Moriah Formica performs at sold-out show after leaving The Voice

November 24, 2017 11:24 PM

ALBANY - In her first performance since being a contestant on NBC’s the voice, Moriah Formica performed in front of a sold out crowd at Jupiter Hall in Lucky Strike Social at Crossgates Mall Friday evening. 

“They're so happy to be in this moment with me,” Formica said. “And their support has been incredible.”

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Fans like Michelle Morin said they showed up to show their support for the 16-year-old Shaker High School student. 

“Amazing,” Morin said. “For a teenage kid to get this far on the voice. Absolutely beautiful.”

But Forica said it was her family that has been her rock along the way.

“There's no better feeling than seeing your sister do what she loves best on stage,” said Formica’s brother, Gabriel. “It's like there's no better reward.”

It was Formica’s family that was there for her when coach, Miley Cyrus, eliminated Formica from The Voice by choosing a different teammate over her last week.

“My heart says Ashlin,” Cyrus said on the show. “You're going to the live.”

“I just hugged Moriah and I held her and I loved her and I said you know what, we're going to go, we're going to pick it up and we're going to move on and we're going to do what you do, which is perform,” Moriah’s mother, Donna said.  

“When Miley cut me it hurt, it did,” Formica said.  

Moriah's producer, Paul Benedetti, believes she was robbed of her opportunity on the show.

But he also believes her future is very bright. 

“She's been so great about it,” Benedetti said. “Just dealing with it very well and we're just going to push forward from here. We have a lot of songs to work on.”

She may no longer be a contestant on The Voice, but Formica said this is only the beginning of her journey as a rock star. 

“I just want to touch people's lives and I want to be known because I feel like that is what I'm supposed to do,” she said. 

Because of the high demand, Formica will be performing an encore show at Jupiter Hall on Sunday at 6 pm.


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