Performing since age 16, Martinez is known for writing music that is personal and described by many as "autobiographical". She had also auditioned for season 1 of American Idol but withdrew due to her belief that the show's contract was too restrictive.
Martinez auditioned for season 1, singing the Adele hit "Rolling In the Deep", which caught the attention of coaches Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, who were both impressed by her powerful vocals. Martinez ended up picking Green as her coach.
Martinez's honesty when she sang made an impression on the public, who downloaded her music on iTunes and voted for her week after week. Her take on songs like "Jolene" by Dolly Parton to "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine showcased her diversity. She also had a strong bond with her coach, Cee Lo Green, who called her a "warrior".
Post The VoiceEdit
After the show ended, Martinez went out on tour with the top 8 from her season and signed a record deal with Republic Records. Her major-label debut Vicci was released on June 19, 2012. She also released an EP, Come Along, on May 1, 2012. The EP's title track, which features her Voice mentor Cee Lo Green, got increased radio airplay despite it not charting.
Martinez recently finshed work on her next album and will be debuting it at the Rialto Theater in her hometown of Tacoma, Washington on April 18, 2015. Proceeds from the show will benefit the charity Centerforce, which helps developmentally disabled people find employment in the community.
Martinez released a new single, "Unleashed", on March 10, 2015. Her second EP, I Am, was released on April 7, 2015.
- "Unleashed" (2015)
- VMB (2000)
- Sleep to Dream (2003)
- On My Way (2005)
- Vicci Martinez Live (2006)
- I Could Be a Boxer (2007)
- From the Outside In (2009)
- I Love You in The Morning (2010)
- Live from Jazzbones (2011)
- Vicci (2012)
- Come Along (2012)
- I Am (2015)