The battles begin for Season 13 of “The Voice”! One of our favorites of Monday’s first battle nights was Moriah Formica vs. Shilo Gold for Team Miley Cyrus. They both took on The Guess Who classic rock song “American Woman,” with Moriah moving on to the knockouts in a few weeks. Team Miley has all female artists, a first in the history of “The Voice” for its 13 seasons on NBC.
Our contributing writer John Benutty had the following commentary about Moriah and ranked her first in his overall power rankings: “After a stunning blind audition, Moriah was my frontrunner pick to win the season and far and away Miley’s best artist. That Miley chose her over Shilo, who I actually think performed better in the battle, suggests that Miley supports and understands her as an artist. Where Moriah is most impressive is behind her guitar because she’s still engaging to watch and the quality of her voice doesn’t suffer so I think that’s where she has a leg up on the rest of the competition.”
Of the 12 singers on Monday’s show, Benutty thought Shilo was the fifth best performance even though she is now eliminated: “Shilo’s performance was legit star status for me and I still can’t believe she wasn’t picked up by one of the other coaches. What she achieved with her vocals was awesome, but her ability to move across the stage like she owned it and Moriah was just part of her band is what sold me.”
According to the NBC official bio for Moriah: “Moriah was raised on rock music. Her dad played a lot of ’80s hair metal around the house, which led her to pick up a guitar and teach herself how to play. Moriah started to sing when she was nine years old and her first performance was at a graduation party that shocked her whole family. At 11, she joined the Modern Day Music Program, a music school that allows kids to join bands and play rock music together. Through the program she was able to meet Michael Sweet, who is the lead singer of ’80s metal band Stryper. She opened for him at a local show and later sang on his most recent album, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart.”
And the NBC official bio for Shilo says: “Shilo’s dad is a seventh generation cantor and has been grooming her to become an eighth generation cantor, but Shilo has always dreamed of a career in secular music. After attending a performing high school in Denver, Shilo was accepted into Berklee College of Music. However, she left Berklee to see the world through music, booking a three-month tour all on her own. She has played more than 80 shows in seven countries, which led her to The Voice stage.”
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