Moriah Formica signs with Surface Management


Moriah Formica notched a couple of items off her list last week: The local rock star recruited a marquee drummer for her all-female band, and she signed with a management group with ties to a storied record label.

The 19-year-old signed with Surface Management, a stand-alone management group recently created by Mark Nawara and Tim King owners of Pavement Entertainment. The Chicago-based group promises the ability to draw resources from the same record label best known for acts such as Candlebox and Puddle Of Mudd. 

Photo by Jim Gilbert

“I’m incredibly excited to begin this journey along with my friend, and amazing drummer, Brooke C,” said Formica. 

Surface signed Formica as one of its first artists citing her success from season 13 of NBC’s The Voice. It was on that television show Formica wowed celebrity judges with her cover of Heart’s “Crazy On You.” Most recently, she teamed up with drummer Brooke C. on another Heart cover, “Barracuda,” and the two recently streamed it on Facebook.

Since debuting their cover of “Barracuda” three months ago, the video has accumulated more than 4.6 million views. The two are now signed together in an effort to form an all-female group.

Brooke C. has garnered the attention of thousands showcasing her skills behind the drum kit. Last year, she featured her own cover of Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality” on Facebook. Since then, she’s amassed more than 140,000 followers on Facebook. 

The two artists are scheduled to hit the studio with Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K — notably linked with Disturbed, Staind and 3 Doors Down — to record their debut of original material.

“All an artist can ever ask for is someone to believe in them and for people to get a chance to hear your music,” said Formica. “I know we will have that chance now and I couldn’t be more humbled.”

The Surface roster also includes rock act THE OUTFIT, who recently had a Billboard Top 40 hit with their song “Soldier Boy,” and are currently climbing the charts with their new single “Come Alive.” 

The company also represents the supergroup INTO THE FIRE, featuring members of The Union Underground, Evanescence, and SOiL.

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