Became a finalist on the 2011 season of The Voice. She is also notable for albums such as Sleep to Dream, I Love You in the Morning, Vicci, and more. In 2018, she began playing inmate Donita Duarte on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.
She recorded her debut album, VMB, in the year 2000. While competing on The Voice, she recorded U.S. Billboard Top 100 covers of "Jolene," "Dog Days Are Over," and "Afraid to Sleep."
In 2015, she self-released the album, I Am V'icci Martinez.
The child of a teacher and a Mexican-born plumber, she spent her youth in Tacoma, Washington. In July 2018, she confirmed her relationship to OITNB co-star Emily Tarver.
While on The Voice, she was coached by Cee Lo Green. She and Green later collaborated on a European Top 20 single titled "Come Along."