PLUSH hopes to inspire young women everywhere to follow their dreams, regardless of whatever challenges may get in the way.
Hello, my name is Moriah Formica. I’m a 20 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist from Upstate New York. My love for music started before I could even speak. When I was an infant my parents would put me in one of those baby swings and play classical music such as “Guitar by the Sea” and “Piano by the Sea”. This was the only way I’d go to sleep. My father would always have 80’s rock and metal playing in the house and car. I remember watching MTV Pop Up Videos and That Metal Show with him every week. I fell in love with music and rock and roll from listening to all of those songs and watching all the videos. The lead guitar players always fascinated me and I often dreamed about being one of them because they just looked so cool.
When I was five years old my grandmother bought me a tiny electric guitar with a built in amp from Target. This gift changed my life. My dad had also bought me a bunch of Aerosmith CD’s so I immediately locked myself in my room and taught myself to play by listening and practicing to those songs for hours and hours. I began singing at 9 years old and enrolled in Modern Day Music School (MDM). There, I took (and still take) vocal lessons and played in their band program with kids my age. My first band was called “No Pressure” and we would practice a 4 song set for 2 months then play a show at a local bowling alley My parents would also take me around town each week to play open mics. I played with my MDM band and did open mics until I was 13. I then began playing with older seasoned musicians around town.
At 14, I had the opportunity to open for Michael Sweet of the platinum band Stryper. He and his wife Lisa introduced themselves to me after the show and we exchanged contact info. They then reached out and asked if I wanted to be a guest vocalist on his upcoming solo album One Sided War on a song called “Can’t Take This Life.” It was an amazing experience to be a part of an album with so many amazing musicians. It was released in August of 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock as well as No. 4 on the Top Rock Albums and No. 77 on the top US Billboard 200.
When I was 16, I appeared on Season 13 of The Voice. I auditioned with Heart’s “Crazy On You” and was fortunate enough to get a four chair turn. I also had a short stint on Season 1 of American Idol and made it to the end of Hollywood week. It was an honor to represent rock on these shows.
I’ve been fortunate enough to play hundreds of shows all over the country and with some amazing musicians and great friends. I’ve played at NAMM Show twice, Rock N Derby Music Festival and opened two shows for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Halestorm! Lzzy Hale has been my biggest influence so that show was amazing! We got to hang out with them afterwards and talk for hours.
I wrote my first song “Lovestrong” at 11 years old which is on my debut EP “Bring It On” produced by Paul Benedetti (available on all digital platforms) and have released 14 songs to date.
My musical influences are Aerosmith, Evanescence, Halestorm, Daughtry, Korn and Lady Gaga! I’m proud to be endorsed by ESP Guitars and Ernie Ball strings.
I’ve been blessed with some cool experiences these past six years but I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited than I am now. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a band. The members of this band, Brooke C, Ashley Suppa, and Bella Perron, are not only amazing musicians but also amazing people. We all share a similar focus and drive for our craft and each of us love the same music and style. More importantly, we all instantly connected. We’ve written and recorded some great songs with Grammy nominated producer Johnny Karkazis and we can’t wait for the world to hear them!!
You can get Plush’s first single “Hate” here now or watch the video below.
~ Moriah Formica
“‘Hate’ is about somebody who broke my heart in a very bad way. I was just so angry and sad, but I couldn’t bring myself to actually say ‘I hated you’ to that person, because the truth is I really, really loved that person, and I just hated that I loved them.”
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