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Melanie Martinez winning the crowd over with her cover Royals by Lorde.

Melanie Martinez Comes to Durfee

Amanda Motta '14, Staff Reporter, 12/13/12

B.M.C. Durfee High School invited Melanie Martinez to sing on Friday, November 15, 2013. This brand new artist was on Season 3  "The Voice" and made it to top 6 on Team Adam (Adam Levine).

Courtney Cabral; the junior class president, hosted the show. To open up, senior, Chad Brady, did a hip hop dance number which was followed by the band “Beautiful Tuesday”, who originated in Cape Cod.

This friendly duo performed a couple original songs but covered a few popular songs the audience could sing along too such as E.T. by Katy Perry and Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. They invited the audience to come up to the stage and made a warm first impression and really go the crowd excited for Martinez.

When Martinez came out, the auditorium filled with excitement and anticipation for her first set. As she prepared to begin, the audience was so quiet and attentive you could hear a pin drop.

She opened up with Toxic by Britney Spears and a few originals. To connect with the audience, she even took a few requests.

She performed Royals by Lorde. The crowd went crazy when she put her own mix into it using a loop pedal, an effects pedal you use to play different sections of sounds you record and mostly is used for background music. It seemed to be the crowd’s favorite.

She also sang Too Close by Alex Clare, Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, and Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes which showed off her loud and raspy voice and a little edge along with several other original songs.

In speaking with Martinez, she mentioned that throughout the show she felt that she had grown up and “found herself artistically and musically.” Before "The Voice", music was more of a hobby and she would focus more on her photography.

Unlike before, she is getting her name out there by touring and doing a lot of gigs. “I got signed with Warner Chappell Publishing so I am now a classified song-writer, which is really huge,” said Martinez.

Her coach, Adam Levine, the lead singer of the band Maroon Five, offered her a record deal at his own label, but it unfortunately fell through for “other reasons,” but remain good friends.

Martinez is still a familiar face on the streets. “Sometimes I’ll be on the train and they’ll be checking my ticket and they’ll be like “You’re that girl from The Voice!” She loves how she still gets approached now after all this time.

She described "The Voice" as “crazy.” "It was stressful but it was a great experience and it was just a lot of stuff going on at once. But it was really fun, all the contestants were really amazing and talented and we all became really good friends so that’s a great benefit from doing the show," said Martinez.

Be looking out for more Melanie Martinez in the future.  For upcoming tour dates, check out https://www.facebook.com/melaniemartinezmusic/info.