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Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer, songwriter, music video director, and photographer. Born in Astoria, Queens and raised in Baldwin, New York on Long Island, she first participated in the MSG Varsity Talent Show during her junior year of high school, and subsequently rose to prominence in 2012 after appearing on the American television vocal talent show The Voice. She auditioned singing Britney Spears's "Toxic", and made it to the Top 6 before being eliminated in the fifth week of live shows. Immediately following her departure from the show, she begin independent work on original material. Having been a fan favorite, she was heavily supported by fans, and produced her first music video for her single, "Dollhouse", her most successful single to date, having been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Signing to Atlantic Records soon after, she released her debut EP, Dollhouse. Martinez is often cited as one of the only major successes of The Voice. Her music mostly revolves around the protagonist of her concept album, Cry Baby, and discusses themes of family disputes, body image, romance, and coming-of-age. She is known for her two-toned hair.
Melanie was born 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 14. 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.
Troye Sivan tweeted Melanie on September 19, 2015 if she would like to write a song with him, and she said yes. The tweets were later deleted.