• Melanie Martinez is a singer and songwriter from Queens, New York; her net worth is estimated to be over $2 million
• She taught herself to play guitar and wrote her first song at age 14
• She found fame after competing on the third season of "The Voice" and went on to release her debut EP "Dollhouse" and her debut studio album "Cry Baby"
• Her music video for the lead single "Cry Baby" was inspired by the film "Alice" and she has since worked on her second album, a film to accompany the album, and her own fragrance
• Martinez's influences include Zoeey Deschanel, Ariana Grande, the Beatles, and Regina Spektor, and she is known for her use of baby doll-inspired outfits when performing and in music videos.
Who is Melanie Martinez?
Melanie Adele Martinez was born on 28 April 1995, in Queens, New York City USA, and is a singer as well as a songwriter, best known for finding fame after her appearance in the television singing competition series “The Voice”, after which she released her debut EP “Dollhouse”, and then her debut studio album “Cry Baby”.
The Wealth of Melanie Martinez
How rich is Melanie Martinez? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $2 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry. Her album and several of her singles have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and as she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Music Beginnings
Melanie is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, and while born in Queens, her family moved to Baldwin on Long Island when she was four years old. Growing up, she listened to various artists such as Biggie Smalls, Brandy, Britney Spears and Shakira, and decided then that she wanted to pursue a career as a singer.
Her elementary teacher taught her how to sing, and she also learned poetry at school. She had very few friends, and had a lot of difficult time expressing her feelings, so pursuing other art forms during her youth including painting and photography helped somewhat, although she was called a cry baby, being emotional as a child. At 14 years of age while attending Baldwin High School, she taught herself how to play the guitar by studying chord diagrams online, then wrote her first song by using some of the poems she wrote with the chords she learned.
Rise to Fame
During her junior year of high school, she participated in the televised talent competition “MSG Varsity Talent Show”, but was eliminated during the second round. The same year she auditioned for the third season of “The Voice”, even though she knew little about the show, and was selected to audition in front of the judges and sang the song “Toxic” by Britney Spears; three of the four judges selected her, and she chose Adam Levine for her coach.
She reached the Knock Out Rounds of the competition and then reached the Live Rounds as one of the five remaining members of Team Adam. Her performance of the single “Seven Nation Army” became very famous on iTunes, and she also earned fame for her version of the song “Too Close”. However, she was eliminated from the competition during week five, after which she started working on original material, and released her debut single entitled “Dollhouse” in 2014, accompanied by a music video which was fan-funded. After that release, she was signed to Atlantic Records, and then announced that she would be going on a world tour.
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After signing with a major label, she released her debut EP entitled “Dollhouse”, and the single “Carousel” received a gold certification from the RIAA, plus was featured in the series “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. In 2015, she released another gold certified single in “Pity Party”, before working on the single “Soap” which gained a lot of popularity online, before coming out with her debut album entitled “Cry Baby” which received a lot of critical acclaim, and debuted in sixth spot of the Billboard 200. The music video of her lead single “Cry Baby” was released in 2016, inspired by the film “Alice”.
Melanie then started working on her second album which she mentioned is the story of characters living in the neighborhood of Cry Baby. She also launched Cry Baby Perfume Milk, her own fragrance which was distributed by her record label, the first label to engage in such an activity. She released her second EP entitled “Cry Baby’s Extra Clutter” and continued to make music videos. In 2017, “Cry Baby” was certified platinum, after which she mentioned that she wanted to work on a film to coincide with her second album, spending extra time to get it done.
For her personal life, it is known that Melanie was in a relationship with music producer Michael Keenan Leary, who has helped produce several of her singles, and is also known for working with acts such as Phoebe Ryan and Skizzy Mars. The two are no longer together but still stay friends and work in a professional setting. In 2017, a woman named Timothy Heller started accusing Melanie of sexual assault and rape. This prompted a response from the singer stating that she was horrified by the accusations and that she never did anything that the both of them didn’t choose to do together. Many believe that her song “Piggyback” is a response to the accusations.
Martinez is also known for dyeing each half of her hair in different colors, an idea inspired after watching the animated film “101 Dalmatians” which had the villain Cruella de Vil with a similar look. She is also known for her use of baby doll-inspired outfits when performing and in music videos. Some of the influences she’s mentioned in interviews include Zoeey Deschanel, Ariana Grande, the Beatles, and Regina Spektor. She also had a heavy hip-hop influence thanks to her father.