Though Moriah Formica’s time on NBC’s “The Voice” has come to an end, she has no plans to go away.
Formica, 17, and known for her beyond-her-years powerful voice, was eliminated from the show Wednesday, after judge and coach Miley Cyrus opted not to advance her to the final 12 contestants. But the Shaker High School student is ready to take the next steps in her career.
“It’s great that I can kind of do my own thing now,” Formica said when reached by phone Thursday afternoon.
Formica previously lived in Delmar and Halfmoon before moving with her family to Latham. She received much of her early music training at Modern Day Music in Clifton Park.
While she was away for the competition, Formica missed her family and her dogs, she said.
“I missed them so much,” she said as they barked loudly in the background during a phone interview Thursday.
But most of all, she said, she missed being able to go on her family camping trip to Alpine Lake in Corinth.
Going back to school hasn’t been weird, either, Formica said. She’s gotten used to having attention on her but noted that her fans haven’t stopped supporting her just because she’s not on the show anymore.
“All these people are just true fans. They don’t care if I’m not on,” she said. “People are just really overall supportive.”
Hearing musical giants such as Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine tell her that they believed in her abilities was “an amazing feeling and extremely humbling,” Formica said. But her favorite part of being on the show was having the chance to develop a close bond with her fellow competitors.
“I guess the best part was just having each other,” she said of her teammates.
Following up on comments from an earlier interview about Cyrus’ desire to advance through the show with a country artist, Formica said that, while she suspects she may have been able to advance further with a different coach, she wouldn’t change the choices she made while on the show.
“I certainly don’t regret anything,” she said.
Right now, Formica is working on new music. Some collaborations might even be a possibility at some point, she hinted. While she’s excited to be able to take control of the direction her music will go, this is where the real work comes in, she pointed out
“I can’t wait to get in the studio and start recording it,” she said. "The Voice," Formica explained, has given her a new fan base, and she intends to make the most of it by creating new music.
She’s also going to focus on traveling and performing as often as she can.
“I’m gonna keep on doing what I love to do,” she said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Formica will be playing a sold-out show on Nov. 24 at Jupiter Hall in Crossgates Mall. She will be playing an encore show on Sunday, Nov. 26, also in Jupiter Hall. Tickets can be purchased on ticketfly and are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.