Pentatonix

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Background information
Years active 2011–present
Composition Mixed group
Organization Type Professional
Genre Pop
Website http://www.ptxofficial.com/

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Pentatonix is a professional a cappella group, and the winners of Season Three of The Sing-Off. Members include Avi Kaplan, who sang with Fermata Nowhere.[1]

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[edit] History

Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola 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 Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” or their epic adaptation of Florence and the Machines’ “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.

On Friday 12th May Bass singer, Avi Kaplan announced he was "stepping down" from the group.

[edit] Members

Name Part
Mitch Grassi Tenor
Scott Hoying Baritone
Avi Kaplan Bass
Kirstie Maldonado Soprano
Kevin Olusola Beatboxer

[edit] Discography

[edit] PTX Volume 1 (2012)

"PTX Vol. 1" cover
  1. Starships (Nicki Minaj cover)
  2. The Baddest Girl
  3. Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye cover)
  4. Aha! (Imogen Heap cover)
  5. Show You How to Love
  6. Love You Long Time (Black Eyed Peas cover)

[edit] Bonus Tracks

  1. We Are Young (Fun. cover)

[edit] PTXmas (2012)

"PTXmas" cover
  1. Angels We Have Heard On High
  2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  3. Carol of the Bells
  4. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  5. O' Holy Night
  6. This Christmas

[edit] PTX Volume 2 (2013)

"PTX Vol. 2" cover
  1. Can't Hold Us (Macklemore cover)
  2. Natural Disaster
  3. Love Again
  4. Valentine (Jessie Ware & Sampha cover)
  5. Hey Momma/Hit the Road Jack
  6. I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris cover)
  7. Run to You
  8. Daft Punk

[edit] Bonus Tracks

  1. Save the World/Don't You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia cover)

[edit] PTXmas Deluxe (2013)

"PTXmas" cover
  1. Angels We Have Heard On High
  2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  3. Carol of the Bells
  4. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  5. O' Holy Night
  6. This Christmas
  7. Little Drummer Boy
  8. Go Tell It On The Mountain


[edit] PTX Volume 3 (2014)

  1. Problem
  2. On My Way Home
  3. La La Latch
  4. Rather Be
  5. See Through
  6. Papaoutai
  7. Standing By


[edit] That's Christmas To Me (2014)

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  2. White Winter Hymnal
  3. Sleigh Ride
  4. Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy (feat. Tori Kelly)
  5. That's Christmas To Me
  6. Mary, Did You Know?
  7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  8. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  9. Santa Claus is Coming To Town
  10. Silent Night
  11. Let It Go

[edit] That's Christmas To Me (Deluxe version) (2015)

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  2. White Winter Hymnal
  3. Sleigh Ride
  4. Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy (feat. Tori Kelly)
  5. That's Christmas To Me
  6. Mary, Did You Know?
  7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  8. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  9. Santa Claus is Coming To Town
  10. Silent Night
  11. Let It Go
  12. Joy to the World
  13. Just for Now
  14. The First Noel
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  16. Mary, Did You Know? (feat. The String Mob)

[edit] PENTATONIX (2015)

  1. Na Na Na
  2. Can't Sleep Love
  3. Sing
  4. Misbehavin'
  5. Ref
  6. First Things First
  7. Rose Gold
  8. If I Ever Fall In Love (feat. Jason Derulo)
  9. Cracked
  10. Water
  11. Take Me Home
  12. New Year's Day
  13. Light In the Hallway

[edit] Deluxe Bonus Tracks

  1. Where Are Ü Now
  2. Cheerleader
  3. Lean On (the best one!)
  4. Can't Sleep Love (feat. Tink)

[edit] Target Bonus Tracks

  1. To The River
  2. Problem (Live from On My Way Home)
  3. Aha! (Live from On My Way Home)

[edit] Other Releases

  1. Love Lockdown (2012) (Kanye West cover) (website free download)
  2. Gangnam Style (2012) (Psy cover)
  3. Love, Love, Love (2012) (Scott Alan cover)
  4. Radioactive feat. Lindsey Stirling (2013) (Imagine Dragons cover)

[edit] References

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