VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen leaves crowd spellbound with original song ‘Tennessee Rain’ on ‘The Voice’
Addison Agen deeply feels the stories she sings about in her songs, and that connection came through all evening during the final night of competition on “The Voice.’
Addison, 16, of Fort Wayne, had the crowd hanging on the words of “Tennessee Rain,” an original song she performed near the end of the show.
The song about love and rejection showcased Addison’s voice at its best, with a guitarist joining her on stage and the band providing minimal backup.
“Addison, babe, you are just music,” celebrity coach Jennifer Hudson said after the performance.
“You are truly born to be a star,” Hudson added.
During a taped segment that played before the performance, Addison’s coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, told Addison she is one of those rare performers whose voice truly is the same as the person they are.
He also puts her with singers who are at their best when their voice leads the way on a song.
“This song and with all the other ones, we have made sure they represent you all the way to the end,” Levine said.
With all of the teen girls out there thinking about pursuing their dreams, and for his young daughter and a second daughter on the way, and he can’t imagine a better role model for them to look up to than Addison, he said.
Addison began the night with a vulnerable performance of country music star Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” breaking down with emotion on the final words.
The performance still drew praises from the celebrity coaches, who were standing along with the audience and applauding as the band finished the last several notes of the song.
“You are humble, you are beautiful and you are kind,” Hudson said.
When a performer breaks down and “you have a moment and feel it,” it makes the performance more real to the audience, Hudson added.
Your connection to life is more important than your connection to music, Levine told her.
“You amaze me,” Levine said. “Every time you get up there, you make me proud and blow me away.”
Wearing a green, sparkling full-length dress, Addison was the first “The Voice” Final Four contestant to perform Monday night.
“This is the perfect song,” she said in taped comments before the performance. “Humble and kind – that’s where I started.”
The lyrics seemed to mirror some of Addison’s own story:
“Hold the door, say, “Please,” say, “Thank you,”
“Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie.
“I know you got mountains to climb,
“But always stay humble and kind.
“When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you,
“When the work you put in is realized,
“Let yourself feel the pride,
“But always stay humble and kind.
“Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you,
“When you get where you’re going, don’t forget, turn back around,
“And help the next one in line,
“Always stay humble and kind.”
She broke up before she could finish the last two lines, wiping away a few tears as the coaches and audience applauded for her.
Each of the Final Four contestant sang three songs during Monday night’s two-hour “The Voice” final performance show — a solo cover song, a duet with their celebrity coach and an original song. In addition to Addison, the finalists include Brooke Simpson, Chloe Kohanski and Red Marlow.
During their duet, the voices of Addison and Levine blended well in their performance of the song “Falling Slowly,” which was originally done by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and then by Josh Groban.
In comments before Addison’s solo, Levine said some of the success of “The Voice” contestants grows from the chemistry between the singer and her or his coach.
Addison and Levine seem to have good chemistry on and off the stage, with her saying, “I never thought I would be able to call Adam Levine my friend,” before they high-fived and jumped in the air together.
YOU DECIDE THE WINNER
“The Voice” season winner will be determined by overnight voting by viewers from Monday night into Tuesday morning. Those results will be added to the cumulative vote total the contestants have amassed during the live-show episodes of “The Voice” for a final total.
The contestant with the highest final vote total will win.
Voting during the overnight voting window for tonight’s show will be allowed during the following times in the Fort Wayne area:
• “The Voice” smartphone app, online at NBC.com or on Facebook: 8 p.m. Monday through noon Tuesday
• iTunes: 8 p.m. Monday through noon Tuesday
• Apple Music: 8 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday
• Xfinity and X1: 8-11 p.m. Monday
For a full description of voting rules, go to https://www.nbc.com/the-voice/exclusives/voice-rules#main.
“THE VOICE” FINALS
• Finals performance show, 8-10 p.m. Monday
• Finals recap show, 8-9 p.m. Tuesday
• Finals results show, 9-11 p.m. Tuesday
All of the shows will be broadcast locally on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.
The results show will be a star-studded extravaganza featuring all Top 8 “The Voice” contestants singing with an established music star, a news release on “The Voice” website said.
Addison will sing “Don’t Know Why” with Norah Jones.
THE ADDISON ARCHIVE
Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”: