Xenia (singer)

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Xenia
Birth nameXenia Edith Martinez
Born(1994-12-17) December 17, 1994 (age 19)
OriginTemecula, California
GenresPop, soul
OccupationsSinger, Recording Artist
Instrumentsvocals, piano, guitar, Harmonica
Years active2011 – present
 
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Xenia
Birth nameXenia Edith Martinez
Born(1994-12-17) December 17, 1994 (age 19)
OriginTemecula, California
GenresPop, soul
OccupationsSinger, Recording Artist
Instrumentsvocals, piano, guitar, Harmonica
Years active2011 – present

Xenia Edith Martinez[1] (born December 17, 1994), known mononymously as Xenia, is an American singer who came in second place on Blake Shelton’s team on the first season of The Voice.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Chula Vista, California and raised in nearby Temecula, Xenia is the middle child in a family of five. She learned how to play the guitar when she was 6. The instruments she plays are the guitar, harmonica and piano (she learned by ear).[2] She attended Great Oak High School, but was later home-schooled.[3] Prior to her entering The Voice, none of her peers, including her best friend, knew that Xenia could sing.

2011: The Voice[edit]

Xenia participated in season 1 of The Voice, making it to the Final 8 and placing 2nd on Team Blake. She auditioned with the song, "Breakeven", and was vied for by two judges, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, but eventually chose Blake as her coach. She later emerged victorious over Sara Oromchi in the battle round phase, singing a duet of "I'll Stand By You". Two of the studio versions of her live performances, "Price Tag" and "The Man Who Can't Be Moved", charted on the Billboard Hot 100. "Price Tag" entered the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at 116 before climbing to 99 on the Hot 100 charts the subsequent week. She still keeps in touch with her coach, Blake Shelton, as well as past contestants such as Dia Frampton, Nakia and Vicci Martinez.

2011-present: Sing You Home EP, collaboration with Blake Shelton[edit]

Riding on the influence from her participation in The Voice, Xenia gave her first hometown performance at the 17th annual Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival,[4] singing her cover of "Breakeven" by The Script, which was her debut song on The Voice. Thanks to her former coach Blake Shelton, Xenia was also able to wrap up a performance at Los Angeles’ Key Club, late December 2011, with singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin.[3] They sang a duet of "Maybe It's Over". She has named Jon McLaughlin, Billy Joel and Johnny Cash as her inspirations.[5]

She is currently signed to Universal Republic Records, and released her debut EP Sing You Home on December 20, 2011.[6] She has described the genre of this EP to be "inspiring soul pop".[3] It peaked at #3 on the iTunes Pop charts, and #10 on the iTunes overall charts.

She has since recorded a music video for her EP's lead single, "Sing You Home". Her robust, raspy voice has also gained the attention of celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Avril Lavigne, who shared her music video on their YouTube channels.[7] "Sing You Home" has now gained over 500,000 views on YouTube.[8]

Xenia is working with a band to complete a full record in plans of having a full-length concert and going on tour in the near future. She has since parted ways with Universal, but went on to release a single, "Hiding Places", on September 25.[9] A music video for "Hiding Places" has been filmed and is to be released in the future.

Xenia was featured on Blake Shelton's first Christmas album in 2012, Cheers, It's Christmas, providing guest vocals for the song "Silver Bells".[10]

Xenia released a cover of "America" on September 27 for digital download. Xenia was later slated to perform the National Anthem at the televised 2013 Discover Orange Bowl game, but was replaced just hours before the game by country artist Ayla Brown, daughter of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.[11]

Discography[edit]

EP[edit]

TitleAlbum details
Sing You Home EP[6]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US
[12]
2011"Breakeven"-Non-album releases by The Voice
"I'll Stand By You"
(credited to Xenia vs Sara Oromchi)
-
"Price Tag"99
"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"92

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

YearTitleDirector
2012"Sing You Home"Elliot Sellers

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/calbirths?c=search&first=xenia&last=martinez&spelling=Exact&4_year=&4_month=0&4_day=0&5=&7=&SubmitSearch.x=0&SubmitSearch.y=0&SubmitSearch=Submit
  2. ^ "Season 1 Artists from The Voice - Xenia". NBC. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Recker, Rachael. "Xenia of ‘The Voice’ Season One excited to release debut EP, shoot music video". Southwest Riverside News Network. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "TEMECULA: Xenia performance kicks off film and music festival". NC Times. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Xenia - Résumé | Facebook". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "iTunes Preview - Sing You Home EP". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Former "Voice" Star Shines". NBC. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Youtube: Xenia - Sing You Home". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.keepinitcountryblog.com/2012/09/xenia-interview-blake-shelton/
  10. ^ "Blake Shelton "Cheers It's Christmas" Tracklist & Cover Art". Roughstock. September 3, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Pack, Jeff (January 1, 2013). "Xenia's Orange Bowl anthem nixed at late hour On Thursday, ESPN said it had nothing to do with decision to change singers". U~T San Diego. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Peak chart positions for charted songs in the United States: