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Music is Everything to Local ‘The Voice’ Contestant

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Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 18, 2017

By: Mikaela Conley

The first time I walked into Neat Neat Neat Records, Morrison Agen, the owner, told me I needed to hear his 13-year-old daughter sing. She had just cut her first album, and he was as proud as a father could be.

Three years later, Agen was shown on “The Voice,” watching his daughter turn around the chairs of two out of the four coaches during the blind auditions.

Addison Agen has always been around music — even before her dad opened a record store.

“I’ve been interested in music since the very day I was born,” she said over the phone.

She was about 9 or 10 when she started gigging by herself and thinking of music as a career choice. But before that she said she remembers following her mom, a music therapist and IPFW professor, around to nursing homes, retirement homes and hospitals, and singing to the residents.

“We sing to them and it brings a little bit of joy or hope or love into their day, which is sometimes rare for people,” she said. “I think (music) is such an important tool we can use not only just to enjoy but to help bring people back to life and bring certain emotions that we haven’t felt in a long time. … Sometimes they can’t even remember their name, but they can remember their favorite song from high school.”

Agen, a self-described folk/pop artist, said she likes her lyrics to be meaningful and a main focus of the music.

“I like to live a little bit and take notes kind of about my life and write it down in journals and then re-read that and go over that and take lyrics from that and think of a chord progression and build it from there,” she said.

And instead of writing about specific situations, she said, she writes about long periods of time, including the experiences she has had and the people involved: “The people I’ve encountered and been around, and the people I miss and the people I know super well or people I just met,” she said.

Agen has not announced a timeframe or date for a release of her next album, but she does have enough original music to make one and has started doing demos. She said, however, that her second album will be different than her first.

“I was 13 for the last one … . I was banking on other people’s help … this time, I have my own ideas and I know what I want out of this album, and I’ve gone through more experiences that I’ve put into the songs,” she said. “It will be quite different but the same heart behind it all.”

Agen was one of the youngest contestants to appear on “The Voice,” but she said doesn’t let age play a role in anything she does.

“There was a 61-year-old that auditioned for this season and there was a 13-year-old that auditioned for this season, and it absolutely does not matter your age, or what you look like, your weight, your height, what color your eyes are, it does not matter at all,” she said. “I think anyone can accomplish anything at any age if they put their whole heart into it.”

And that is what Agen has done.

“The Voice” is scheduled to continue Nov. 15. on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.