Bethlehem grad revels in making voice heard
Dani Moz in spotlight as TV competition goes live
DELMAR Delmar’s Dani Moz, a pop-soul singer and a sensation on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice,” will be coming to fans in live broadcasts during the next several weeks.
“Things are starting to get a lot more fast-paced,” said Moz, who as Danielle Mozeleski graduated from Bethlehem High School in 2005. “Heading into these live shows, the connection with my coach, Shakira, has carried me to this point. And now, knowing that it’s up to America and up to the fans to vote to keep me on the show, it’s so exciting. It’s what you dream for when you take that stage for the first time. You want to get to this point.”
Moz, 26, is looking for new friends and new viewers. She’s one of three members of Team Shakira — just one of the program teams coached by nationally known singers such as Usher and Blake Shelton. Last Monday night on “The Voice,” Moz sang Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and accompanied herself on piano.
Shakira offered the encouragement for a powerful performance: “You know who wins, the ones who really let their souls be seen,” she said.
Moz hopes people will see her soul and hear her voice in weeks to come. America will be voting for the winner of the competition.
The live shows begin Monday at 8 p.m., and the top 12 vocalists will perform.
On Tuesday’s show,two vocalists will be eliminated in the live, 8 p.m. broadcast. The remaining 10 singers will perform on the April 28 show; two more will be eliminated the following night.
Moz wants people to watch, listen, vote — and then repeat the procedure.
“I’m more excited to have the show be live and in real time and share in this excitement,” Moz said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, “Voice” headquarters. “We’ve been filming all of these prior rounds and so you kind of have to suppress all that excitement because you can give away and reveal whether you advanced or not. The fact that it’s live and it’s in real time, I can be as excited as the fans are.”
Moz added: “It’s going to be a lot more thrilling, knowing it’s live TV and anything can happen.”
A sense of hope
Danielle Mozeleski loved the choral, dance group and jazz band days from school. She also was on stage in musicals. “In middle school, it was ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Mary Poppins,’ — they were on a Disney kick for a while,” she said. “In high school, I was in ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’ ”
Moz has been out in L.A. pursuing her singing career for the past few years. She is performing and writing material for her second album.
During a recent break in “Voice” shooting schedules, Moz had the chance to fly back home and visit kids at her first school, Glenmont Elementary. She also connected with older music fans at Bethlehem Middle and High schools.
Moz thinks she knows why people tune in for the spirited vocal performances and competition drama.
“It gives you a sense of hope, almost,” she said. “You’re watching these young people and even older musicians — we have some older contestants who have been in the game for a lot longer. It’s so inspiring. I think that it instills that in everybody, knowing that no matter what walk of life you come from, you can still get out there and chase your dreams and have the support and have the love behind you.
“It’s a show full of hope and inspiration and it’s also a show of raw talent — we’re real people, we’re real artists, this isn’t a hoax, it’s not a gimmick. There’s no humiliation factor, like some other shows. It’s just real.”
Competition among singers is fierce. But because they’re all spending so much time together, they’re all familiar with each other. They push each other for great performances.
“It pushes me to be the best artist I can be,” Moz said. “Just go out there and kill it.”
How to vote
Folks watching at home can help. NBC and Universal Republic Records offer fans of the show the ability to vote for their favorite artists by purchasing the studio versions of the songs they perform on the live show each week via the iTunes Store.
People can also vote through toll-free phone calls, text messaging and through online votes via NBC.com and Facebook. Each method is limited to 10 votes per user. Voting lasts for 12 hours after the live shows.
Moz can also be followed at Dani Moz on Facebook, Dani Moz (DaniMozMusic) on Twitter and Dani Moz @danimoz Instagram.