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"Crybaby's" success brings tears of joy for Melanie Martinez

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Melanie Martinez knows that being on the third season of "The Voice" was a boon for her career as a singer -- including her Top 10 debut album "Cry Baby" and her singles "Carousel" and "Pity Party."

But it was a "confusing" time for Martinez, the songwriter.

"That was a weird experience," the 20-year-old from New York state says by phone from her tour bus. "There wasn't time to be experiencing anything but being on a TV show and singing other people's songs, like, 'Oh, I'm on a show now and I have to focus on this for a year of my life and I want to write music and I'm not allowed to put it out and I can't sing it on this show even though I'm proud of the songs I'm writing now.'

"So it was just a very weird thing for me, as a songwriter."

The good news is that Martinez came out of "The Voice" as a known commodity, which helped both her 2014 EP "Dollhouse" and "Cry Baby," which came out in August. The latter is a concept album based on Martinez's own experience of "being insecure and super emotional and taking things super seriously" while growing up. Not all of the songs are explicitly about her, she notes, but the album does tell a full realized story that has a happy ending.

"This album is super personal for me, just because I am the character in a lot of way," explains Martinez, who's already working on her next album, which will be another conceptual project. "As the character goes through things (on the album) she becomes more comfortable in her own skin, more comfortable being her crazy, insane self.

"I think I've made that same kind of transformation since the beginning to the end of writing the album. I think that this was just a way for me to get over being made fun of for being super emotional and all of that. I wanted to kind of turn the word crybaby into a compliment rather than an insult, because it was an insult for so long."

Melanie Martinez

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