(NBC) The moment was dramatic, if not a surprise.
Sawyer Fredericks, the folk-singing teen from Fultonville, New York had been a front runner on “The Voice” most of the season. Now, he’s the show’s champion.
Fredericks beat out Nashville’s Meghan Linsey for the crown and earned praise from his coach.
“When I was 16, I did not sound like that. He’s an anomaly. It’s something else,” said Pharrell Williams.
The second place finish was a validation for Linsey. She traded a career in country for a soulful sound.
“For the show to let me be me on this kind of a platform is just huge,” Linsey said afteward.
Folk rocker Joshua Davis finished third, and 17-year-old Koryn Hawthorne fourth.
Fredericks, the farm kid who made bowler hats a fashion statement, now has a new car and a recording contract waiting
“The Voice” returns for a new season in the fall.