Sophia Urista, the Brass Against lead singer who urinated on a fan’s face during a concert last week, auditioned for ‘The Voice’ in 2016. Her performance was good enough to get two of the four judges to pick her.
The 36-year-old singer performed The Beatles “Come Together” for her audition, and her powerful voice helped her earn votes from judges Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys. Both pleaded with her to join their teams.
Blake Shelton said he didn’t pick her because he thought her big vocals were “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.”
But Cyrus loved her attitude.
“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.”
Sophia Urista chose Cyrus over Keys. And she had several golden performances on The Voice, but she didn’t finish No. 1. Country singer/songwriter Sundance Head won that season.
Urista is engaged to Peleton instructor and former dancer Jess King. King appeared on So You Think You Can Dance but had to pull out after breaking several ribs. She had a lead role in Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas before becoming a fitness instructor and social media influencer. The two began dating in 2015, The Sun reported.
Police Don’t Plan to Charge Sophia Urista in ‘Disgusting’ Incident
Daytona Beach Police said they don’t plan to charge Sophia Urista after she peed on a fan during the Welcome to Rockville music festival on Thursday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
A woman called the police Saturday to ask if there would be “any ramifications” for the Brass Against singer. She claimed that her 16-year-old daughter was there when it happened. Though authorities couldn’t reach the woman afterward, police spokesman Messod Bendayan said.
Brass Against was in the middle of performing the Rage Against the Machine song “Wake Up” when Urista announced she needed to go to the restroom.
“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 pointed to a man in the crowd who had a beer can stuck to his forehead and told him to come on stage. The unnamed man climbed up and laid down. Urista proceeded to pee while singing as the band played on.
Video of the incident went viral and several people who saw it commented they found it “disgusting.” Though the stunt garnered the Brass Against worldwide attention. Several people commented they’re new fans of the band now.
The band issued a half-apology on Twitter afterward.
“We had a great time last night at Welcome to Rockville. Sophia got carried away. That’s not something the rest of us expected, and it’s not something you’ll see again at our shows. Thanks for bringing it last night, Daytona.”