A vocalist with a bent toward alternative singer/songwriter pop and electronic music, Long Island native Melanie Martinez first came to the public's attention while competing on the third season of NBC's vocal competition The Voice. Born in Baldwin, New York, Martinez grew up listening to her father's Beatles records and hip-hop music. In 2012, while still in high school, she auditioned for, and won a spot on, NBC's The Voice with her performance of Britney Spears' "Toxic." Choosing to join judge Adam Levine's team, she eventually made it to week five before getting eliminated via audience vote. Following her exit from The Voice, Martinez began working on solo material and in 2014 released the Kinetics- and One Love-produced EP Dollhouse on Atlantic Records. In 2015 Martinez returned with her debut full-length album, Cry Baby, which featured the singles "Pity Party" and "Sippy Cup."
The pop singer has come a long way from performing in front of the judges on The Voice to directing her own music videos.
The New York singer-songwriter's striking first collection of songs will be officially released next week on Atlantic Records, but fans can already hear the EP in full exclusively on Billboard.com.
Melanie Martinez took time out from her touring schedule to talk about her new album, the persona she's created with 'Cry Baby' and fans who show their appreciation for musical artists in rather bizarre ways.
2015 has been quite the year for pop singer Melanie Martinez. 'The Voice' alum has been able to make her mark with her studio album 'Cry Baby,' which debuted at an impressive No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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