Pentatonix

Pentatonix (PTX) is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee. Characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, percussion, and beatboxing, they produce cover versions of modern pop works or Christmas songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with original material. Pentatonix formed in 2011 and subsequently won the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, receiving $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. When Sony’s Epic Records dropped the group after The Sing-Off, the group formed its YouTube channel, distributing its music through Madison Gate Records, a label owned by Sony Pictures. Their YouTube channel currently has over 17 million subscribers and 4 billion views. The group’s video tribute to Daft Punk had received over 310 million views as of January 2019.

Pentatonix

Their debut EP PTX, Volume 1 was released in 2012, followed by their holiday release PTXmas the same year, with Pentatonix’s third release, PTX, Vol. II, debuting at number 1 on Billboards Independent Albums chart and number 10 on the Billboard 200 in 2013. In May 2014, Pentatonix signed with RCA Records, a “flagship” label of Sony Music Entertainment, while in the same year, the group released their fourth EP, PTX, Vol. III, and two full-length studio albums; PTX, Vols. 1 & 2, a compilation album released in Japan, Korea and Australia, and their second holiday release, That’s Christmas to Me, with the album certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), platinum on December 24, 2014, and double platinum on February 11, 2016, becoming the highest-charting holiday album by a group since 1962, and the fourth-best-selling album in the United States in 2014. The following year, Pentatonix released their eponymous album, their first consisting mostly of original material, which debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart for the first time in their career, followed by a third Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas, in 2016, and a new EP, PTX, Vol. IV – Classics, the following year. In 2017, founding member bass Avi Kaplan left the group amicably and was replaced by Matt Sallee, who was featured on their next album PTX Presents Top Pop, Vol. I.

Pentatonix has won three Grammy Awards: they were the first a cappella act to win Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, doing so in 2015 and 2016, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2017.

The Pentatonix group consists of 1 girl and 5 guys. They are all very musical and talented.

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Kirstin Maldonado

Kirstin Taylor “Kirstie” Maldonado is an American singer and songwriter, and a member of the a cappella group Pentatonix. Together with Pentatonix, Maldonado has released seven studio albums, won three Grammy Awards, and sold over six million albums.

Maldonado debuted her solo career on May 19, 2017, with the song “Break a Little” under the moniker Kirstin (stylized as kırstın™; the ™ stands for “Taylor Maldonado,” not trademark), with her debut EP L O V E released on July 14, 2017. She also made her Broadway debut in 2018, portraying Lauren in Kinky Boots.

 

 

 

Avi Kaplan

Avriel Benjamin “Avi” Kaplan is an American singer and songwriter, best known as a past member of the a cappella group Pentatonix. He is known for his deep bass voice, and often acted as the vocal bass of Pentatonix. In May 2017, Kaplan announced that he was leaving Pentatonix following their upcoming tour.

In 2017, Kaplan debuted his solo folk music project, Avriel & the Sequoias, in which he also plays guitar. His debut EP, Sage, and Stone were released on June 9, 2017; the first song, “Fields and Pier”, premiered on April 29. On March 22, 2019, he premiered a new song, “Change on the Rise”, this time under the name Avi Kaplan.

He is a three-time Grammy Award winner, as a part of Pentatonix.

 

Mitch Grassi

Mitchell Coby Michael “Mitch” Grassi is an American singer-songwriter and YouTuber. He is one of the lead singers of the A Cappella vocal band Pentatonix and the chart-topping pop duo with Scott Hoying called SUPERFRUIT. The YouTube channel for Pentatonix (PTXofficial) has over 14 million subscribers and 2 billion views, and it continues to rise. He also has a YouTube channel together with Scott Hoying called Superfruit, which has surpassed 2 million subscribers, and continues to grow.

Grassi, along with the rest of the members of Pentatonix and their producer Ben Bram, are 3x Grammy winners as of February 12th, 2017, for their “Daft Punk” medley and cover of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” under “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella”, and have just won third Grammy for their cover of “Jolene” featuring Dolly Parton under the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category. Pentatonix also made a cameo in the 2015 movie “Pitch Perfect 2.”

 

Scott Hoying

Scott Richard Hoying is a singer, songwriter, and pianist, and is one of the original members of Pentatonix. Hoying has been performing since the age of 8. Hoying graduated from Martin High School in 2010, located in Arlington, Texas. Hoying went to the University of Southern California where he joined the SoCal VoCals, a popular and accomplished campus a cappella group, but did not stay with this group. He later asked his friends, Mitch Grassi and Kirstie Maldonado, to audition for an a cappella show called “The Sing-Off” (the 3rd season). They decided that they needed two more members, so they added Avi Kaplan for bass and Kevin Olusola percussion (beatboxing).

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Kevin Olusola

Kevin Olusola is an American musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band Pentatonix. After the group won NBC‘s The Sing-Off in 2011, they released five albums, which all charted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 charts, have sold over 2 million records, and have amassed more than two billion views on their YouTube channel.

Olusola has also been identified as developing the art of “celloboxing” (playing the cello and beatboxing simultaneously). His celloboxing version of Mark Summer’s “Julie-O” went viral in April 2011, which led him to become involved with Pentatonix.

 

 

Matt Sallee

Matt was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in La Plata, Maryland. He has been singing his entire life. He started off singing in church at a very young age under the direction of his father who was is a music pastor. He then went on to do many shows and musicals in his schools and around the Southern Maryland area.

He was classically trained and sang in all choirs available all through high school. He has performed at various prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, and Morman Temple Visitors Center, and the Apollo Theater. Upon graduating he was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he earned a plethora of opportunities such as, singing for the school’s President and Presidential Advisory Committee as the sole performer and becoming a member of one of the country best collegiate a cappella groups, Pitch Slapped.

 

Is pentatonix still together?

: Four of the members are original, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, and Kevin Olusola. Avi Kaplan announced leaving the group in May of 2017. His final performance was in September of that year. By October Matt Sallee was singing bass with Pentatonix.


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