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Pitch Perfect

Northwest singer teams up with Cee-Lo on The Voice

Tacoma-based singer Vicci Martinez is making a fierce run on The Voice, television’s latest performance competition.

“I had a feeling this show would be different,” Martinez says by phone from Los Angeles, “that this would help launch a career that I’ve been working my butt off at for so long, that I would be accepted from the crew, labels, and audience as me! So far, so good.”

The Voice, which airs Tuesday nights on NBC, is unlike its reality show predecessors because its judges listen to the initial auditions blind, with their backs to the contestants. The show’s judges are Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

Over the past 10 years, 26-year-old-Martinez has captured audiences in Tacoma and Seattle with her bluesy, jazzy originals and energetic performances. She brought the same enthusiasm to the first battle round of The Voice, jumping and stomping as she belted out Pink’s “F*cking Perfect.” Cee-Lo Green, Martinez’ team leader and voice coach for the competition, called her performance a “war dance.”

“I made a promise to myself,” Martinez says. “If I wasn’t having fun or enjoying my experience, I would jump ship immediately.” Martinez says the best part of her experience has been the people—cast, band, crew and coaches—though she could do without the early morning radio interviews. “I’m not a morning person,” she says.

When the show is over, Martinez’s fans can expect “the same old Vicci, but I just might be a little busier,” she says. “I’m still going to do what I’ve been doing: writing songs, playing shows, and having fun!” 

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