Melanie Adele Martinez (born April 28, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, photographer, and screenwriter. Born in Astoria, Queens, and raised in Baldwin, New York, Martinez rose to prominence in 2012 after appearing on the American television vocal talent show The Voice. Following the show, she released her debut single "Dollhouse", followed by her debut EP of the same name (2014), through Atlantic Records.
Martinez later released her debut studio album, Cry Baby (2015), which went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in February 2017. Martinez’s songs "Sippy Cup", "Mad Hatter", "Mrs. Potato Head", "Cry Baby", "Pacify Her" and "Soap", were all certified gold in the U.S., and her songs "Dollhouse" and "Pity Party" received platinum certification from the RIAA.
Martinez released her second studio album, K-12 (2019), alongside its accompanying film, as a follow up to the storyline of Cry Baby. The singer has been referred to as the "Emo-Pop Queen".