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Mitch Grassi

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Anna Neal

on 5 January 2015

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Mitch Grassi
The Sing-off
During Grassi's senior year of high school he received a call from Hoying, asking if he wanted to audition for the fourth season of the NBC program, The Sing-Off, with him and Maldonado. He agreed, though the three were in completely different places, Hoying was at University of Southern California, Maldonado was at University of Oklahoma and Grassi was, of course still in Texas. Scott realized later that they needed five members so they looked for a bass and beatboxer to add more structure to their sound. They found Avi Kaplan, a well known bass in the a capella community, through a mutual friend and Kevin Olusola, an outstanding beatboxer, from a youtube video where he played cello and beatboxed simultaneously. They all came together the day before auditions for the sing off, and Pentatonix was born.

The name "Pentatonix" comes from the musical term a "Pentatonic scale" which is a five-note scale is formed by the black notes of the keyboard, or the white notes C, D, E, G and A - two whole tones, a minor third and a whole tone. They were originally going to call themselves "The Pentatonic" but decided it would fit the group more to drop the word "the" and use an "x" instead of "cs"

After the sing-off
Grassi's began winning singing competitions as a sophmore in highschool when he received first place at the "Teen Talent Follies" competition with his solo "kiss the air" and second for the group number he was in with Kirstie Maldonado and Conner Lidell "Johnny cant decide". He was accepted into the University of Oklahoma, but never attended because of PTX competing on the sing-off. Pentatonix's modern mix of pop and EDM a capella caused them to connect with many different types a people and gave them a huge fan base, self-labeled Pentaholics. This, their lack of any bad critiques from the judges, and there obviously undeniable talent, individuality, and modern techniques caused them to win the sing-off, and a $200,000 recording contract with Sony records.
Mitchell Coby Grassi was born in Arlington, Texas, on July 24th, 1992. Grassi grew up with his parents, Mike and Nell Grassi, and his older sister. Throughout his youth, Grassi spent his time doing musical theatre, beginning at the age of nine, here he met his best friend, Scott Hoying, when they were in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, he also did many years of choir as a tenor, as well as beginning to produce his own music by the time he was fourteen. Being a self proclaimed "choir nerd" during high school Grassi formed a trio with Scott Hoying, a baritone, and Kirstin Maldonado, an alto he'd known since he was eight, that tried to win a radio competition to meet the cast of the popular television show, Glee. Although they didn't end up winning this competition the trio's videos ended up getting a lot of attention so they decided to continue the group.
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Who is Mitch Grassi?
Mitch is a tenor in the popular a Capella group Pentatonix. Known for his amazing range, he can sing from an A2 in chest voice to B7 in whistle notes. He is half italian(on his dads side), and the other half is a mixture of many european races.
After the sing-off Pentatonix was afraid that they would loose fans so, they made a youtube channel (PTXOfficial) they now have 6,336,605 subscribers, surpassing stars such as Beyonce, Lorde and Ariana Grande. They have posted 46 videos and have gotten up to 94,203,560 views on a video. On average each of their videos get 15,220,874.35 views. Mitch and Scott also have a channel called Sup3rFruit, where they do tags and challenges. On that channel they have 829,753 subscribers and post a new video every Tuesday.
Pentatonix has gotten a lot of attention and positive feed back, from artists such as Gotye, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Adam Levine, Nicki Minaj, and many others. They have collaborated with artists such as Lindsay Sterling, Tori Kelly, Todrick Hall, and Natalie Weiss. They’ve toured Europe, Asia, and North America. They have released 4 Ep's PTX volume one, two, and three, and PTXmas, they also have another Christmas Album "That’s Christmas To Me" which is avalible for preorder, and will be released October 21st. On their albums, they usually have a mix of originals and covers, both equally as amazing and innovative.
Pentatonix has influenced the music world by changing the way you look at a capella forever, its no longer only seen as choral, or barbershop. Along with defeating that stigma, Pentatonix has brought a capella to the mainstream, when PTX volume 3 first came out it ranked number 1on the pop charts. On billboard top 200, they were number 5, and on billboard digital downloads, number 3. They are even going to be in Pitch Perfect 2 this year.
Mitch's personal influence however is a bit different, Mitch is one of the two homosexual members in the group. This makes him a huge advocate for gay rights. During the sing off the charity they choose was the Trevor project. The Trevor Project is 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. This caused controversy, not because of MItch and Scott, but because The Sing Off purposely cut any scenes mentioning either the intended group for the trevor project or the sexual orientation of the members. Mitch is open out his sexuality (as is Scott) and teaches others that its okay to be yourself
Mitch's Personal Influence
Pentatonix's Influence
Positive Feedback
Background Info
Bleep Magazine (Print)
Hollywire Interview PTX interview (web)
Yahoo Interview PTX (web)
PTX official website (web)
PTX Clevver music interview (web)
PTX Livestream (Web)
PTX Scoopla Interview (Web)
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