Parijita Bastola captivated America with her powerful vocals on NBC’s “The Voice,” making it to the top eight. Now that she’s back home, the Severna Park High School senior surprised family members, friends and her Maryland fans with a concert at Sullivan’s Cove on December 30.
Bastola brought guitarist Tyler Zachary and Kique Gomez, a fellow performer from “The Voice,” to share the stage for dynamic duets and ballads.
“We have only experienced being around each other on the show and in Burbank, California,” Bastola said. “It is really nice for him to see my family, meet my friends and everyone that has supported me.”
Supporters showed up in droves, crowding Sullivan’s Cove inside and out. “We put fire pits out and blocked part of the parking lot to accommodate the fans,” said Sullivan’s Cove owner Sean Martin. “We had large crowds inside, but never flowing out into the parking lot.”
The weather cooperated and fans were able to enjoy the intimate setting of a hometown hub with now nationally known teen celebrities. “I feel as though people take me more seriously now that I have been on national television,” Bastola said. “The point of being on the show was to get more hype so people would see me as a singer and musician. It has been awesome to have people appreciate my music.”
Read the January edition of the Severna Park Voice for a longer version of this story, including details about future musical plans for Bastola and Gomez.