Wicker Park gal impresses on 'The Voice'

February 27, 2012|By Taylor Ervin, RedEye

Erin Martin, a 27-year-old Wicker Park resident, appeared on NBC's The Voice on Feb. 13. The young musician's rendition of "Hey there Delilah" by The Plain White T's was good enough to impress judges Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, but Martin ultimately chose to move on to the next round as part of Cee Lo's team. The model turned singer talked to us about world domination and her love of Disney songs.

What are some of your favorite hangouts in Chicago?
It depends on what kind of hanging out you are talking about. I mean if you are talking about eateries, I love the Bongo Room. They have the best breakfast brunch fare in the world. But I like to go to the Elbo Room for live music because they are the best at supporting local artists. Pretty much anybody can get a show there. It's not that they just let anybody get on their stage, but they are just so open to live music, and they have live music every day of the week. I played at the Elbo room seriously for like a year.

Have you always been musically inclined?
Here's the honest truth. I started singing because of the "Jungle Book" and the "Little Mermaid." I'm not even kidding. There's this scene in the Jungle Book where she's like by the water and thinking about this boy and she's like brushing her hair or something. I don't know. I don't remember. I was like seven, but I remember very distinctly learning the song and then going into the kitchen. My brother and my mom were in there and I was like 'oh my god you guys, this is the most amazing thing ever...' So then I got a piano when I was like 12 years old. And I started playing piano.

Do you have any one who you look up to or aspire to emulate musically?
I have a lot of musical influences. I don't really want to emulate anybody. I think everybody should be their own self. A huge influence for me in music is Fiona Apple. When I was a teenager I dated this guy who was in a band and he gave me some of her albums and those were some of the first albums that I listened to on my own that wasn't music that was played in my house growing up. My parents listened to music, and I wasn't allowed to listen to the radio so Fionna Apple became one of my first biggest influences.

What were the auditions like for "The Voice?"
The auditions were fun. The blind audition was fun. I was really confident going into it. It didn't feel like a big deal to me. It's sort of one of those experiences where you don't realize it's real until you're in it, and once you're in it, you realize that you are in it and you pull it together and real it in and perform. I had a really good time up there. It was just a really happy moment for me. My biggest thing was just get through the song and don't screw it up.

How did it feel to be on TV? Did you watch yourself?
Well I had a little freak out session the day that the blind auditions aired. I was like, "I don't wanna watch this. I can't do this." I mean I've been modeling for a long time, and I grew up in theatre...so I wasn't nervous to see myself on TV, I was just nervous to see how I did performance wise. I had no idea. I didn't really remember how I did, so I just was like I hope I didn't suck. It turns out I didn't suck. I did well, and I was just pleased. It was just a really exciting moment. I just want to win.

How do you feel about being on Cee Lo's team?
I think Cee Lo is cool. He's like the coolest cat in the game to me. And I just feel on cloud nine to be a part of his team honestly. Everyone else, you know, the other coaches are all very cool, but Cee Lo is the coolest. And I got him to turn around, and I think that's awesome because I think everybody wants to be Cee Lo...But as far as world domination and taking over the world, me and Cee Lo, we're going to do that.

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