Martinez has been engaged in local church ministry and non-profit work all of his life since growing up at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Newark, Ohio.
When his family relocated to Southern California, he continued to work in the church, directing choirs for his local church and singing with various Gospel artists throughout Southern California. After graduating from high school, Martinez went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
While there, he was instrumental in establishing the Young Inspiration Gospel Choir, a 100 voice college Gospel choir. While continuing his studies, he founded the Louise Patterson African American Awards Ceremony to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the faculty, staff and students of color at the university. Martinez then continued to work with at-risk kids in inner-city Oakland by providing tutoring services and mentorship opportunities.