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Addison Agen sings her heart out on The Voice

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Blessed with a grand instrument honed and honeyed in church, blessed too with an old soul’s poise, Addison Agen, 16, of Fort Wayne, sang for Team Adam on Monday night, and staked a poignant claim to be The Voice on this season’s The Voice.

Which comes as no surprise to her father, Morrison (Nobles) Agen, a Duneland native and CHS grad (Class of 1993) and now owner of Neat Neat Neat Records & Music in Fort Wayne.

“I’m glad the rest of the world is seeing and hearing what I’ve seen and heard for such a long time,” Agen told the Chesterton Tribune. “Addison has a talent and skill well beyond her years.”

Addison began her career while still very young, singing in church, before joining her mother, Kristine--a music therapist--as they performed together in hospitals and nursing homes, Agen said. She was only 11 when she began writing her own songs, truly good and mature songs, and only 13 when she started recording them. The result: an album of original music entitled New Places, released in 2016 and available on iTunes. Agen produced it himself, “not because she’s my daughter but because she’s got great songs.”

Although Agen characterizes Addison’s style as most nearly Indie/folk, she’s sung a number of country pieces on The Voice, including an astonishing flip of Bonnie Raitt’s “Angel from Montgomery,” a wise, sad song of regret and yearning which somehow the 16-year-old made her own. “She does a really great job of turning them into her own art,” Agen said.

In the meantime, the attention and the accolades which Addison’s received since first appearing on The Voice--every day she gets hundreds of messages “from all over the world” on her Facebook page, which Agen manages--have done little either to distract or unsettle her. “Addison’s a champ,” Agen said. “She’s super chill, very well grounded. The social media presence is very intense, more intense than the show, but she’s handling it very well with a very cool head. She doesn’t have a big head about that at all.”

On Monday’s show Addison sang twice, first an emotional flip of Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” which she finished in tears and with a sob that prompted an explosive ovation from the live audience. The response of her coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5: “Your connection to life is more important than your connection to music.” Later in the show she performed, deftly and passionately, as her original song, “Tennessee Rain.” Coach Jennifer Hudson’s take on it: “You are music.”

Whether she wins, places, or shows, Addison will still win, Agen said. “When you make the Top Four, you’ve got a career. If Addison comes in second, she’ll still have lots of opportunities and I’d be stunned if somebody doesn’t offer her something. The Voice is what you make of it. You can do something or you can do nothing. It all depends on staying firm in your convictions. We’ll just see where the chips fall. Addison is not tied to the outcome. She’s set herself to do something.”

The winner of The Voice--who receives $100,000 and a recording contract--will be announced tonight after two final performances. The show airs at 7 p.m. on NBC.




Posted 12/19/2017




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