WATCH: 13-Year-Old Sings Like Janis Joplin

posted by Shannon Steele -

No one saw that coming.

13-year-old Courtney Hadwin performed a rendition of "Hard To Handle" on America's Got Talent that had Howie Mandel thinking about Janis Joplin. 

"You were like this shy little thing when you first came out," Simon Cowell said. "And then you sing and you're like a lion. I mean genuinely incredible."

"You are not from this era," Mandel gushed. "You're from a whole different era. And I'm a huge Janis Joplin fan, and there's a story -- if you ever watch a documentary -- Clive Davis, he goes to the Monterey Pop Festival and he sees this young girl that nobody has ever seen before, that nobody knows. It was the first time that Janis Joplin got signed. And that changed her life. I'm not Clive Davis. I'm Howie Mandel, and I can't sign you to a record deal."

But Mandel COULD do one thing - he used his one Golden Buzzer of the season on Hadwin, sending her straight to the live round of AGT. 

There's no denying it; the girl can SING.


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