Teen Singer Courtney Hadwin Nails A James Brown Classic On 'America's Got Talent'

She brought down the house.

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Tuesday night's new America's Got Talent marked the first live show of the season, and previous Golden Buzzer act Courtney Hadwin returned to wow the crowd with another energetic performance. The 14-year-old, who judge Howie Mandel compared to Janis Joplin, put her own spin on James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."

If you saw Hadwin's audition to Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle," you'll know that she has a voice beyond her years — and a shy exterior that hides a wildly entertaining stage persona. As Mandel told her after her first performance, "You're from a whole different era." 


According to Entertainment Tonight, Hadwin explained before her performance that some kids at her school think she's "weird" for the way she performs. "I got the feeling that I should change and listen to everybody, but then I remembered that people like Janis Joplin, they didn't listen to anybody," she said. "And they got what they wanted in the end."

She added, "People don't expect me to perform the way I do. But when I hear music, I come alive. I feel electrified. I just get into the music and I start moving."

Judge Simon Cowell certainly approved of her way of performing, telling her after the song that she should continue to do "everything exactly like what you did tonight." We can't wait to see where she goes from here.

Check out the full performance in the video below:


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