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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Recap: Seattle Women’s Chorus Celebrate! With NBC’s The Voice Finalist, Vicci Martinez

Seattle Women's Chorus

Benaroya Hall Celebrate! Concert (photo credit: Seattle Women’s Chorus)

After 200 women made a vivacious entrance through the aisles of Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Women’s Chorus 10th anniversary Celebrate! performance began with a Tracy Chapman classic, “Give Me One Reason.” Well, that was one reason to stay there and enjoy an almost three-hour performance of classic women songs from Melissa Etheridge to Aretha Franklin. The boisterous voices filled Benaroya Hall with excitement and nostalgia as their snapping, tapping, and clapping complimented the beat.

The highlight of the night was when Vicci Martinez, accomplished songwriter/singer and finalist in NBC’s The Voice took the stage to thundering applause. Martinez’s raspy voice, acoustic guitar playing, and clear enthusiasm filled the stage, hall, and hearts of all that attended, while the Seattle Women’s Chorus provided a magnificent backdrop to her heartfelt songs. At one point, Martinez told a story about when, during rehearsals for this performance, she started to sing “Let Go,” a song dedicated to her deceased father. As the chorus joined in the background, Martinez started to tear up. She said it was like angels were lifting her up.

Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez performing with the Seattle Women’s Chorus (photo credit: Seattle Women’s Chorus)

The evening was poignant with song, reflection, and celebration of strong women who are proud of who they are. In an interview with Vicci Martinez, when asked what advice she would give to young women artists or any artist, she said, “Be free with who you are.” The music industry and her new-found fame allows her to create and be with like-minded people.

She was excited to perform with the Seattle Women’s Chorus because of their beautiful voices. The chorus took her songs and interpreted them in new and amazing ways. Martinez performed her successful single “Come Along,” along with some songs from her new album.

Currently living in Los Angeles, Martinez is busy performing and traveling to music stations around the country and doing promos to promote her music. She does charity events that support causes like Musicares, Global Youth Summit, and PAWS. Before our phone interview, Martinez was just coming from several elementary schools where she performed and discussed her career.

Flying House Productions, the parent company that houses both the Seattle Men’s Chorus and the Seattle Women’s Chorus, is a non-profit organization that has a mission to entertain, enlighten, unify and heal their audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and their relationships. All proceeds to the event went back into the organization to serve as a support system and outreach organization for the community it serves. Visit the Vicci Martinez official website to see where she will be amazing audiences next.

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