FORSYTH COUNTY — Riley Biederer may not have scored a record deal by winning “The Voice,” but the 19-year-old Forsyth County singer/songwriter’s time on the NBC reality singing competition has put her career on a positive path.
The former West Forsyth High School student did not make it past the live playoff round that aired Monday through Wednesday after proceeding through three previous rounds.
“I’m just happy that I got to involve myself with all of these people,” Biederer said. “I built such good friendships with every single person there. It’s cool to make it that far because, in the group of 24 people, you’re all friends and you’re all close.”
She said she is looking forward to visiting people she met on the show and that “it’s going to be a really cool thing in the future.”
Voters did not move Biederer into the next round for her performance of Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us.”
“I felt so good about my last song. It was honestly one of the most exciting performances I’ve ever done,” she said. “Just to be myself on stage was really cool. I just had a feeling though, that Pharrell [Williams] had to choose out of everyone on the team.”
Biederer competed on Team Pharrell –—except for a one-round stint on Gwen Stefani’s team. They were two of the four celebrity coaches whose teams eventually get narrowed to one person being named “The Voice.”
After voters chose the top two of each six-person team, each team coach saved one more person, cutting the field in half.
“I wasn’t super shocked with what happened. Team Pharrell was the strongest team in my opinion,” she said. “Whenever Pharrell was choosing his one save, I was squeezing Mark [Hood’s] hand so hard, and I was like it’s got to be you.
“And he was squeezing my hand back. And I was like, no, it’s you! I’m so, so happy for him to make it through.”
Though she said she was happy for her friends who made it to the next round, leaving is never easy.
“The hardest part is for sure, honestly, the people. You’re all friends. At the end of the day, we are still there to beat each other, but in the end we’re friends,” she said.
She said she has received mountains of support from her social media followers — she has a lot of them — and her family. Her parents flew out to Los Angeles for the live show, and her father is her unsigned manager.
“It’s another experience under my belt, and it’s something else I can say I did,” Biederer said. “There’s a lot you don’t know about TV shows and the process, and it was cool to go through it. And the experience is something I’ve never experienced before.”
So now what?
“I’ve been focusing on a lot of stuff,” Biederer said. “My band has been here in Georgia rehearsing while I’ve been gone, getting all my original stuff ready.”
They have been forming an idea to plan a tour together with Biederer’s original music instead of covers, as “The Voice” requires.
“I’m really excited to start writing again. And I want to make a trip back to California to reconnect with the people I’ve worked with out there in the past,” she said. “You know, while you’re on the show you can’t really do any of that. So I’ve had a lot of things on hold.”
Biederer will head back to the “Voice” stage one more time to perform in the show’s finale, as is tradition for the final 24 contestants.
After the remaining teams were revealed — live to the contestants and viewers alike — Pharrell, a Grammy-winning producer and artist, “came up and talked to us and said if you ever need anything or any help or to call anyone for a good recommendation, to email him. We do have our coach’s emails.”
Not a bad connection to have.
“That’s one of the more special things about the whole process,” she said, “is really getting to bond with someone who has already achieved what I’m trying to do.”