That’s the only way to describe my reaction when I heard Addison Agen’s original music.
Addison, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was just 15 when she released her 10-track “New Places” album in April 2016.
Let’s just say it’s chock full of must-hear tracks. “Play It By Ear” might be my favorite pre-Voice song among lots and lots of pre-Voice music I’ve listened to from rumored Season 13 contestants.
Other top tracks include “Look,” “On Your Own,” “Show Me a New Way” and “Sugarcoat.” Head to Bandcamp.com and you can listen to the entire album, which by the way, is available digitally, as a CD or on vinyl.
According to her Facebook bio, Addison was just 2 when she started playing piano. Her mother would color code the three chords she needed for each song to help her out until she could learn to play on her own.
“Her voice was always a bit shocking,” that bio reads. “As a small toddler, people were always commenting on her rough, gravel sounding voice.”
Her interest in music isn’t surprising. Her general manager is Morrison Agen, her dad. Once an aspiring musician, he runs a business called Neat Neat Neat Records and Music in Fort Wayne and has built studios and live sound systems for hundreds of clients all over the world, according to his bio on the business’s website.
As for Agen, The Voice coaches always seem especially impressed with young artists. Sometimes, it even seems like they’re grading them on a curve, awarding bonus points for their youth.
That always seems unfair to me. If you allow 15-year olds to audition alongside experienced musicians, they should out-sing and out-perform those experienced musicians in order to advance on the show.
But judging from what I’ve heard of Addison, she should need no special consideration to excel on the show. Check out her cover of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” below.
And keep in mind that most of the tracks on her album were recorded when she was 13 or 14.
The Voice has done it again, rounding up an impressive array of talent for Season 13. Keep checking back for more profiles of the contestants we’ll meet when the blind auditions begin Sept. 25 on NBC. And for complete coverage of The Voice once Season 13 begins.