Sophia Urista, the singer who urinated on a fan’s face while on stage at a concert last week, admits she went “too far” and apologized. Police say they don’t plan on charging the Brass Against singer for the stunt, but public backlash to the incident was swift.
Urista said she isn’t a “shock artist” like GG Allen, but she likes to push the envelope. Though, she admits she badly misjudged the moment and shouldn’t have done it.
“Hey everyone. I want to speak to my performance at Rockville metal festival in Daytona,” Sophia Urista wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. I have always pushed the limits in music and on stage. That night, I pushed the limits too far. I love my family, the band, and the fans more than anything, and I know that some were hurt or offended by what I did. (And) I apologize to them and want them to know that I didn’t mean to hurt them. I am not a shock artist. I always want to put the music first. I’m grateful for all of your continued love and support.”
Sophia Urista was performing with Brass Against at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona, Florida, on Thursday when the incident happened. While singing a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Wake Up,” she announced her plans to the crowd.
“I gotta pee, and I can’t make it to the bathroom,” Urista told the crowd. “So we might as well make a show out of it.”
She called a man on stage and squatted over his face, a now-viral video shows. Brass Against apologized for the incident last week, saying “Sophia got carried away.” The band said it wasn’t something they stood for, and it wouldn’t happen again.
Sophia Urista Appeared on ‘The Voice’ in 2016
Before she made national headlines for using a man’s face as a toilet, Sophia Urista tried out for The Voice. The 36-year-old wowed the judges with her cover of The Beatles “Come Together” in her audition. Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys lobbied for her to join their teams.
“People get up here and they sing, but they’re not performing. You just jam like ‘I’ve got this, this is my stage,’” she said. “You sounded like a rock and roll Dolly Parton.”
Blake Shelton called her performance “intimidating.”
“Your voice … it was intimidating to me, I’m not going to lie,” he told her. “Like, it was full of all that growl.
Urista picked Cyrus over Keys, but she was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs. Country singer/songwriter Sundance Head won that season of The Voice.