Catching up after ‘The Voice’: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen, who performs Sunday at the Three Rivers Festival, is making her way as a musician
Addison Agen performed a benefit concert this past weekend in Gilman, Wis., population 400, and 700 people showed up.
Gilman is her mom’s hometown, and her grandparents live there. But she’s received good receptions at other stops as she goes out on brief concert tours around the Midwest region.
“It’s been really fun,” Agen, 17, said during a phone interview Monday with News-Sentinel.com.
The Fort Wayne native and 2017 fall “The Voice” runner-up will perform Sunday evening at the Three Rivers Festival in a concert featuring Christian music artists. Also performing will be Christiana Hicks of Fort Wayne, who made it to the Top 10 during the spring 2018 season of “The Voice.”
In addition, Agen and Hicks will serve as grand marshals for Saturday’s TRF parade. Agen will sing the national anthem before the parade, and Hicks will sing “America the Beautiful.”
Here’s an update on Agen’s music career. For a similar update on Hicks, see the accompanying story.
PURSUING THE DREAM
It’s been eight months since Agen’s last appearance on “The Voice,” and the Americana/indie folk music artist still is firmly committed to pursuing the music career she’s dreamed of having.
The regional concert performances are a good way to keep her name out there, gain experience and test performing with other musicians.
Her performances have included shows for large groups of Girl Scouts in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Dayton and Columbus in Ohio, in “big, big places I never expected to play,” she said.
She has been working with a music director from New York City, who is assembling a band to back her up, she said. They just tested out the latest version of the full band, and “it went really, really well,” Agen said.
At her performances, Agen and the band play a mix of her original songs from her first album, “New Places,” and her upcoming album, as well as songs she sang on “The Voice.”
She is scheduled to perform during the Three Rivers Festival Christian music concert beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday at the pavilion in Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. She also is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Jay County Fair in Portland, which is about 50 miles south of Fort Wayne.
The short concert tours have given her a taste of the musician’s touring life, Agen said. She’s learned where and with whom you stay affects how relaxed you are on tour, she said.
NEW ALBUM NEWS
Agen hoped Tuesday to finish the vocal final touches on her new album, which she is recording at Sweetwater in Fort Wayne. She doesn’t have a release date yet, but she said people can go to her soon-to-be-finished website, AddisonAgen.com, to check for news about the release date or to pre-order it. On the website, people also can find dates and locations for upcoming concerts and order her first album.
Agen said she also has two songs from the new album ready for release as singles and now is in planning when to release the songs on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, CD, vinyl and YouTube.com.
In August, Agen hopes to spend some time in music mecca Nashville, Tenn., to do some song co-writing with musicians there. She will start with her band’s piano player and branch out from there.
This fall, she hopes to play as an opening act for a music A-list performer, she said. If that doesn’t happen, she’d like to organize a month-long concert tour with herself as the headline act and another performer or group as the opening act.
Agen also plans to start work on a third album.
“I’ll start right away after this one,” she said. “I have been writing plenty and plenty of songs, so there will be a lot to choose from.”
• The former Concordia Lutheran High School student was a junior when her season of “The Voice” started Sept. 25, 2017. She ended up completing her junior year by taking classes online so she would have time to work on building her music career.
She now plans to complete her senior year of high school by taking online classes over the next two years, she said. That will allow her to fit in school work while continuing to spend 50 to 60 hours a week on her music career.
“Which is OK with me, because I’m having the time of my life,” she said of her music work schedule.
• She also spent a week in the Dominican Republic in May on a missions trip with a team of students from Butler University in Indianapolis who are studying to become physician assistants and pharmacists.
She worked in the pharmacy for three days and was able to meet some of the Dominican people and see how they live. The experience was eye-opening, Agen said, because a shed here would be similar to a middle-class home there.
She also plans to go on a missions trip to Africa in late December and early January.
Addison Agen’s concert schedule includes:
• 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jay County Fair, 806 E. Votaw St. in Portland. Cost: $15, $20, $30 and $50 per person. Tickets are available via the fair website.
• 5 p.m. Sunday at the Three Rivers Festival entertainment pavilion in Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets. The concert features Agen and spring 2018 “The Voice” Top 10 member Christiana Hicks of Fort Wayne, along with Christian music artists Hawk Nelson, Jordan Feliz and Tauren Wells. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance for ages 13 and older and $15 at the door. People buying adult tickets in advance also are eligible for two free tickets for children ages 12 and younger; children are $10 each for ages 2-12 if purchased at the gate. Tickets are available in advance at www.Star883.com and Windows, Doors & More, 1121 W. Washington Center Road.