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Moz out but not down

Moz out but not down

Sing no sad songs for Dani Moz.
Moz out but not down
Dani Moz of Delmar performs on NBC's "The Voice" earlier this week.

Sing no sad songs for Dani Moz.

The 26-year-old from Delmar, who made the list of 12 top singers on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice,” was sent home earlier this week in live elimination trials.

Moz — who as Danielle Mozeleski graduated from Bethlehem High School in 2005 — is still smiling over the experience.

“I never thought I would get this far in the competition,” she said on Friday. “It’s been such a treat advancing as far as I had. Now, I’m finally able to get back into some projects that were on hold, music and material that I’ve been working on. So while I would love to be working on my next performance on the show, there’s so much going on.”

On Tuesday night’s show, after Moz performed Adele’s “Turning Tables,” viewers across America chose Tess Boyer over Moz and T.J. Wilkins in Twitter “instant save” voting. Ten “Voice” contestants remain.

And while Moz is no longer in the hunt to win the competition, she said the national appearances have boosted her exposure across the country.

“The number one thing for me is just how much my social media has blown up,” Moz said. “Honestly, I would have never been able to connect with all my fans as much as I have with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, . . . and that’s been huge for me. That’s so important in the music industry today. That’s really how you establish and maintain those relationships with your fans and your audience.”

Moz said she had considered herself pretty savvy in social media and had built a network of about 1,000 fans in all platforms.

“Now I think I’ve got close to 10K on Twitter, close to 6K on Facebook and Instagram is almost 10K,” she said. “Being close to the 30,000, 40,000 marks, that’s huge, and it’s still growing.”

Moz said she was fully prepared Tuesday night to sing as if her life was on the line — which for the show, it was. But if Moz is on the sidelines at NBC, she’s at least glad her “Team Shakira” teammate Boyer will sing another night. And the blonde singer will be part of the show’s spring finale.

Moz is now home with family and friends in Delmar.

“I definitely needed this family time, which is amazing,” she said. “I’m going to get back to L.A. and just get working on everything that’s been on hold.”

Moz would love to put together a tour of cities on the East and West coasts, a way of connecting with, and thanking, her fan base. She stressed she doesn’t want people crying over her departure. If people see her around the Capital Region, they’re welcome to give her a hug.

“I’m just proud of all I have accomplished,” she said. “I never even dreamed of making it to the top 12. The fact that I did was such a treat. It’s not the last you’ll hear of me, for sure.”

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