Addison Agen’s post-‘Voice’ Embassy Theatre concert thrills Fort Wayne audience

Addison Agen is backed by her band at the first of her two Sunday evening concerts at Embassy Theatre. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen drew about 2,500 people to the first of her two sold-out Sunday evening concerts at Embassy Theatre. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen sang old and new material at the first of her two Sunday evening concerts at Embassy Theatre. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen, barefoot and wearing a red rhinestone-studded jumpsuit, performs at the first of her two Sunday evening concerts at Embassy Theatre. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen receives a rousing welcome at the first of her two Sunday evening concerts at Embassy Theatre. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen plays guitar at the first of her two Sunday evening concerts at Embassy Theatre. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Barefoot and wearing a red rhinestone-studded jumpsuit, last season’s “The Voice” runner-up Addison Agen shared the love she has for her music, hometown and savior at the first of her two Sunday evening sold-out Embassy Theatre concerts.

Addison also shared the stage with a special guest from this season’s NBC music talent show that gave the 16-year-old Concordia Lutheran High School student a nationwide audience for her talent.

Addison opened her show with “Jolene,” which she sang during her blind audition for “The Voice.” During that prerecorded performance, Adam Levine was the first of two “Voice” music celebrity coaches to turn around his chair in hopes of getting Addison for his team. Addison eventually chose Miley Cyrus, but later was saved from elimination in the battle round by Levine, whom she now considers a mentor.

Sunday evening, Addison’s voice exhibited the level of maturity that Levine had described as “full of life and emotion, … like a grown woman who’s been through some crap.” Her first number after intermission, “Tennessee Rain,” was a much-anticipated song from fans who heard her perform it on the season finale of “The Voice.”

“And when he said, I don’t love you

“The first tear broke through

“Now it’s comin’ down

“Like a Tennessee rain.”

Excitement built when Addison motioned toward a second microphone stand placed next to hers. The crowd let out sounds of disappointment when Addison started the mystery guest introduction by saying, “This is a girl.”

“Oh, you all thought it was Adam” Levine, Addison said.

“The Voice” fans found solace when Addison introduced Karli Webster for a repeat of their slow-tempo “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” that they sang during their battle round duet on “The Voice.” It was the song that saw Addison face elimination before she was “saved” by Levine, who helped coach her through to the show’s Dec. 19 season finale, where Addison finished second to 23-year-old Chloe Kohanski.

“This isn’t a battle,” said Webster, dressed in gray leggings and a T-shirt and sporting darker hair than she had on the TV show. “We’re friends. It’s an honor to be here. You won from the beginning in my heart.”

For a second number, the two shared a bench at a piano while Webster played and sang about her feelings after being eliminated from the show.

“You said I wasn’t pure enough

“You said my edge was just too rough.”

However, she showed she overcame doubt with the chorus, “Cause I don’t need anyone at all.”

Addison had shared a song, “Love Yourself,” in the first part of her show that dealt with overcoming the trolls who took swipes at her, which the show had cautioned the contestants would happen. It drew applause as she sang it.

Addison kept a rapport with the audience, asking for the lights to go up after her first song so she could see the sold-out crowd of 2,500, and explaining the story behind each of her songs.

During a question-and-answer period at intermission, Addison said she’d like someday to perform with Brandi Carlile, who had sent her a tweet during “The Voice.”

If music hadn’t worked out, Addison said she’d likely be a tattoo artist, which drew some surprise from the crowd. However, Addison said that Fort Wayne has some amazing tattoo artists, that her parents have “the coolest tattoos” and that she wanted to get a tattoo herself during her time in Los Angeles for “The Voice,” “but the show said no.”

Addison, who attends Come2Go Ministries, ended her show with the second song in her encore by bringing Webster back out and asking the audience to participate in a religious song, “How He Loves.”

“He is jealous for me

“Loves like a hurricane

“I am a tree

“Bending beneath

“The weight of his wind and mercy.”

“I’d like to keep it based off of Christ because that’s why I’m here,” she said in the introduction of it.

THE ADDISON ARCHIVE

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