Courtney Hadwin is a 13-year-old British girl with an astonishingly powerful voice who wowed the judges on America’s Got Talent with a stunning rendition of an Otis Redding classic that had some comparing her to Janis Joplin.
Hadwin hails from from Hartlepool, a town in County Durham, England. At first, Hadwin seemed a shy, and even meek, presence on stage. However, once she started singing, she transformed into a vocal powerhouse that, as one judge said, seemed like a throwback to a different era. You can watch the amazing video below along with other videos of Courtney Hadwin singing. She’s been performing for years and has come close to winning other competitions.
has to be my best photo ever love it xx pic.twitter.com/CC9eEt65LJ
— Courtney Hadwin (@CourtneyHadwin) June 7, 2016
Who is Courtney Hadwin?
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Hadwin’s Amazing Singing Performance Shocked the Judges & Her Grandfather Says She Is Painfully Shy
How impressed were the judges? Very. It’s easy to see why when you watch the video of the girl’s performance, which you can see above. At first, when she took the stage, she admitted she was a “little bit nervous.” She told the judges she was only 13, and her favorite subject in school was music.
The judges told her she was sweet and former Spice Girl Mel B implored her not to be nervous on the “big stage.” She was told to “go for it and good luck.” At that point, Courtney began belting out Otis Redding’s song Hard to Handle in dramatic fashion while dancing around the stage. The video brings to mind Susan Boyle’s shock performance that made her a household name.
The judges looked astonished. “When you sing you’re like a lion,” Simon Cowell said.
It’s not the first time the girl has wowed judges. She almost won The Voice Kids UK in 2017. “I have already booked time off from work in the hope she gets right through to the final. I’m so proud of her,” her grandfather, Tom Storey, a security guard, said then.
He told the Inverness Courier, “Courtney is actually painfully shy, which I know people will find hard to believe after seeing her perform on stage like that. If you ever met her you would hardly believe she was the same girl singing and dancing on that stage. But as soon as she gets a microphone in her hand, well, it’s like two different people.” He also indicated, “I don’t know where she got her singing talent from as there’s no way it was from me,” and added that the girl even sings in her sleep.
Courtney’s Instagram profile reads, “COURTNEY HADWIN 13 year old singer. Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”
2. Judge Howie Mandel Gave Courtney Hadwin a Golden Buzzer & a Video of Her Singing at School Previously Went Viral
Happy Easter all xx pic.twitter.com/X8FpaPMrP4
— Courtney Hadwin (@CourtneyHadwin) April 1, 2018
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