Northwest music fans held their breath in anticipation as the winners of “Team Cee Lo” were announced this week on NBC’s popular show, “The Voice.” Vicci Martinez’s past performances on the show and her soulful performance of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene'” last week helped solidify the Tacoma artist’s position in the competition.
Martinez has a real shot at winning the whole thing.
Whatever happens from here on out, one thing is certain – and that is Martinez has transcended the local scene and is now a nationally recognized artist.
Martinez, who was seen doing pushups prior to her performance, delivered an energetic and inspired rendition of Florence +The Machines’ “Dog Days Are Over.” Coach Blake Shelton called it “the most exciting performance of the night.”
About the artist…
Martinez has toiled around the Northwest music scene for years. The roots rock/folk/soul artist has become well-known and respected in the region. Her soulful, beautiful, yet gritty vocal style as helped her gain a solid fan base.
Vicci has put out several self-produced CDs, including a live disc called “Live From Jazzbones,” released New Years Day of this year.
The singer / songwriter also is very down to earth and keeps grounded with a simple yet profound philosophy. Martinez says that the key to life is to follow one’s bliss. “I am glad that I can now reach out to people that were never aware of me.” She shared, “My only reason for doing this and continuing to do this in this kind of light is to inspire everyone to do what makes them happy, whether it is music, art, sailing or whatever you want to do. Just do it and we are going to make a happy world. This (music) is something that came to me that I just love doing.”
When seeing Martinez perform in person or on television, there is no doubt that she is doing exactly what brings her the most joy and it is truly infectious.
About the show…
The show features four judges/coaches, who are established music artists in their own rights. Each judge is tasked with choosing teams of contestants through the blind audition process – which lasts about 60 seconds. If two or more judges want the same singer, then the contestant chooses.
What sets this show apart the others is the emphasis on the performer’s instrument, as opposed to the backstory or potential marketability based on looks or image. On this show, vocal style and technical ability count for more than appearances.
Martinez has the chops and charisma. Thanks to America’s newest televised singing competition, the rest the world is finding out what we here in the Northwest have known for years – Vicci Martinez is a musical powerhouse with a bright future.
SMI Radio Interview…
I chatted with Vicci backstage before to her most recent show in Tacoma a couple of weeks ago. We talked about her experience on “The Voice,” her music, and her inspirations. Also featured are selected cuts from her “Live From Jazzbones” CD.
You can listen to complete interview and some of her music here.