When you first hear Vicci Martinez sing, you know immediately you are experiencing something special. Though only 27, Vicci writes, sings and plays guitar with the touch of a veteran performer. When leading her accomplished, intuitive band (guitarist Rod Cook, drummer Darin Watkins, bassist Jeff Leonard and newest member, keyboard player Eric Robert), she turns her concerts into full-on events, taking her fans on thrilling journeys of emotional peaks and musical adventures. 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, blues legend BB King. Vicci was also the finalist from Team Cee Lo on the 1st season of NBC’s “The Voice” and shared the stage with other contestants as well as Pat Monahan (Train) and Cee Lo Green.
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.” Over the past ten years, she has released 7 independent solo projects plus a live DVD. This history defines Vicci as an artist who wants to build her career entirely from her heart.
Vicci is building on this rich history and taking her career to a new level. She signed on with management team Miki Mulvehill van Tyn (Luther Allison, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Keri Noble, Double Trouble) and Beth Tallman, (A&M, Island Def Jam, RykoDisc). Writing with some of the finest songwriters in the country: Kevin Bowe, Bruce McCabe, Antonio K., Davitt Sigerson, Adam Cohen, Desmond Child, Phil Galdston, Rock Mafia, The Matrix, Jason Nevins, Gregg Wattenberg, Rick Nowels, Peter Zizzo, Peter Svensson and Tim Pagnotta and energy that she has live for the first time on her debut release on Universal Republic “Vicci” due out May 2012.