Newtown native wins ‘The Voice’

Newtown native Sawyer Fredericks has won the eighth season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Fredericks, 16, took the title during Tuesday night’s finale. The acoustic singer-songwriter edged out fellow finalists Meghan Linsey, Joshua Davis and Koryn Hawthorne.

“It’s been the most fantastic thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s just been fantastic,” said Fredericks’ step-grandmother, Barbara Larsen, who lives in Monroe. “I just want to reach through the TV and hug him,” she told NBC Connecticut.

Although he now lives in upstate New York, Fredericks spent early childhood in Newtown and spent much of his childhood in Roxbury, NBC Connecticut reported.He learned to play the guitar when he was 12 years old and has composed more than three dozen songs in the years since.

Fredericks released his first full-length album in June 2013 and held his CD release party at the General Store on Bank Street in Seymour.

The teenager’s win on the highly-rated NBC show marks the second time in a week that a singer with area connections has won a nationally-televised competition.

Guilford’s Nick Fradiani won this year’s “American Idol” series on Fox last week.

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Frank Juliano