By Shelby Mullis
INDIANAPOLIS — All eyes of the Indiana House were on 16-year-old Addison Agen Thursday as she belted out her rendition of the National Anthem in her strong, clear voice.
As she finished, House members rose to their feet giving the Fort Wayne native an enthusiastic ovation.
Addison Agen, runner-up on NBC’s The Voice, performs the national anthem during the House session Thursday. Photo by Zoie Richey, TheStatehouseFile.com
Agen turned her dreams into a reality when she auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice” last year. Little did she know, however, that she would eventually become the first runner-up in the competition.
“It’s been amazing to come back home and see all the signs, all the support and all the love in a visual way because I just saw pictures before,” Agen said. “I wanted to be here and feel that, and now I definitely can. It’s been incredible.”
Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, introduced Agen to House members where she was recognized for her accomplishments.
“I’ve actually known Addison her whole life,” Carbaugh said. “What’s been neat about this whole journey of her on “The Voice” is for the entire country and the world to see the beautiful young lady and sweet girl she is. What you saw on TV and how gracious she was, that’s who she is.”
Agen began her music career at age 4 when she started singing, and at age 11, she found her passion for songwriting. She released her first album in 2016, titled “New Places.”
“There’s no number that you have to be to be good at something,” she said. “Even if you’re 80 or if you’re four, there’s no stopping you, and there’s so much time to learn. Starting young is always good. Dreams do come true and plans work out the way they’re supposed to.”
Shelby Mullis is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.