A “The Voice” teen’s country cover earns standing ovation from all four coaches YouTube/The Voice
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Adam Levine’s team took center stage for night two of the live playoffs during “The Voice” on Nov. 14. All six singers — five continuing contestants and one comeback artist — brought their A game throughout the show. But it was 16-year-old, high school student Addison Agen who truly shined in her performance.

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The teenager, who in rehearsals said she had never had a vocal lesson or flown on a plane before landing a spot on the show, blew the panel away with her mature vocals on John Prine’s 1971  song “Angel From Montgomery,” which has been covered by countless artists including Carly Simon,Tanya Tucker, John Denver, Dave Matthews Band and most famously by Bonnie Raitt.

Addison stood onstage and showed off her warm vocals and natural vibrato on the tune that was penned long before she was born. After her performance, all four celebrity coaches gave her a standing ovation.

“I love Addison,” Blake Shelton, who admitted that she’s a threat to his team, exclaimed. “You have so much character in your voice that normally would have to come from somebody who’s been doing this for 20 years.”

“Dang, Addison is probably going to win this, and Adam [Levine’s] going to really shove it in my face, but I’ll be happy if you do,” added Miley Cyrus, who was Addison’s first coach on “The Voice.”

“We feel good when we listen to you sing, and comforted somehow, and its soulful. There’s pain, and there’s happiness,” Adam said before calling Addison a “unicorn.”

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When it came time for Adam to narrow his group of singers down to just the three advancing to the next round, he selected Addison first. He even said that if he didn’t pick her, it “would be a disservice to planet Earth.”


Addison is now a step closer to winning the prize, and will take her position in the Top 12 on Nov. 20.

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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