Who Is Melanie Martinez?
Whats Inside ?
Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. She is known for being a contestant on NBC’s hit reality competition show The Voice, as well as her unique sense of artistry. Martinez has released several EPs and one full length album. Her music has been compared to the likes of Lorde and Lana del Rey, with her lyrics focusing on madness, danger, and love.
Career Focus: Singing
Popular Works: Cry Baby (2015), Dollhouse EP (2014), Pity Party EP (2016), Cry Baby’s Extra Clutter EP (2016), and as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice
Date of Birth: 28-04-1995
Current State & Country: Los Angeles, California, USA
Home State & Country: Queens, New York, USA
Weight: 101 lbs.
Net Worth Income: $2,000,000
Educational Credentials: Plaza Elementary School, Baldwin High School
In 2016, Martinez launched her own brand of perfumes called Cry Baby Perfume Milk. Atlantis Records, her label, was the distributor of these perfumes, making them the first record label to do so. She has also done a collaboration with cosmetics company Lime Crime, which released two lipstick shades: Teddy Bear (a brown shade) and Cry Baby (a blue shade).
Her signature looks include wearing baby-doll outfits and dresses in her concerts, promotional images and music videos, as well as her split-colored hair: One side being white, and the other, black. She was inspired to dye her hair after seeing a photo of Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians.
Martinez also taught herself to play the guitar when she was fourteen. She cites The Beatles, Zooey Deschanel, Regina Spektor, and CocoRosie as inspirations for her music. Her favorite albums include Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel…, and Ariana Grande’s My Everything. Martinez is also a huge fan of director Tim Burton, and wants to work with him someday.
Career History of Melanie Martinez
Determined to become a singer, Martinez participated in her school’s talent shows and competitions. One of these was the MSG Variety Talent Show, which was shown on live television. She was eliminated in the second round. Then luck soon came to Martinez when she passed the auditions for the third season on NBC’s reality singing competition, The Voice. She herself was unaware of the show’s concept – Or even of its existence – Prior to her audition. The audition that she lined up for was actually not televised. A few months later, Martinez received a call from someone who worked at the show, informing her that she had made it to the second round. After several callbacks, Martinez was picked to audition and show off her singing chops in front of the judges and live audience. Her song was a cover of ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears. Three of the judges, country star Blake Shelton, R&B singer Cee Lo Green, and Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine, all turned their chairs and asked Martinez to join their respective teams. Martinez chose to join Levine’s team in the end. She was eliminated after the fifth round.
After leaving the show, Martinez began working on her first album. Her first EP, Dollhouse, came out in 2014. She claims that the album was partly inspired by Tim Burton’s 1990 film, Edward Scissorhands – Where the outside of the dollhouse might look squeaky clean and perfect, but holds several dark secrets on the inside. She embarked on her first tour not long after the EP’s release. One of the singles from the EP, ‘Carousel’, was featured in a preview for the FX hit horror series, American Horror Story.
In 2015, Martinez released her first album, called Cry Baby – A nickname that she got when she was younger. Singles included ‘Pity party’, ‘Soap’, and ‘Sippy cup’. The album received widespread critical acclaim. This time, the album takes its inspiration from the 1988 film Alice, directed by Jan Svankmajer. A follow-up EP, Cry Baby’s Extra Clutter, was released in 2016. Martinez is currently working on a film that is based after each song from her Cry Baby album.
Personal Life of Melanie Martinez
Martinez was born in Astoria, a suburb of Queens, New York. Her parents are Jose Martinez, and Murcy Martinez, who are Puerto Rican and Dominican, respectively. She has a brother named Joseph. When she turned four, Martinez and her family moved to Baldwin, a city in Long Island, New York, where she grew up in and went to school. Some of her early musical inspirations were The Beatles, pop singers Britney Spears, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, plus R&B and hip-hop icons Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, and Brandy. She had always wanted to be a singer, even when she was still a child.
Martinez credits one of her teachers with giving her vocal lessons. She also honed her songwriting skills at a young age, by writing poetry when she was only four years old. Martinez has described herself as a loner, who rarely had friends and stayed at home all the time. She is also a very emotional person, often finding it difficult to explain her feelings. Her other hobbies included painting and photography. Martinez earned her nickname ‘cry baby’ because she cries a lot when she gets overwhelmed.
Martinez is currently in a relationship with music producer Michael Kennan. They met in 2015, and officially began dating in 2016. Martinez is very open about her relationship with Keenan, and the same can be said for him – The couple likes posting pictures of each other on Instagram and Twitter. Martinez is also bisexual. She is an advocate for medical marijuana legalization, and even uses it to calm her nerves before she goes onstage.
Net Worth of Melanie Martinez
Martinez’s current net worth is at $2M. A lot of the cash that she earned stems from her album sales, guest performances, tours, TV appearances, and endorsements.
Controversial News on The Life & Career of Melanie Martinez
Martinez put herself and her career in jeopardy in 2017, when Timothy Heller, a former friend of hers, accused her of sexual assault. Heller, who is female and an aspiring musician, posted a four-part tweet in which she explained in detail about saying “no” to Martinez’ sexual advances. Martinez reportedly forced a sex toy into Heller, and did other lascivious acts without Heller’s consent. Heller and Martinez’s friendship dates back to 2015, and have even posted pictures of each other on social media back in the day.
Rumors and Frequently Asked Questions About Melanie Martinez
Martinez posted a message on her own Twitter account, stating that she was saddened and horrified about the allegations given to her by Heller. She also mentioned their years of friendship, and how they tried to help and support each other during their times of need. Martinez has described herself and Heller as both “dealing with the pain of their personal demons”, and has claimed that Heller “has never said no to what they choose to do together”. Despite the end of her friendship, Martinez wished nothing but love and support for her former pal. In another statement, she also thanks her fans who have stood by her through this whole ordeal.