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Transcript of Pentatonix

Pentatonix: meet the members!
Avriel "Avi" Kaplan is the bass lead and backing vocals of the group. He also adds a bit of percussion at times. He is highly recognized in the a cappella community for his amazing bass ability.
Kevin Olusola is the lead vocal percussion, backing vocals, and plays the cello when it is called for in certain songs.
Kirstin Maldonado is the mezzo-soprano lead and backing vocals of the group. She's also the only female in the group.
Mitch Grassi is the tenor/countertenor lead and backing vocals. A countertenor is a type of male singer whose vocal range is equivalent to a female contralto or mezzo-soprano voice types. He is often referred to as the "secret weapon".
Scott Hoying is the lead baritone and backing vocals of Pentatonix. He is most commonly known to be the lead in most of the songs.
The history and forming of Pentatonix
Pentatonix is an American a Cappella group with five vocalist who use their creative melodies to create covers of existing songs as well as creating their own songs.
Pentatonix began with the original trio of Kristin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying. The trio grew up together and were close friends all trough out high school
The Trio posted many videos of their melodies and covers on YouTube and were soon recognized for their cover of Telephone by Lady Gaga Ft. Beyoncè.
While at college, Scott joined another a cappella group called the SoCal where he learned about The Sing Off from another member. Scott contacted Mitch and Kristin to join together again to compete in a chance to win a recording deal with Sony.
After high school the trio went their separate ways to pursue college education
In their search the trio found Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, a highly recognized vocal bass in the a cappella community, through a mutual friend.
The trio then found Kevin Olusola through his videos on YouTube where in one of his videos he was simultaneously beat boxing and playing the cello at the same time which is commonly know as "celloboxing".
Pentatonix was now eligible to compete in The Sing Off now that they had five members in the group.
Pentatonix was now competely formed in 2011 and came into the public view later that year by winning the third season of
The Sing Off
on NBC.
Their victory on The Sing Off earned them $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. After their contract with Sony expired Pentatonix started working with an independent record label through Madison Gate Records.
While working with Madison Gate Records, Pentatonix recorded 3 full length albums; PTX Vol. 1, 2, and 3; along with two Christmas CD's, PTXMas and That's Christmas To Me.
PTX Vol. 1 was released on June 26th, 2012. It was the first album that Pentatonix produced which included covers of popular pop hits at the time as well as some original songs written by members of the group.
The Charts
US Billboard 200 Spot 14

US Digital Albums Spot 5

US Independent Spot 2
Albums Billboard
Song: Original artist:

1. Starships Nicki Minaj

2. The Baddest Girl Pentatonix

3. Somebody That I Gotye Ft. Kimbra
Used To Know

4. Aha! Imogen Heap

5. Show You How Pentatonix
To Love

6. Love You Long Jazmine Sullivan

7. We Are Young Fun Ft. Janelle Monáe
Song list of PTX Vol. 1
In 2013, Pentatonix released their second album, PTX Vol. 2 on November 12. Following in the footsteps of the first album this one also included covers of popular pop hits at the time as well as original Pentatonix songs. This album also included mash-up melodies of popular songs that Pentatonix put together.
Belgian Albums (Flanders) 114

Belgian Albums (Wallonia) 113

French Albums (SNEP) 154

US Billboard 200 10

US Digital Albums 2

US Independent 1
Album Billboard
The Charts

1. Can't Hold Us Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
2. Natural Disaster Pentatonix
3. Love Again Pentatonix
4. Valentine Jessie Ware and Sampha
5. Hey Momma/ Hit
The Road Jack melody Pentatonix (Percy Mayfield; mash-up respectively)
6. I need Your Love Calvin Harris
7. Run To You Pentatonix
8. Daft Punk Daft Punk
9. Save The World/Don't Pentatonix (Swedish House You Worry Child Mafia; respectively)

Song List Of PTX VOl. 2
PTX Vol. 3 was released on September 23, 2014. The album was released in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S. The album contains four covers as well as three original songs and featured violin sensation Lindsey Stirling on the cover of Papaoutai.
Australian Albums 19
Canadian Albums Billboard 8
Danish Albums 21
Finnish Albums 47
Italian Albums 89
New Zealand Albums 19
US Billboard 200 5
US Digital Albums 3

Peak Position

1. Problem Ariana Grande ft. Iggy
2. On My Way Home Pentatonix
3. La La Latch Disclosure and Sam Smith
4. Rather Be Clean Bandit ft.
Jess Glynne
5. See Through Pentatonix
6. Papaoutai Stromae Ft. Lindsey
7. Standing By Pentatonix
Song List Of PTX Vol.3
PTXmas and That's Christmas To Me where the two Christmas that PTX also released which were filled with the classics of Christmas songs such as Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Winter Wonderland and many others.
Grammy Awards; 2015
Best arrangement, Instrumental, or a cappella
Awarded for their cover of Daft Punk

Streamy Awards; 2014: Best cover
Awarded for their cover of Daft Punk

YouTube Music Awards; 2013: Response of the Year
Awarded for their cover of Radioactive
ft. Lindsey Striling

YouTube Music Awards; 2015: Artist of the Year
Awarded for work done by Pentatonix as a whole

Shorty Awards; 2015: Best YouTube Musician
Awarded for work done by Pentatonix as a whole
Streamy Awards; 2014: Best Original Song
Nominated for their original song Love Again

Streamy Awards; 2014: Best Musical Artist
Nominated for Work done by Pentatonix

After The Sing Off, Penatatonix formed their popular YouTube channel and mulitlpe social media accounts to interact with their fan base.
They have more than 7.8 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 880 million cumulative views. Their YouTube channel is currently the 12th most subscribed to music channel and the 42nd most subscribed overall.
Mitch and Scott also formed their own comedic YouTube channel called SuperFruit were they do cover of songs, give song suggestions and just act goofy
Avi Kaplan
Kevin Olusola
Kirstin Maldonado
Mitch Grassi
Scott Hoying
Coming Up Events
Pentatonix is finishing up their 2015 On My Way Home tour.

They are also going to be in the Pitch Perfect 2 movie coming out on May 15, 2015.

They're also have started recording for their next album.
While on the Sing Off, Pentatonix captured the hearts of their fans through their creative mash-ups and risky melodies.
Songs Pentatonix Performed on the Sing Off
Song Choice
Original Artist
Signature Songs

Current Hits

1960's Favorites

Guilty Pleasures

Hip Hop

Superstar Medleys

Rock Classics

Country Hits


Mastermix Medleys

Judges' Choice

1st Performance

2nd Performance

Victory Song

Your Love Is My Drug

Piece of My Heart

Video Killed The Radio Star

Love Lockdown

Oops!...I Did It Again, Toxic,
Hold It Against Me

Born To Be Wild

Stuck Like Glue

Let's Get It On

Forget You/Since You've Been Gone

Dog Days Are Over

Without You

Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)

Eye Of The Tiger

Katy Perry


Erma Franklin

The Buggles

Kanye West

Britney Spears



Usher Ft. Will.I.Am
Marvin Gaye

Cee Lo Green/ Kelly Clarkson (Respectfully)

Florence and the Machine

David Guetta Ft. Usher

98 Degrees

Unfortunately the trio didn't have enough members to compete in The Sing Off. The rules stated that there needs to be at least four members in a group to be qualified to compete.
Song Original Artist
Song Original Artist
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