Tales of an Inspired Musician
THe voice: Vicci martinez
When you first hear Vicci Martinez sing, you know immediately you are experiencing something special. Though only 26, Vicci writes, sings and plays guitar with the touch of a veteran performer. With a passionate voice, profound lyrics and incendiary live performances, this Tacoma native’s contagious live performances have received critical acclaim throughout the Northwest. Combine that with the ability to connect with audiences of all ages and you understand the impressive grass roots following Vicci has developed. Martinez’s inspiration comes from family as well as from musical figures like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, and Dave Matthews and recent explorations of Van Morrison’s hallowed catalog. She delivers intensely personal songs wrapped up in her soulful emotive voice . The power of her voice defies her petite stature and the soulfulness of her guitar playing is beyond her years. “I know everyone says, ‘Oh I came from humble beginnings,’” Martinez says. “But it’s what I want to keep. I want the music to be for everyone. I have the ability to say what I want to say and that’s the how I want to keep it.”
Vicci is as comfortable playing an intimate solo gig to headlining festivals as she is sharing the bill with artists ranging from Sting, Annie Lennox, Jonny Lang, Brandi Carlile, soul man, Syl Johnson to blues legend BB King. It’s a tricky balance she’s trying to achieve. The kind you get from a history that started as a 13 year old girl who balked at joining her school youth choir but thrived as a featured soloist that included a successful appearance on “Star Search” plus an “American Idol” audition that got her a ticket to Hollywood which she declined because she “decided not to sell them my soul.” Following the road less traveled, Vicci has chosen to stay true to her music and her fans.
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