F: How did your prior reality show experience inform how you competed on AGT? CH: I don’t think it did. With AGT I was allowed more freedom to be myself. It was also quite a different scale.
F: Where do you get all your cool pants? CH: I think most of them are from Zara.
F: Do you plan on writing original music? CH: I want to have original songs out there and I’m really excited to start working on that. That’s my dream at the end of the day.
F: Who were your major musical and artistic influences for your unique style? CH: From Little Richard, James Brown to Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger. It’s a really long list! I am a writer living and working in Los Angeles. After graduating from Yale with a degree in history and a ravenous appetite for consuming prestige TV, I worked for a record label in A&R and post-production. I have since covered Top Chef for Food and Wine magazine.
Though she failed to land in the top 5 of the NBC reality competition during season 13, the 14-year-old singer from Durham, England, was announced as one of the 50 familiar acts competing in the spin-off show America’s Got Talent: The Champions, according to TV Insider.
News of Hadwin’s casting follows her performances in Las Vegas as part of season 13 winner, magician Shin Lim‘s headlining Vegas series at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas earlier this month. (Lim will also be among those on Champions.)
“It was the best experience of my life,” Hadwin told PEOPLE about her time on the show, in which she won Howie Mandel‘s Golden Buzzer. “I didn’t see myself as a fan favorite at all. I just felt so lucky to be there in the final and to be in the top 10 doesn’t really feel like losing to me. … I was able to be myself all the way through.” The teen added, “It was never about winning for me. I just love to perform, and that’s it really.”
“America’s Got Talent” rocker Courtney Hadwin has signed a deal with Arista Record in partnership with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music, the label announced today.
“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.”
The 14-year old vocalist, who finished sixth in the competition and is set to compete on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on NBC this January, is currently in the studio working on new music due to be released in 2019. Hadwin will join a who’s who of talent discovered by AGT judge Simon Cowell, who also helped catapult former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, AGT Season 11 winner Grace Vanderwaal, James Arthur, CNCO, Labrinth and more, to successful post-show careers.
“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.“