‘America’s Got Talent’: Courtney Hadwin signs record deal with Simon Cowell’s blessing

Courtney Hadwin may have lost “America’s Got Talent” this summer but she sounds like a winner to Arista Records which just signed her to a multi-disc deal. The label made the announcement in conjunction with Simon Cowell‘s Syco Music, which had inked a talent contract with her based on her success on “AGT.”

The English schoolgirl gushed with excitement over the news. “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.” And Simon said, “Courtney is an amazing artist. I will never forget her first audition on the show this year.”

Back then, Simon praised her tenacity and likened her to lion. As you’ll recall, the soft-spoken teen had admitted to being plagued with stage fright. Only with the encouragement of Mel B was she able to raise her voice in song. And what a voice it is. When she ripped through the Otis Redding classic “Hard to Handle,” Hadwin sounded like a singer who had been performing for years. (Relive that moment by watching the video above.)

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Indeed, with her homage to Rolling Stones lead man Mick Jagger, she harkens back to the swinging 60s. Howie Mandel invoked another 60s icon, Janis Joplin, when he hit the Golden Buzzer to send her straight through to the live shows. While Hadwin didn’t take the “AGT” title, she is going to get a second chance when she competes on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” this coming January.

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