Vocal sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off
are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. Named after the world’s most widely recognized five-note music scale, this quintet has transformed one of pop music’s purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. From their original tracks to their intricate reimagining of pop hits and epically complex arrangements and medleys, Pentatonix have quickly developed a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.
Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying (22), Kirstie Maldonado (22) and Mitch Grassi (21), vocal bass Avi Kaplan (24) and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (25) and, while the individuals would maintain that each of their fellow band members is irreplaceable, the fact remains that 24-hours before their audition for The Sing-Off
they still hadn’t all officially met.
A freshman at The University of Southern California, Scott decided to audition for the show and enlisted childhood friends and fellow Arlington, Texas-natives Kirstie and Mitch. As a high school vocal trio, they had found success both locally and online thanks to their cover of Lady Gaga’s Telephone
. Determined to add depth and a distinctive dynamic to the group, Scott set out to add more vocalists, first adding Avi, who’d built himself a reputation as one of the most talented vocal basses in Southern California, and eventually took to YouTube where he found the video for Julie-O
, featuring Kevin’s cello-boxing (simultaneously beatboxing and performing the song on his cello).
Finally a fully formed group, Pentatonix perfected their sound (and their chemistry) throughout the season, naturally developing a signature style and a knack for arranging songs that pulled equally from the five individuals’ strengths. Despite drawing from a dizzyingly eclectic set of musical genres – the group cites pop, jazz, r&b, indie, folk, dubstep and electronica as just a few of their inspirations – the quintet seemed to mesh magically, evident in their modern interpretation of The Bangles’ Video Killed The Radio Star
, or their epic adaptation of Florence & The Machine’s The Dog Days Are Over
. Before long, Pentatonix had become a legitimate musical force, armed with a collective confidence and swagger that would eventually propel them to win the competition.
After The Sing Off
, Pentatonix relocated to Los Angeles where they produced and released two EP’s – PTX Vol 1
(both via Madison Gate Records) – each time debuting on Billboard’s Top 200 and selling more than 125,000 albums. They have twice toured North America, regularly selling out venues that include New York City’s Best Buy Theater and San Francisco’s Warfield Theater and their first ever European tour sold out in its entirety. The have performed for Quincy Jones at Atlanta’s Fox Theater and were a featured performer for Diana Ross at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Television appearances include performances on Ellen
, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
, The Katie Couric Show
, The Talk
, The American Music Awards Red Carpet Show
and Sesame Street
. Pentatonix have also been regularly featured online by Perez Hilton, RyanSeacrest.com, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and The New York Times.
In addition to their live shows, the Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts more than 155 million views and 1.8 million subscribers, propelled by unparalleled performances of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know
, (18 million views) and Lorde’s Royals
, (11 million) as well as the incomparable Evolution of Music
, a 4 minute, 36-song live journey through the history of music that has tallied more than 21 million views. The group’s cover collaboration with Lindsey Stirling for Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive
has seen more than 45 million views over the two artists’ channels and won in the “Best Response Video” category at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards on November 3, 2013. The group also has more than 525,000 Facebook fans and 150,000 Twitter followers.
Pentatonix new album – PTX Vol 2
– released via Madison Gate Records features eight new tracks, including three original songs and a modern twist on the classic Hit The Road Jack
with original lyrics. The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.
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