La Habra teen reaches the finale of NBC’s talent show ‘The Voice’
By Leon Romero
La Habra Journal
The youngest finalist to ever grace the stage of NBC’s “The Voice” grew up in La Habra, and was attending La Habra High School before she left to Los Angeles to compete in the nation’s most watched televised singing competition.
Fifteen-year old La Habra resident Aliyah Moulden impressed the celebrity judges with her striking rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” during the initial blind auditions.
She chose to join team Blake Shelton over Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani’s teams, and ended up placing third amongst the thousands of musicians who auditioned.
Moulden was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and eventually moved to La Habra with her family when she was a year old.
Her family noticed she began singing at a very young age, so her mother signed her up for singing lessons at the age of seven. In order to improve as a performer Moulden would perform for several local events including the La Habra Corn Festival and various La Habra Boys and Girls Club events. She’s been an active member of the La Habra Boys and Girls Club since she joined when she was five years old.
“My experience on The Voice was life changing. It was a lot of work, but my coach Blake really helped me through my confidence issues and he let me try everything,” said Moulden. “I’m so thankful that people watched and sent me so much love.”
The producers of the show contacted Moulden’s mother, Martha Jimenez, after viewing her daughter’s cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young” on her YouTube page. It was her first time auditioning for the show.
Throughout her journey on The Voice, Moulden had the opportunity to perform with various high profile musicians including Alessia Cara and her coach Blake Shelton. She also released her very own single “Never Be Lonely” along with a music video towards the end of the season.
“I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for her to participate in,” said Jimenez. “When it started we all knew it would open up doors for her.”
Moulden mentioned that she would love to return to La Habra High School and walk with her class her senior year, but in the mean time she’s been staying on top of her studies through La Sierra’s online academy.
Moulden admitted that her favorite performance of the season was when she sang UK artist Duffy’s song “Mercy” during the playoff performances, because it’s one of her favorite songs to sing and she really wanted to make it into the top 12.
She mentioned that she recalls practicing the song everywhere she went and would take cough drops so that she wouldn’t lose her voice.
“I never thought of all this as being on a television show,” said Moulden. “I thought of it more as a performance.”
Former La Habra mayor and city councilman James Gomez was so proud of Moulden for making it to the competition’s finale that he arranged two “The Voice” viewing parties. The first one was held at the restaurant Señor Campos, and the final episode viewing party was held at the La Habra Boys and Girls Club.
“Our entire community is so proud of her,” said Gomez. “We were all rooting for her until the very end.”
Moulden is currently in the process of recording her next single in the studio, and said it should be released within the next couple of months.
If you’d like to support her journey through the music industry, make sure to visit her official website: aliyahmoulden.com, and follow her Instagram and Twitter accounts where she can be found at