background, getting in close to keep the ballerina from dominating the frame. This is a beautiful arrangement, and probably the most I’ve ever liked this song. In fact, I like the arrangement more than the vocal itself, which is saying a lot, because I thought this was easily better than Sawyer’s first performance. I dug how many different shades this displayed, from tenderness to power to slight grit. He closes on the line “I am one step closer,” and I can’t think of a more poignant plea for a spot in the finale. This was a very calculated performance, and smart in that regard. After the performance, Carson shouts out the ballerina, Jessica, in a cool little moment.
But what did you think of Sawyer Fredericks tonight? Sound off in the comments!
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Download: Sawyer Fredericks, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (iTunes)