History Music / Pentatonix

14th Feb '18 4:27:08 PM slvstrChung
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Pentatonix, aka "PTX," are an ACappella singing group consisting of Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola. Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch grew up together in Arlington, Texas. They recorded a Website/YouTube cover of [[Music/LadyGaga "Telephone"]] in an attempt to win a "meet the cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}''" contest. They didn't win, but when Scott learned about ''Series/TheSingOff'', they were inspired to audition. With advice from ''Sing-Off'' staff member and Scott's college friend Ben Bram, they added Avi, the bass singer, and invited Kevin to join them on vocal percussion after seeing his viral "cello-beatboxing" video on [=YouTube=]. Together, the group produces a unique, full, complex and layered sound, with Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch forming the melodic and harmonic core and Avi and Kevin laying down a remarkably solid base.

Pentatonix won the third season of ''The Sing-Off'', and have released four [=EPs=] and two studio albums thus far, while regularly releasing [=YouTube=] videos of their music. They have had multiple viral videos, most notably "Evolution of Music/{{Beyonce}}" and a Music/DaftPunk medley which reached 100 million views in November 2014 (one year after it was posted). Both videos received wide media attention as well. Pentatonix has headlined multiple US and European tours and one Australasian tour, and opened for Music/KellyClarkson's ''Piece by Piece'' tour. They've performed pop, electronic, dubstep, R&B, and hip-hop music in their signature ACappella style. They're the first ''Sing-Off'' alums to have an album go platinum (''That's Christmas to Me'') and also the first to win a Grammy (for "Daft Punk"), and the first a cappella group to have a No. 1 album in the United States.

In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], Scott and Mitch together through their [[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration, and Kevin via his [[https://www.youtube.com/user/kolusola/videos pre-existing solo act]]. PTX nonetheless sold tickets for a Holiday 2017 tour, and later announced that Matthew Sallee, a member of fellow ACappella group [[https://www.housejacks.com The House Jacks]], will join them for the duration, but have not disclosed their plans for permanently filling the empty slot in their lineup.

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Pentatonix, aka "PTX," are an ACappella singing group consisting of group.

Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola. Scott, Kirstie, Maldonado and Mitch Grassi grew up together in Arlington, Texas. Texas and sang in choirs together. They recorded a Website/YouTube cover [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev0SZgNC21E cover]] of [[Music/LadyGaga "Telephone"]] in an attempt to win a "meet the cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}''" contest. They didn't win, but when Scott learned about ''Series/TheSingOff'', they were inspired to audition. With advice from ''Sing-Off'' staff member and Scott's college friend Ben Bram, they added Avi, Avi Kaplan, the bass singer, and invited Kevin "K.O." Olusola to join them on vocal percussion after seeing his viral "cello-beatboxing" video on [=YouTube=]. Together, the group produces a unique, full, complex and layered sound, with Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch forming the melodic and harmonic core and Avi and Kevin laying down a remarkably solid base.

Pentatonix
They won the show's third season of ''The Sing-Off'', and season.

PTX
have released four [=EPs=] and two studio albums thus far, while regularly releasing [=YouTube=] videos of their music. They have had multiple viral videos, most notably "Evolution of Music/{{Beyonce}}" and a Music/DaftPunk medley which reached 100 million views in November 2014 (one year after it was posted). Both videos received wide media attention as well. Pentatonix has headlined multiple US and European tours and one Australasian tour, and opened for Music/KellyClarkson's ''Piece by Piece'' tour. They've performed pop, electronic, dubstep, R&B, and hip-hop music in their signature ACappella style. They're the first ''Sing-Off'' alums to have an album go platinum (''That's Christmas to Me'') and also the first to win a Grammy (for "Daft Punk"), and the first a cappella ''a cappella'' group to have a No. 1 album in the United States.

In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], Scott and Mitch together through their [[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration, and Kevin via his [[https://www.youtube.com/user/kolusola/videos pre-existing solo act]]. PTX nonetheless sold tickets for a Holiday 2017 tour, and later announced that Matthew Sallee, a member of fellow ACappella group [[https://www.housejacks.com The House Jacks]], will would join them for the duration, but duration. This was apparently an extended audition, as they officially inducted him as a replacement bass in February 2018 and have not disclosed their plans for permanently filling the empty slot announced new tour plans, presumably after Kirstie finishes her Broadway run in their lineup.
''Theatre/KinkyBoots'' in April.




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* (Not pictured) Matthew Sallee - born February 11, 1994
25th Jan '18 2:05:04 PM slvstrChung
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** And Kevin is a high tenor on the occasions when he sings. He and Mitch often noodle around very close harmony, occupying basically the exact same ranges in "Run To You" and "Can't Help Falling In Love". When he flips into falsetto, such as in "Imagine," he actually has the highest notes, even farther up than Kirstie goes.

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** And Kevin is a high tenor on the occasions when he sings. He and Mitch often noodle around very close harmony, occupying basically the exact same ranges in "Run To You" and "Can't Help Falling In Love". (This also speaks well of his skills as a musician, as he often has the hardest notes, either because they clash with Mitch on purpose or because they're smack-dab in the middle and surrounded by a whole bunch of other stuff.) When he flips into falsetto, such as in "Imagine," he actually has the highest notes, notes in the song, even farther up than Kirstie goes.
6th Dec '17 6:30:25 PM TheRoxinator
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** The video for "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is also rather dark and eerie, if toned down compared to "Aha."
18th Oct '17 11:17:56 AM slvstrChung
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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], Scott and Mitch together through their [[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration, and Kevin via his [[https://www.youtube.com/user/kolusola/videos pre-existing solo act]]. PTX have already begun selling tickets for a Fall 2017 tour, so they clearly have no intention of breaking up, but have not disclosed their plans for getting around the empty slot in their lineup.

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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], Scott and Mitch together through their [[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration, and Kevin via his [[https://www.youtube.com/user/kolusola/videos pre-existing solo act]]. PTX have already begun selling nonetheless sold tickets for a Fall Holiday 2017 tour, so they clearly have no intention and later announced that Matthew Sallee, a member of breaking up, fellow ACappella group [[https://www.housejacks.com The House Jacks]], will join them for the duration, but have not disclosed their plans for getting around permanently filling the empty slot in their lineup.
5th Oct '17 2:29:10 PM slvstrChung
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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], and Scott and Mitch together under their pre-existing [[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration. (Kevin, ironically the one person with a pre-existing solo act, has not announced any new content, though he has guest-performed on at least one Sequoias song.)

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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], and Scott and Mitch together under through their pre-existing [[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration. (Kevin, ironically the one person with a collaboration, and Kevin via his [[https://www.youtube.com/user/kolusola/videos pre-existing solo act, has act]]. PTX have already begun selling tickets for a Fall 2017 tour, so they clearly have no intention of breaking up, but have not announced any new content, though he has guest-performed on at least one Sequoias song.)
disclosed their plans for getting around the empty slot in their lineup.
20th Aug '17 10:37:48 AM AlexandraSB
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* VocalTagTeam: Scott takes lead most often, but Kirstie and Mitch carry several songs apiece, and Mitch usually does the rapping when it's needed. Even Avi gets into the mix on several of their tunes, especially on some of their recent original songs.

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* VocalTagTeam: Scott takes lead most often, but Kirstie and Mitch carry several songs apiece, and Mitch usually does the rapping when it's needed. Even Avi has sung lead on a few songs, and even Kevin gets into in the mix on several of their tunes, with the odd solo here and there, especially on in some of their the more recent original songs. covers.
13th Jul '17 6:21:20 PM slvstrChung
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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], and Scott and Mitch together under their pre-existing [[www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration. (Kevin, ironically the one person with a pre-existing solo act, has not announced any new content, though he has guest-performed on at least one Sequoias song.)

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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of the group. PTX as a whole took the opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and the Sequoias]], and Scott and Mitch together under their pre-existing [[www.[[https://www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration. (Kevin, ironically the one person with a pre-existing solo act, has not announced any new content, though he has guest-performed on at least one Sequoias song.)
13th Jul '17 6:21:00 PM slvstrChung
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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of being part of the group. He will step down after the group's 2017 summer tour.

All, however, are working on solo projects. The first one to come to light is Avi, who is now part of Avriel and the Sequoias, with the first song being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a-IsmrwyaQ "Fields and Pier"]] with Kevin playing as a guest on strings.

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In May 2017, [[https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix/videos/1383192448425088/ Avi announced his departure from Pentatonix]], stating that he couldn't keep up with the fast pace of being part of the group. He will step down after PTX as a whole took the group's 2017 summer tour.

All, however, are working on
opportunity to begin premiering various solo projects. The first one to come to light is Avi, who is now part of Avriel and the Sequoias, with the first song being projects (typically involving actual instruments): Kirstie as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a-IsmrwyaQ "Fields com/channel/UC6nJcoe15N6nL_DmUisfHOA/videos kirstin]], Avi as the frontman of [[https://www.youtube.com/user/AviKaplanMusic Avriel and Pier"]] the Sequoias]], and Scott and Mitch together under their pre-existing [[www.youtube.com/user/sup3rfruit SUPERFRUIT]] collaboration. (Kevin, ironically the one person with Kevin playing as a guest pre-existing solo act, has not announced any new content, though he has guest-performed on strings.
at least one Sequoias song.)
2nd Jul '17 8:41:06 AM rinebrook
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** Though he's since shaved it, Mitch's high voice created quite a contrast with his beard.
28th May '17 11:08:30 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Avi, Kirstin, Scott, Mitch and Kevin.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: [[caption-width-right:350:L - R: Avi, Kirstin, Scott, Mitch and Kevin.]]






* {{Adorkable}}: All of them, especially when they're geeking out about one of their interests. (For example, Scott talking about Music/{{Beyonce}} or Mitch talking about corgis.)

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* {{Adorkable}}: All of them, especially when they're geeking out about one of their interests. (For example, interests, such as Scott talking about Music/{{Beyonce}} or Mitch talking about corgis.)



* AWildRapperAppears: In the single version of Can't Sleep Love, Tink jumps into the bridge of the song to rap for a couple of seconds, before disappearing again.

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* AWildRapperAppears: In the single version of Can't "Can't Sleep Love, Love", Tink jumps into the bridge of the song to rap for a couple of seconds, before disappearing again.



* TheCameo: All five of them appear very briefly in [[Film/PitchPerfect Pitch Perfect 2]], though they don't actually sing. They ''do'' sing in their cameo in Series/KCUndercover.

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* TheCameo: All five of them appear very briefly in [[Film/PitchPerfect ''[[Film/PitchPerfect Pitch Perfect 2]], 2]]'', though they don't actually sing. They ''do'' sing in their cameo in Series/KCUndercover.''Series/KCUndercover''.


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