Melanie Martinez got her start when she auditioned for season 3 of The Voice with a rendition of Britney Spears' Toxic. Adam Levine snagged her up instantly and thus launched her career as a very wacky artist. She didn't win The Voice, but she has gone on to have a wonderful music career and I've been a fan since the beginning.
Her first single and music video release was for a creepy-cute song called Dollhouse, with some very dark implications about dysfunctional families.
Her second big hit was actually picked up just in time for American Horror Story's new circus-themed season and became the show's theme song for a short time. Here is Carousel:
There were a few more songs on her EP, but nothing spectacular until she released a full album. Cry Baby.
Her sound is very eclectic and kind of indie, in a kitschy way. She explores a lot of dark and personal topics with a sense of creepy whimsy and that's what I love about her. The heavy leanings towards a demented Lolita aesthetic don't hurt either.
What do you think? Love it or hate it? Tell me in the comments below!