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A final four favorite breaks down during her Tim McGraw cover on “The Voice” YouTube/The Voice
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If you’re a country music fan who watches “The Voice,” chances are you haven’t paid too much attention to singer Addison Agen. Yes, she’s insanely talented, but she hasn’t been covering country music up to this point on the show.

However, all of that changed during night one of the live season 13 finale on Dec. 18.

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The 16-year-old songstress, who belongs to coach Adam Levine’s team, was first to take the stage, and completely nailed Tim McGraw’s emotional 2016 hit, “Humble and Kind,” written by lauded country music songwriter Lori McKenna.

Onstage, Addison — who is the youngest of the final four contestants — sparkled in a green gown. She also showed her powerful range and honeyed vocals on the ballad, with its lyrics about how to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Near the end of her performance of the Grammy-winning song, Addison walked toward the audience at a slow pace, and stopped to catch her tears before the audience applauded her for her honesty. When she finished, all four judges were on their feet.

“That’s what moments like this [are] about,” coach Jennifer Hudson raved. “When you break down and have a moment like that, that’s what makes it that much more real to us. If you don’t feel it, how do you expect us to feel it? And, because you did, it allowed us to come into that moment that much more. What you have possessed on that stage, and what you have shown throughout this competition, is you are humble, you are beautiful and you are kind, and you showed that in this song.”

“The fact that you did lose it at the end there was beautiful,” Adam echoed. “The reason why I say that is because your connection to life is more important than your connection to music, and I think that should always be the case. If it overwhelms you a little tiny bit, all that does is show that you’re that much more human, and I dig that about you. To say I’m proud is, like, the understatement of the year.”

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Even though Addison proved herself with “Humble and Kind” she wasn’t done showing off her talents. In fact, each finalist sang three times during the Monday night show. So, she later teamed with her coach to deliver a heart-wrenching duet on “Falling Slowly” from the film “Once.” She also dazzled in a second solo performance of her original song, “Tennessee Rain.”

While we don’t know if Addison is the winner just yet, we do feel like she has a good shot at nabbing the title. Tune into see who wins the show on Tuesday, Dec. 19 when “The Voice” returns at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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