We bet y'all have never heard the traditional american folk song, "A Man Of Constant Sorrow" performed like this before! 15-year-old Sawyer Fredericks blew away both the judges and audience within the first five seconds, forcing Adam, Pharrell, and Christina to turn around with his incredible talent. It took longer for Blake to turn his chair, but he did, and how could he not with that kind of voice?
"A Man Of Constant Sorrow" was first recorded by Dick Burnett in 1913. Interest in the folk song peaked once again with the release of O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000. It was recorded by Dan Tyminski on the soundtrack, though it was George Clooney's character that performed it in the film. It received a Grammy and a CMA award for Tyminski's rendition. No one knows for sure who wrote that song. Towards the end of his life, Burnett couldn't even recall where he'd gotten the tune from originally.
After the first couple of lines, "I'm a man of constant sorrow; I've seen trouble all my days," he had already won the coaches over. He continued on, singing the song in a totally different way than it was intended - much more bluesy - rendering the judges speechless. After Sawyer's audition, the coaches got into an intense battle, trying to win him over.
Adam said, "Sawyer, I don't know if you've had your mind made up already about who you want it to be. If it's not me, I'm going to change your mind because I'm on a thin thread right now, Sawyer. And I need someone like you; I need someone to crush Blake with, which is you. I promise you you're not going anywhere until you're the last person standing in this competition." Blake interjected and said, "Oh, you can't say that. Illegal motion!"
Y'all don't want to miss this incredible audition by the young Sawyer, who ended up choosing to be on Team Pharrell. It's very, very impressive and really showcases his talent.
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