Courtney Hadwin: Teen Powerhouse Sings “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” – America’s Got Talent 2018

Courtney Hadwin AGT

Who is Courtney Hadwin?

Before Fame
She was first noticed in 2015 when she performed "Say Something" by Great Big World at The Academy at Shotton Hall's lunchtime open mic session. 

She had judge Danny Jones dancing in his seat before turning to face her during her first performance on The Voice. 

Family Life
Her mother is named Annmarie. 

Associated With
Former X-Factor finalist Stacey Solomon is a big fan of hers.

July 6, 2005

Hartlepool, England


13-year-old singer – She was Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer. – Courtney has had more than 200 million views of her audition online.

Courtney says she’s “quite shy.” She is inspired by Janis Joplin, who was always herself. UNPOPULAR OPINION AHEAD.  Her singing sounds like a lot of screeching and screaming to me.She lurches around the stage. And I just don’t get it. She’s singing “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and her take is uhm interesting. I’ll say this again. It’s her age and demeanor off stage that sells this. If she were an adult with that act, Simon probably would have buzzed her. “I have not been this excited about a new artist in a long time,” says Heidi. “We get you,” says Mel B. Well that’s good. Because I don’t. Simon has NO advice for Courtney. Just keep doing what you’re doing he says. 

Simon Cowell has been known for being forceful with his advice to hopefuls competing on America's Got Talent.

The 58-year-old judge was so stunned by 14-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin in the first live quarterfinals on Tuesday that he warned her to ignore everyone — even him.

'Normally, I give people advice on what to do next. This is my advice — don't listen to a single word I say,' insisted Simon, who made his name discovering and then shaping superstar acts

Courtney Hadwin Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Lyrics:

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Over the last 13 seasons of America’s Got Talent there have been some incredible singing acts. But there hasn’t been anything quite like 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin .

Courtney Hadwin – WE FOUND LOVE – Rihanna (One Voice 2015)

Courtney performs ‘Nutbush City Limits’: Blinds 1 – The Voice Kids UK 2017

Stepping on to the AGT stage and speaking with the judges prior to her performance, Courtney was incredibly nervous and rather awkward. It wasn’t until the music started that true magic happened

Courtney performs 'I Got You (I Feel Good)': Semi Final – The Voice Kids UK 2017

When Courtney opened her mouth to sing, it was absolutely mind blowing. This 13-year-old, shy girl seemed to be taken over by a musical spirit. Her awkward, yet cool dance moves accompanied her incredibly vocals.

Courtney, Eboni, Hollie – 'Dancing In The Street': Battles – The Voice Kids UK 2017

My first impression was that of Janis Joplin. You simply don’t hair vocals like that in this day in age, none the less coming from a 13-year-old.

DAVID GUETTA performed by COURTNEY HADWIN at TeenStar singing contest

Courtney performs 'And I'm Telling You': Live Final – The Voice Kids UK 2017

At the end of her performance, the crowd went wild and Howie Mandel spoke first, referencing Janis Joplin and Courtney’s likeness to her.

SEEWho is America’s Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin?

Howie told Courtney he wouldn’t be able to sign her to a record label, but he could do something else for her. That’s when he slammed his hand down on the golden buzzer.

Live cover of piece of my heart by janis joplin

Prior to hitting the stage Courtney expected the judges to hit the big red X buzzer…never the golden buzzer!

My prediction…she will win the entire show this year! Just sayin’.

RESULTS QUARTERFINALS 1 Courtney Hadwin Amanda Mena America's Got Talent 2018 

You won't believe your ears or eyes.

See why Howie Mandel called Courtney Hadwin the next Janis Joplin.

Learning new songs not sure yet on this one but time will tell 🎶🎶🎶🎶

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Judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel couldn't help but praise the young singer for her unique vocals and undeniable star power.


Viewers reacted:

Sandra Ahlbom You were outstanding in AGT!!! Gave me chills. I can’t wait to see where you go from here. You are extremely talented! I’m with Tyra….I have never seen anything like that. Wow! Good luck!

Mérédite Cousin I am from New Caledonia, it' s a little island close to Australia where we speak French…I just saw your video and YOU are just Wonderful! Do not stop singing! It I your destiny: you are a Diva!

Kaylee Dietz I agree with Howie. The soul inside that young woman is not of this era. I'm still in shock. Did not expect that AT ALL. Was incredible. I can't wait to see what she sings next. She is Janis Joplin personified. The fact she wasn't breathless at all during that performance still baffles me. Just…wow. Great Golden Buzzer.

And for any trolls hating on this young girl…let's see you go out there and do it.

Carol Ann Morgan This young girl LIVES her talent…Weird moves??? Her entire body is consumed with music, she can’t help but move, it’s in her spirit! I’ll watch for you, she is phenomenal, and tonight her life and her loved one’s lives changed forever!

Enzo Della Corte The only reason she won’t win this competition is they’re making it about howie as much as they’re making it about courtney, either way, who cares! this girl is here to stay and will make it big with the title or not!

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