Pentatonix is an a cappella group of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, originating from Arlington, Texas. The group won the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC, singing an a cappella arrangement of "Eye of the Tiger", originally performed by the band Survivor, as their victory song. Pentatonix won $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony. Their debut EP, PTX Vol. 1, charted at #14 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Pentatonix is currently touring and recently released their album, PTX Vol. 2.Contents 1 History 1.1 Background and name 1.2 The Sing-Off (2011) 1.2.1 Performances 1.3 Debut studio album and tour (2012–present) 2 Philanthropy 3 Discography 3.1 Extended plays 3.2 Singles 4 References 5 External links History Background and name Pentatonix's logo.
Pentatonix began with three friends that grew up together: Kirstin "Kirstie" Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. Hearing of a local radio show hosting a competition to meet the cast of Glee, they arranged a trio version of "Telephone" and sent it in. Although they did not end up winning the competition, it sparked attention around their school, where the group began performing. After their version of "Telephone" gained attention on YouTube, they continued performing.
Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado graduated from Martin High School in 2010. Hoying went off to the University of Southern California to pursue a bachelor's degree in Popular Music, while Maldonado pursued a Musical Theatre major at The University of Oklahoma. Grassi, the youngest member of the trio, was still in his senior year of high school. While at USC, Scott Hoying joined an a cappella group called SoCal VoCals. He found out about The Sing-Off from another member of the group, Ben Bram (also their arranger, producer, and sound engineer) and was encouraged to audition for the show. He persuaded Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi to join him, but the show required at least four members. Hoying met Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, a highly recognized vocal bass in the acapella community, through a mutual friend and the trio found Kevin Olusola on YouTube, as one of his videos where he was beatboxing and playing his cello at the same time went viral (called "celloboxing.) Kevin graduated from Yale, Pre-Med, and also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese after spending a year studying in China.
The group effectively met the day before the auditions for the third season of The Sing-Off began. Mitch Grassi skipped his high school graduation ceremony in order to arrive on time for the auditions. They successfully auditioned for the show and eventually went on to win the title for 2011 (season 3).
Pentatonix, as suggested by Scott Hoying, is named after the pentatonic scale, a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave. The group believed that the scale's five notes matched their membership. They replaced the last letter with an x to make it more appealing. The quintet derives its influences from pop, dubstep, electro, reggae and hip-hop.The Sing-Off (2011) Main article: The Sing-Off (season 3) Performances
Pentatonix performed the following songs on The Sing Off. [Note: they did not perform in Episode 1 or 3]:
Scott Hoying and Kirstin Maldonado dropped out of school in the hopes of winning The Sing-Off. After they won, all of the members relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career as recording artists. The main goal of the group is to become the first mainstream a cappella group in recent times.
In January 2012, Pentatonix began releasing videos of covers of popular and classic songs on YouTube. Several of their covers, including "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Gangnam Style" by PSY, and "We Are Young" by Fun, went viral on YouTube.
Their much-anticipated EP, PTX Vol. 1, was released on June 26, 2012, charting at #14 in the US Billboard 200 chart and #5 digital chart. It sold 20,000 copies in its first week of release. They promoted their album through press appearances on Access Hollywood, VH1 The Buzz, Marie, and local television shows. Pentatonix were also featured on the Chinese version of The Sing-Off as guests where Kevin showcased his fluency in Mandarin.
Pentatonix also embarked on their first national headlining tour in Fall of 2012. The tour was sold-out and spanned 30 cities. The band said the first tour was a chance to meet the fans and understand how to perform vocal music for 90 minutes. Openings acts consisted of Alexander Cardinale and SJ Acoustic Music.
The group released their Christmas EP, PTXmas, on November 13, 2012. The day after, they released their video for "Carol of the Bells". Continuously promoting their album, they were featured performers on "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 American Music Awards" Pre-Show on November 18, performed on the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and were the main opening act for the "94.7 THE WAVE Christmas Concert Starring Dave Koz and Kenny Loggins" on December 16. They were also featured guests on Katie Couric (ABC), Home and Family (Hallmark), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Big D NYE. Ryanseacrest.com named Pentatonix the 2012 "Featured Artist of the Year" for their expansive growth online in just one year.
The band went on their second national headlining tour from January 24, 2013 to May 11, 2013, and simultaneously wrote additional original material for their second EP that will be released in Fall 2013.
The band has engaged in collaborations with other artists. In March 2013, Pentatonix posted a cover with violinist Lindsey Stirling of the Imagine Dragons song "Radioactive", which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts in the classical digital songs category.
PTX Vol. 2, set for release on November 5, 2013, will have four covers (including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us", and a Daft Punk medley) as well as four original songs: "Natural Disaster", "Love Again", "Hey Momma", and "Run to You". The album also includes a bonus track, the Swedish House Mafia mashup of "Save the World/Don't You Worry Child". The group promoted PTX, Vol. 2 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013, after the success of "The Evolution of Beyoncé" mashup on YouTube. The video went viral, and was seen by Beyoncé herself.Philanthropy
During The Sing-Off, Pentatonix visited the administrative offices of The Trevor Project, an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 and the leading national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The group shared their experiences of overcoming bullying and recorded a PSA. A 60-second spot about The Trevor Project aired during the live finale, but it was met with considerable controversy as the producers edited out LGBTQ references and failed to acknowledge the orientations of Grassi and Hoying, who are both gay.
Pentatonix performed two shows in Rochester, New York, on December 11, 2011 in support of the University of Rochester YellowJackets' "United We Sing" Kenya project. The event, which also featured all-female octet Delilah, was hosted by the YellowJackets at Kodak Hall at the university's Eastman Theatre. Pentatonix was also invited to the A Cappella Palooza fundraiser in Boston in April 2012 (together with Ben Folds, Delilah, Dartmouth Aires, North Shore and the Dear Abbeys from Boston University) in an effort to raise funds for the Mass General Cancer Center.Discography Extended plays PTX, Volume 1 (June 26, 2012) PTXmas (November 13, 2012) PTX, Vol. II (November 5, 2013) Singles "Daft Punk" (November 5, 2013) References ^ "THE SING-OFF Season 3 Winners Pentatonix Release Debut EP "PTX VOLUME 1" Tuesday, June 26th". PRNewswire. Retrieved 29 June 2012. ^ a b c "Biography of Pentatonix". nbc.com. Retrieved 29 June 2012. ^ Hyman, Vicki (29 November 2011). 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"Faith, Innovation, and Cello Beat Boxing – An Interview with Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix". Beliefnet.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Bentley, Jean (29 November 2011). "'The Sing Off' winners Pentatonix on YouTube, Nick Lachey and recording an album". zap2it.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Gallo, Phil (29 November 2011). "'The Sing-Off' Finale: Pentatonix Takes The Trophy". Billboard.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ O'Neal, Cathy (11 October 2011). "Pentatonix on The Sing-Off". TheaterJones.com. Retrieved 24 August 2012. ^ a b Trust, Gary (6 July 2012). "Weekly Chart Notes: Whitney Houston, Pentatonix, Andy Griffith". Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 August 2012. ^ The Sing Off – Music – NBC Official Site[dead link] ^ MacKenzie, Carina Adly (28 November 2011). "'The Sing-Off' winner: Pentatonix tunes out Dartmouth Aires and Urban Method". zap2it.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Smith, Grady (2 December 2011). "'Sing-Off' champs Pentatonix talk competition, their future album, and (of course) Nick Lachey's puns". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Still, Jennifer (30 November 2011). "'The Sing-Off' Pentatonix interview: 'We want mainstream success'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ "The Sing Off Season 3: Conference Call With Pentatonix". Reality Wanted. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ "Pentatonix Perform At The Recording Academy". Grammy.com. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. ^ "Pentatonix 'We Are Young' A Capella Cover Goes Viral". Huffington Post. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Wakim, Marielle (16 July 2012). "Pentatonix Are Making a Cappella Cool Again (or Maybe for the First Time)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Grein, Paul (4 July 2012). "Week Ending July 1, 2012. Albums: Keeping Adam Humble". Yahoo! Music Chart Watch. Retrieved 24 August 2012. ^ Smith, Grady (3 July 2012). "Winners of 'The Sing-Off' outsell 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon". music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ "Linkin Parks One, Maroon's Next". Hits Daily Double. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Gallo, Phill (26 September 2012). "Pentatonix Working On Christmas EP, Four-Month Tour In 2013". billboard.biz. Retrieved 7 October 2012. ^ Moraski, Lauren (6 July 2012). "Pentatonix: Keeping the a cappella spark bright after 'The Sing-Off'". CBS News. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Lawton, Adam (29 July 2012). "Pentatonix's Avi Kaplan & Scott Hoying talk about NBC's 'The Sing Off'". mediamikes.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ "Pentatonix (Interview)". dfwlive.org. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. ^ Gary Trust, Pentatonix Covers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' At Billboard HQ, Billboard (April 4, 2013): "Pentatonix's new video is a collaboration with violinist (and recent Chart Beat Meet & Great spotlight artist) Lindsey Stirling, a cover of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," the original of which has topped Alternative Songs for seven weeks and this week bounds 15–7 on the Hot 100. The reworked "Radioactive" has garnered 775,000 YouTube views, while Pentatonix's official YouTube channel has drawn an astounding 63 million views". ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 3 October 2013. ^ a b Malachi (2013-11-04). "Pentatonix Performs 'Evolution of Beyoncé' on 'Ellen'". The Honesty Hour. Retrieved 2013-11-07. ^ Lee, Ashley (2013-10-30). "A Cappella 'Evolution of Beyonce' Video Goes Viral: Pentatonix on How the Hit Came to Be". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-11-07. ^ Still, Jennifer (29 November 2011). "'Sing-Off' winner crowned in exciting finale". Digital Spy. 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External links Pentatonix Official website Pentatonix YouTube channel Pentatonix Facebook Pentatonix Twitter NBC page on Pentatonix
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