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Palace to live-stream concert by Formica, Fredericks and VanDenburg

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Moriah Formica, Sawyer Fredericks and Madison VanDenburg will perform a virtual concert kicking off at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13) and live-streamed on the Palace Theatre’s YouTube page.

Formica, who is known for her powerhouse voice and classic rock style music, was featured on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2017.

“I’m a rocker. People have always known me as a rocker. It comes across in the way I talk,” the Latham native told The Gazette in 2019.

“It comes across in the way I dress, it comes across in my music. I’m very aggressive when I play guitar. It’s obvious. But there was a period after I got off ‘The Voice’ where I thought ‘I [should] go mainstream because they don’t support rockers.’ ”

Since then, she’s found her sound, infusing some elements of pop and rock into her songs. Formica has worked with industry figures like Chris Daughtry, Halestorm, Shinedown and Skillet and has recorded both in Los Angeles and at Modern Day Music in Clifton Park. Over the last few years, Formica has released singles like “Better Off Alone,” “Champion,” and “I Hate.”

Fredericks, who is up next on the ticket, entered into the national spotlight with his win on “The Voice” in 2015. Since then, the singer-songwriter has toured around the country and released several albums. The latest was released in 2020 and called “Flowers For You,” showcasing more of the rock and blues sensibilities of the folk artist.

VanDenburg, a more pop-focused artist, will close out Wednesday’s show. The 2019 “American Idol” contestant and Cohoes native took third place in the show and has since released several singles including “Reason,” and “Eighteen.”

Prior to playing a show at the Times Union Center in June 2019, Formica said, “Maddy and I went to North Colonie School District and we just remember how helpful the music program was to us to help us realize our dream. These teachers were incredibly encouraging.”

Palace Sessions are organized by the Palace Theatre, the City of Albany and Mirth Films and take place monthly. For more information visit Palace Albany on To make a donation to the Palace, text Palace2020 to 44321.

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