Melanie Adele Martinez (born April 28, 1995) is an American singer and songwriter of the alternative genre. She first auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam, where her popularity has grown within fans. Within the fifth week, she was eliminated which subsequently led to her beginning independent work on original material. She was inspired by many artists such as Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, and Lorde.
Melanie was born in Astoria, Queens and raised in Baldwin, New York. At the age of 3, she realized that she enjoyed singing. She taught herself how to play guitar a year later as a four-year-old since her parents couldn't afford guitar lessons for her. She became a songwriter and a guitar player at the age 11. As a sophomore in high school, she won the Baldwin Senior High School’s Talent Show. She began writing songs and releasing them onto YouTube, the oldest ones being Smoke, I Think I'm Crazy, and Birthing Addicts. She also covered many songs, such as The One That Got Away by Katy Perry, before joining The Voice.
2012: Career Beginnings and The Voice
Melanie Martinez appeared on The Voice during season 3. She sang Toxic by Britney Spears for her Blind Audition, and turned three chairs: Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton. Melanie chose Adam Levine, and then moved on to the battle rounds. She competed against Caitlin Michele with the song Lights by Ellie Goulding. Adam chose Melanie, who moved on to the knockout rounds.
During the knockout rounds, Melanie was paired with Sam James, and she chose to sing Bulletproof by La Roux. Again, Adam chose her, who moved on to the live rounds. She chose to sing Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles for the first week of the live rounds. Public vote did not save her, but Adam picked her to keep on his team. She went on to the second week of the live rounds, where she sang Cough Syrup by Young The Giant. This time, the public vote did save her, so she moved on to week three with Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. Seven Nation Army was in the top ten on iTunes, so Martinez got her iTunes votes multiplied by ten. Martinez got to move on to the fourth week of the live rounds, where her song was Too Close by Alex Clare. Again, the song moved into the top ten on iTunes, so she had her iTunes votes multiplied by ten. Melanie then moved into week 5, which is the top 6.
Starting in week 5, singers of The Voice have two songs to sing. For those songs, Melanie picked Crazy by Gnarls Barkley and Adam picked The Show by Lenka for her. Neither of her songs appeared in the top ten on iTunes, resulting in Melanie being eliminated.
2014-15: Dollhouse EP and American Horror Story
After being eliminated in the Top 6 on The Voice, Melanie began to work independently on original material. On April 7, 2014, she announced that she signed on Atlantic Records and that she would go on tour. She released a new hit single titled Dollhouse on February 9th, 2014, along with a music video. The song was said to be about a family that looks perfect from the outside, but has many problems going on in the inside. Soon after, she released the Dollhouse EP on May 19th, 2014 which included Dollhouse and its music video, Carousel, which later received a music video in October of that year, Dead To Me, and Bittersweet Tragedy. The EP is mostly about a relationship that doesn't work out, excluding Dollhouse.
When the American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer was released, Melanie Martinez's Carousel was featured as the song. This helped Carousel become popular, and Melanie released a music video for it. The music video was released on October 15, 2014.
2015-2016: Cry Baby
Melanie Martinez released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, 2015. It was made available to pre-order on July 24th.
The lead single Pity Party was released on June 1st, 2015. The second single Soap on July 10th, 2015. The third single, Sippy Cup was released on July 31st. Cry Baby was released on August 14, 2015, to critical acclaim. The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200. She released a special Christmas single, titled Gingerbread Man on December 23, 2015. The music video of her song Cry Baby was released on March 14, 2016. The fourth single, along with the music video, Alphabet Boy was released on June 2, 2016. Melanie plans on making music videos for every song on the standard edition of the album.
2016-2017: 2nd Studio Album
Melanie is done working on a new album set to be released in early 2018, but that is subject to change. The title of the album will be confirmed by Melanie after the "Mad Hatter Music Video". Two photos on Instagram were posted with lyrics on both captions, revealing two possible songs: one on April 13, and one on May 17.
2017-Present: 2nd Album Movie
It was confirmed on an exclusive interview that Melanie is currently working on a movie to go along with her second studio album. It is set to be released right before the new album is released, which is around January of 2018, but that is subject to change. Not much is known about the movie as Melanie wants to keep it a surprise.
Melanie's earliest memory was her third birthday when her parents got Barney for her birthday party, and it was her "worst birthday party" because of how sketchy it was. Her hair is naturally brown, and she began experimenting when she was sixteen, after watching 101 Dalmatians and going off on her own despite not being allowed to. 
Melanie is very shy and often smokes marijuana and does drugs to calm down before her shows.
RelationshipsCurrently, Melanie is dating Michael Keenan, who is going to produce Melanie's upcoming album.
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- ↑ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/arts/music/review-melanie-martinez-performs-cry-baby-and-other-songs-from-her-debut-album.html?_r=0
- ↑ http://www.billboard.com/artist/1493230/Melanie+Martinez/chart?f=305
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