UPDATED: ‘The Voice’ finals show Monday could give Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen a time to shine
Addison Agen already knows what she wants to do musically. During Monday night’s finals performance show on “The Voice,” millions of Americans will get a glimpse of what may be ahead for her musically.
The four remaining contestants — Addison, Chloe Kohanski, Brooke Simpson and Red Marlow — are scheduled to perform original music during Monday’s show at 8 p.m. on NBC, which airs locally on Channel 21.2.
Addison, 16, of Fort Wayne, began writing her own music a few years ago, inspired in part by her parents’ divorce. She put out her first album, “New Places,” at age 13.
An indie-folk music artist who is passionate about the message in her lyrics and in storytelling, Addison already has begun work on a second album.
That gives the Concordia Lutheran High School junior plenty of choices when it comes to selecting a song to sing Monday night on “The Voice.”
“I’m excited to see what she uses,” her brother, Korrigan, 18, of Fort Wayne, said during a phone interview with News-Sentinel.com. “There are a lot of good ones.”
Addison has sung a song by folk music legend Joni Mitchell each of the past two weeks on “The Voice,” and her own music has some similarities to Mitchell’s, said Korrigan, who plays bass guitar and plans to study filmmaking beginning next fall at Columbia College Chicago.
Addison isn’t interested in making pop hits, Korrigan said.
“She wants to put out whole albums, not singles,” he said.
That approach and strong fan support seem to have worked: Since “The Voice” live shows began Nov. 20, Addison’s solo performances on the show all have ranked in the Top 10 on the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart. Those rankings give her the show’s iTunes Bonus — credit for five times the actual number of iTunes votes she received.
“We are going to need the community’s support more than ever,” Korrigan said of helping Addison get the iTunes bonus again during overnight viewer voting after Monday night’s show.
He believes Addison has more hometown support than any of the other finalists, and he, Addison and their family are very grateful for it.
“Vote for Addison” signs have popped up in residential yards and are on local businesses’ signs around town. Some businesses have started offering a price discount on food or other items if people have bought Addison’s “The Voice” performances on iTunes or Apple Music.
A few locations around Fort Wayne also have organized “The Voice” viewing parties, such as Come2Go Ministries, the Tecumseh branch of the Allen County Public Library, and Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits.
Addison also has attracted solid support from “The Voice” viewers around the country, Korrigan said. Through what Addison posts on social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, people can see what a great person she is, in addition to being a talented vocalist, Korrigan said.
“I think it’s super well-deserved,” he said of Addison’s presence in “The Voice” finals. “She has worked so hard for it.”
After the show, which ends with a season finale at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Korrigan said he’s looking forward to being together as a family again and celebrating the holidays. It will be nice to relax and not have to worry about Addison and “The Voice” for a little while.
And they likely will have only a brief time for relaxing.
Because being a finalist on “The Voice” puts you on a national stage, Addison will have to work really hard during the next year to build on that name recognition and launch her music career, Korrigan said.
“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 other pairs include Noah Mac accompanying Bastille on “World Gone Mad”; Red Marlow will join Vince Gill to perform “When I Call Your Name”; Chloe Kohanski will team with Billy Idol on “White Wedding”; Davon Fleming will sing with Jessie J on “Not My Ex”; Adam Cunningham and Keisha Renee will perform with Bebe Rexha on “Meant to Be”; and Brooke Simpson will partner with Sia on “Titanium,” the news release said.
Music stars Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, N.E.R.D. and Charlie Puth, plus “The Voice” season 12 winner Chris Blue, also will perform on the show, the news release said.
CUMULATIVE VOTING STILL OPEN
Though overnight voting closed earlier today for tonight’s results show, fans can continue casting votes toward their favorite contestant’s cumulative vote total. Any iTunes downloads or Apple Music streaming of a contestant’s “The Voice” performances made now through 7 a.m. Dec. 19 will count toward the contestant’s cumulative vote total, which will decide the season winner.
THE ADDISON ARCHIVE
Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”: