13-year-old Courtney Hadwin delivered one of the most jaw-dropping performances you will ever see.
America's Got Talent has witnessed some truly amazing acts that have come and gone. Some of these talents literally make you stop in your tracks and applaud at the sheer brilliance of the performance. We often find the most unexpected of individuals emulate some of the finest legends on stage.
When an amazing singer can invoke the emotion of a song in the audience, that amazing singer becomes an amazing artist! That is Courtney Hadwin @courtneyhadwin #music #courtneyhadwin #AGT @agt @SimonCowell pic.twitter.com/nmFHHsFQa9— Graceland 🎯 (@GracelandET) September 24, 2018
13-year-old Courtney Hadwin had recently delivered one of those jaw-dropping performances. Courtney came on stage and at first, appeared to be very shy and nervous. A quick pep talk from judge Mel B helped her and she began to sing her heart out. What happened next might seem unreal to many, and to a few, it would seem as though one of music's finest icons had come back to life. Her performance is nothing short of electrifying and blows you away almost instantly.
When Courtney starts to sing, she transforms into another person who looks and sounds a whole lot like Janis Joplin herself. The world will remember Janis as one of the leading figures of the counterculture musical scene. She too was an amazing performer who had a very unique voice. Unfortunately, she died far too early, succumbing to a heroin overdose at just 27. Howie Mandel talks about Janis Joplin's career to Courtney as well, but it looks like she knows who her inspirations are.
The 13-year-old sang "Hand to Handle", a number that was originally made by Otis Redding, and re-recorded by the Black Crowes for her America's Got Talent audition and brought down the house. It was so amazing that one of her judges also gave her the prestigious Golden Buzzer. You can find videos of Courtney's electrifying performance all over social media and even see the judge who gives her the trophy, allowing her to head right to the live show. Courtney has also been seen on The Voice Kids UK Season 1 in 2017 where she sang "Nutbush City Limits" for her audition. She was coached by Danny Jones and ended up being the finalist on the show.
Her performance was so good that she signed a deal with Arista Record in partnership with Simon Cowell's Syco Music. “It feels amazing to be joining Syco and I am super excited and feel so lucky,” said the native of Hartlepool in Northern England. “I’ve always wanted to work on original songs and to be able to do that with the support of Syco while staying true to myself and the music I like is a dream come true. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this chance.”
“Courtney is an amazing artist,” said Cowell in a statement. “I will never forget her first audition on the show this year, and now we have the opportunity to work with her alongside Arista — it’s fantastic. We are all really excited about her future.“ “Courtney is a force of nature,” said Tyler Brown, Managing Director of Syco Music. “When she hits the stage there is no one like her in the world. A unique and exciting talent. We can’t wait to hear the music she’s going to create over the coming years.”