Born in Astoria, Queens and raised in Baldwin, New York on Long Island, she first participated in the MSG Varsity Talent Show during her junior year of high school, and subsequently rose to prominence in 2012 after appearing on the American television vocal talent show The Voice.
She auditioned singing Britney Spears's "Toxic", and made it to the Top 6 before being eliminated in the fifth week of live shows.
She sang "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong and "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" by The Four Tops. The initial, untelevised audition was an open call, held at Javits Center.
She recalls that while she and her mother were driving to the audition, her mother's car broke down before they reached the Midtown Tunnel, and the two were forced to "hitchhike" a taxicab in order to get there.
In week three, Martinez's performance of "Seven Nation Army" finished the voting period at #10 on the i Tunes Top 200 Single Chart, causing her i Tunes votes to be multiplied by ten.
Martinez was eliminated by audience vote in week five, along with the fellow Team Adam member Amanda Brown, leaving Levine with no artists.
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She then received multiple callbacks until she was finally selected to audition on the show itself.
Martinez released a Christmas-themed single, "Gingerbread Man", in December 2015.
She initially released the song on Sound Cloud on December 21, 2015 as a "gift for her fans", but later released the track on i Tunes on January 29, 2016 as a single.
In the Knockout Round, Martinez was paired with Sam James. Levine eliminated James, and Martinez moved on to the Live Rounds as one of the five remaining members of Team Adam.
In week one of the Live Rounds, Martinez sang "Hit the Road Jack".