“The Voice” veteran, Addison Agen, uses her talent locally


A Fort Wayne television channel recently added a promotional video and song starring none other than Addison Agen. Agen, as many will remember, was the runner-up on season 13 of “The Voice.” The Fort Wayne teen earned two chair turns during her blind audition. She sang Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

Agen has completed a series of successful concerts, with some still to come. Yet, Agen has taken time out of her busy schedule to sing “Focused on the Fort.” The song is designed to highlight the way local NBC affiliate, WISE-TV, covers all aspects of Fort Wayne.

“The Voice” veteran is joined by another Fort Wayne singer, Niyoki Chapman.

Addison Agen and “Focused on the Fort” why the project matters

Yes, it is a promotional video for a television station. Still, there is something of the Agen spirit that shines through. Maybe it is the young woman’s voice. Or, the down-to-earth way she presents herself in the video. “Focused on the Fort” matters because even cynical longtime residents can find truth in what Agen sings and the song’s message could then reach people in a way that they had not been expected to be reached.

The visuals of the video are not bad, either. There is plenty of sunshine, smiling singers and news anchors who look happy and ready to perform their tasks.

The song itself is a pop song that makes good use of Agen’s voice. Scenes of Agen and Chapman in the studio and hanging out in Fort Wayne. The two singers harmonize beautifully throughout.

Maybe a television promo video was the last place people expected to see Agen. But for some reason, “Focused on the Fort” illustrates the very qualities of Agen that made people cheer for her a few years ago when she was on “The Voice.” “Focused on the Fort” might arguably prove to be the most interesting promo video in Fort Wayne history.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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