Melanie Martinez at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

In the four years since 21-year-old Melanie Martinez caught the national eye with an turn†on Adam Levineís team on the 2012 season of the NBC singing competition, ďThe Voice,Ē her star has been steadily rising. Her debut album ďCry BabyĒ dropped last August and when she swung through Austin in April, she easily sold out Emoís. When she hit the stage last Saturday throngs of young folks showed up to take in the spectacle of her dark romper room.

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Before she performed, she briefly stopped by Team Austin360ís backstage tent for a quick chat.

Austin360: Over the last year youíve been building a lot of buzz. How does it feel to watch everything take off?

Melanie Martinez: Iíve definitely been working very hard and touring for a very long time but Iím still grateful and feel very lucky to do what I do, to have so many people who like, actually care about my music, and care about coming to my shows and singing every word. Thatís really special to me for sure.

Your music is very emotional and youíre very young yourself. Do you feel like young people really connect with the things youíre saying?

I mean, Iím just talking about real things that I think are important that arenít talked about a lot in pop music. It definitely seems like a lot of people have really been relating to a lot of my feelings that Iíve been putting out.

Have you had any particularly moving interactions with fans?

I do meet and greets every show and itís definitely very overwhelming and also incredible to meet people who I relate to in a wayÖ people struggling with depression or anxiety. I hear a lot about people dealing with a lot of things in their life and how my music has helped them kind of deal with those personal issues. Iím really grateful that I get to do that and help people as well as do what I love which is make music and art.

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