It’s been nearly nine months since Beamer has had an update here at Rivenmaster’s Place! The reason is not because there hasn’t been anything to report. In fact, quite the opposite! This past year has been exceptionally busy for Beamer, and only recently were we able to track him down to find out what he’s been up to.
This past Christmas Beamer was honored to be the sole performer on the “City of Penticton Float” for the Santa Clause parade, where he entertained the crowds with a selection of Christmas songs that he learned just for the occasion. He also performed on the Disney Cruise Ship “Wonder” during his Mexican cruise.
In addition, he played a major role in the Sound-stage production of “Whistle Down The Wind”, as “Poor Baby”, complete with a Louisiana southern drawl! Beamer exclaimed;
“I loved the rehearsals and the performances, and especially the interaction with the other cast members.”
Beamer on Stage in “Whistle Down the Wind”
In March and for the third year, he entered into the “Our Kids Have Talent” competition in Vernon, which features young artists ages 8-18 and once again, was the youngest contestant to make it to the top 12, having received the 2nd highest mark in auditions! He performed two songs, “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay and “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.
Soon to be 14 year old Sawyer Christopher Fredericks was born March 31, 1999 on a blue moon. He lived in Connecticut, first in Newtown, then in Roxbury, with his mother, father and two older brothers until 2007, when they moved to upstate NY and bought a small family farm.
Like many young talented musicians, Sawyer was singing before he could even speak, basically singing with perfect pitch. While his words I’m told were nonsensical (baby scat), there was no doubt that he had already found his vocal gift. Not only was his singing notable, but Sawyer was quick to pick up melodies that he heard and also began to create his own melodies.
While no one in his immediate family has ever pursued a career in music, there is certainly a great love for listening to and creating music.
Sawyer’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all show signs of being musically inclined or talented. Sawyer’s own unique talents have blossomed in an encouraging and rich musical environment. As he got a little older, he became self-conscious of his singing and would only sing in front of people in his immediate family, but no matter where he was or what he was doing; there was always a song in his heart and on his lips.
It wasn’t until he was 11 years old that he decided he might be ready to sing in front of others, and joined a local summer children’s choir. The director of the choir was local accomplished singer-songwriter Katy Cole who is also an elementary school music teacher. In addition to being enrolled in Katy’s choir, Sawyer began taking vocal lessons from her. Katy believes Sawyer is a musical prodigy of sorts, and the singing seems to come naturally. The only problem was Sawyer’s stage fright and shyness – he would sing so quietly, it was almost a whisper. To get him to relax, Katy allowed him to sing down the hall where he couldn’t be seen. After quite a while, Sawyer developed enough courage to show what he could do. Surprising everyone, Sawyer chose to perform a short solo during the choir recital.