FORT WAYNE, Indiana — Addison Agen is just 16 years old, but her maturity level would put her beyond her years in age. She’s coming off being the runner-up of season 13 of “The Voice.”
Viewers tuned in weekly to see Agen and the other finalists sing. Some even wrote in declaring Agen the winner, which proved she was a winner in the hearts of her fans.
Agen grew up with music in her house. Her mom is a music therapist, so according to Agen, “it’s always been about music enjoyment.” At the age of 9 or 10 she sang for the first time alone on stage.
“When I first sang by myself, I was singing on open mic night, and it was just me and the piano and I just absolutely loved that feeling of taking people on a journey through lyrics and through melody. It kind of stuck with me like ‘Oh, this is what I really want to do,’” said Agen.
Her appearance on “The Voice” can be credited to her Spanish teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School.
“It’s always been sort of a dream of mine to be on the show ‘The Voice’ specifically just because it’s so focused on just the voice and what you can do. So it had always been a dream of mine, but I would have never gone out and done it by myself, I never would have just gone to an audition ever. But, I was singing the National Anthem at my high school volleyball game and my Spanish teacher was there and she looked up ‘The Voice’ online to see if there were any open calls, and there just happened to be an open call in Chicago that weekend. She emailed my mom and my mom signed me up without even asking me and then two days later we were on our way. So it was kind of like, alright let’s do it. I’m definitely the type to just jump on opportunity and just go for it,” said Agen.
Agen praises all of the coaches on “The Voice,” but can’t help but admit that Adam Levine is her favorite.
“I grew really, really close to Adam just because I was on his team, but I really enjoyed Miley too. They all have really, really special things about them and just different qualities. It really becomes a family, so it’s just like which one do you pick? How do you pick which friend is your favorite? But I grew closest to Adam, just because he was the one helping with my songs and stuff like that,” said Agen.
Agen would recommend auditioning for “The Voice” to anyone that is thinking about it.
“Yes, I say there’s no harm in trying anything at all, unless it’s like drugs, don’t do that! There’s no point in not trying to go towards your dreams. You’ll be put on the path of where you need to go and mine just happened to be ‘The Voice’ and got me to the next step. It totally could be someone else’s path, too. I’m sure it will be. I would totally encourage that,” said Agen.
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