Tacoma singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez, who shot to fame as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2011, will return live to the show tonight (May 5) to sing “Bad News Breaker” from her new album “I Am Vicci Martinez,” recently released live at the Rialto Theater with new Tacoma band Enter-Exit-Stay.
The show airs at 8 p.m., and includes the announcement of the artists who’ll go on to the show’s semifinals.
“The Voice is such a huge part of my career and so many of my happy memories,” said Martinez on a Facebook post. “I can’t wait to be back on that big, beautiful stage.”
Known for her powerful, raw vocals, charismatic style and indie guitar sound, Martinez had spent several years signed with Universal Republic Records, living in Los Angeles and touring the U.S. and Europe. She also had a Billboard Top 20 hit single “Come Along” featuring her coach from “The Voice,” Cee Lo Green.
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Last May she broke with the label, however, returning home to Tacoma and recording tracks for her new album with a trio of local musicians: DuWayne “DJ” Phinisey, Aaron Stevens and Paul Hirschl. The band, called Enter-Exit-Stay, released the album one song per week leading up to a live benefit performance April 18 at the Rialto Theater.
“It’s a good transition between my last album with Universal which was pop, and incorporating that with my past band and this whole other sound,” Martinez said about the album’s new sound. “It’s really different.”