Concordia Lutheran High School student may be on ‘The Voice’

Fort Wayne could have another competitor on “The Voice.”

Concordia Lutheran High School announced Tuesday that student Addison Agen, 16, auditioned last January in Chicago for the hit NBC television show “The Voice.” The show, which begins its season Sept. 25, features music celebrities as coaches who select aspiring vocalists for their teams and then have them all compete to see who is the best singer.

The show places very tight restrictions on participants as far as publicity, so Agen can’t talk with the media right now about her experience. A call to NBC didn’t yield much more information.

“We can confirm that Addison did indeed audition for ‘The Voice,'” an NBC spokesperson for “The Voice” said in reply to an email. “We cannot confirm which episode (she will appear on) or whether she made it onto a team at this point.”

If Addison makes it into “The Voice” competition rounds, she will be the second person with Fort Wayne ties to do so in the past two years.

Fort Wayne native Barry Minniefield made it into the knockout rounds before being eliminated during the 2015 season. Minniefield had moved to California as a young man.

Addison, a junior at Concordia, has starred in a few drama department productions at the school, including playing the lead role last fall in “Sorry, Wrong Number,” the school’s news release said.

“She’s got a great voice, a beautiful voice — very different than a lot of high school students,” said Chris Murphy, Concordia’s drama director.

Many high school students have a background in choral singing, but Addison grew up performing, Murphy said.

Music has been “a way of life” in the Agen family, said Kristine Agen, Addison’s mother.

Kristine is a music therapist who currently teaches at IPFW and works with patients at the Parkview Hospital-Randallia campus. Addison’s father, Morrison, operates the Neat Neat Neat Records & Music store at 1836 S. Calhoun St.

The Agens have a family band, which mainly is Addison, her mother and the Agens’ son, Korrigan, who plays bass guitar.

Kristine, Addison and Korrigan frequently lead worship services as part of a praise band performing at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave., and at Come2go Ministries, 323 W. Baker St.

Now when they perform, Addison sings lead and Kristine plays the role of backup singer.

“Her voice stops traffic,” Kristine said. “She sounds like a 35-year-old who smokes a pack a day.”

A folk music artist, Addison is both a singer and songwriter, her mother said. Her daughter’s song lyrics are always deep and emotional, she added.

“She’s a really old soul,” she said.

Kristine Agen said Addison also is very hard-working, focused and driven.

“We don’t believe in teenagers at our house,” she said. “We believe in young adults. Even someone of a young age can do amazing things.”


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