Pentatonix (often abbreviated as PTX) is an American a cappella group consisting of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas. Their work, which is mostly in the pop style, consists of covers of existing songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with some original material. Their music is defined by their own arrangement style, a strong presence of low bass vocals, and a diverse range of vocal percussion.
Pentatonix formed in 2011 and came to prominence the same year by winning the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC, their victory earning them $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. After being dropped from their label (Epic Records) after The Sing-Off, they formed their popular YouTube channel and distributed their music through Madison Gate Records, a small independent label owned by Sony Pictures that distributes movie soundtracks. They also made effective use of social media to interact with their fan base. Having now eclipsed 8 million subscribers and more than 1 billion cumulative views, the PTXofficial YouTube page is currently the 14th most subscribed-to music channel and the 51st most subscribed channel overall, while two members, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, also have their own comedic YouTube web show, Superfruit, with over 1.4 million subscribers and over 132 million views. Pentatonix's music video tribute to Daft Punk recently surpassed 145 million views.
Their debut EP PTX, Volume 1 was released in 2012, followed by PTXmas the same year, with their third release, PTX, Vol. II, debuting at number 1 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart and number 10 on the Billboard 200 in 2013. In May 2014, Pentatonix signed with RCA Records, a "flagship" label of Sony Music Entertainment. In the same year, the group released their fourth EP, PTX, Vol. III, and two full-length studio albums, PTX, Vols. 1 & 2 (a compilation album released in Japan, Korea and Australia) and their second holiday release, That's Christmas to Me. That's Christmas to Me was certified gold (500 000 sales) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and platinum (1 000 000 sales) on December 24, 2014, becoming the highest-charting holiday album by a group since 1962, and the fourth best selling album in the United States in 2014.
Pentatonix, together with music producer Ben Bram, won Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for "Daft Punk" at the 57th Grammy Awards. Pentatonix also released a documentary on June 18, 2015 called "Pentatonix - On My Way Home." The documentary included clips from their "On My Way Home Tour" in 2015.
- 1 Career
- 2 Other media
- 3 Awards and nominations
- 4 Philanthropy
- 5 Discography
- 6 Members
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Background and formation
Pentatonix began with three friends who grew up together and were schoolmates at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas: Kirstin "Kirstie" Maldonado (born May 16, 1992), Mitch Grassi (born July 24, 1992), and Scott Hoying (born September 17, 1991). 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" by Lady Gaga gained attention on YouTube, they continued performing.
Hoying and Maldonado both graduated from Martin High School in 2010, Grassi in 2011. Hoying went off to the University of Southern California (USC) to pursue a bachelor's degree in Popular Music, while Maldonado pursued a Musical Theater major at the University of Oklahoma. 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 (born April 17, 1989), a highly recognized vocal bass in the a cappella community, through a mutual friend. Then the trio found Kevin Olusola (born October 5, 1988) on YouTube, where one of his videos in which he was simultaneously beatboxing and playing the cello (called "celloboxing") had gone viral. Kevin was born in Pasadena, California and graduated pre-med from Yale University. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese after spending a year studying in China.
The group met the day before the auditions for the third season of The Sing-Off began. They successfully auditioned for the show and eventually went on to win the title for 2011 (season three).
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, hip hop, and classical music.
The Sing-Off (2011)
Pentatonix performed the following songs on The Sing Off. They did not perform in Episode 1 or 3.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist|
|2||Signature Songs||"E.T."||Katy Perry|
|4||Current Hits||"Your Love Is My Drug"||Ke$ha|
|1960s Favorites||"Piece of My Heart"||Erma Franklin (credited to Janis Joplin)|
|5||Guilty Pleasures||"Video Killed the Radio Star"||The Buggles|
|6||Hip-Hop||"Love Lockdown"||Kanye West|
|7||Superstar Medleys||Medley of "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Toxic" and "Hold It Against Me"||Britney Spears|
|8||Rock classics||"Born to be Wild"||Steppenwolf|
|Country hits||"Stuck Like Glue"||Sugarland|
|9||R&B||"OMG"||Usher (featuring will.i.am)|
|"Let's Get It On"||Marvin Gaye|
|10||Mastermix Medleys||"Forget You" / "Since U Been Gone"||Cee Lo Green / Kelly Clarkson|
|Judges' Choice||"Dog Days Are Over"||Florence and the Machine|
|11 (Finale)||First performance||"Without You"||David Guetta (feat. Usher)|
|Second performance||"Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)"||98 Degrees (sung with host Nick Lachey)|
|Victory song||"Eye of the Tiger"||Survivor|
PTX Vol. 1 and PTXMas (2011–13)
Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado dropped out of college in the hopes of winning The Sing-Off, while Mitch Grassi skipped his high school graduation to audition for the show. 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, having signed with Sony Pictures-owned label Madison Gate Records, the group began working on their first album with producer Ben Bram. During that six-month period of picking covers and writing originals, Pentatonix released covers of both popular and classic songs on YouTube. In interviews, the members mention that it was a way to stay relevant to their audience that enjoyed their work on "The Sing-Off", in addition to gain new fans. Almost all 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 first EP, PTX, Volume 1, was released on June 26, 2012, charting at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 chart and number 5 on the 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. Opening acts consisted of Alexander Cardinale and SJ Acoustic Music.
The group released their Christmas EP, PTXmas, on November 13, 2012. They released their video of an original arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" the following day. They performed on "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 American Music Awards" Pre-Show on November 18, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and 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. Ryan Seacrest's website named Pentatonix the 2012 "Featured Artist of the Year" for their expansive growth online in just one year. The Christmas album was re-released on November 19, 2013 as a deluxe edition containing two additional tracks. One of these, "Little Drummer Boy" charted in several Billboard categories including peaking at number two on the "Streaming Songs" chart and number one on the Holiday 100 chart, receiving a number of Billboard awards. PTXmas reappeared on the Billboard charts again in November 2014, placing No. 24 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the Holiday charts, giving Pentatonix three albums on the Billboard 200 at the same time. On Billboard 's 2014 Year-End charts, PTXmas was No. 8 on the Catalogue Albums chart  and No. 119 on the Top Billboard 200 Albums chart, with Pentatonix ranked as No. 46 on the Top Billboard 200 Artists chart. As of December 24, 2014, PTXmas has sold 356,000 copies.
PTX Vol. II (2013–14)
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, PTX, Vol. II. They released the first single, a cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Can't Hold Us" on August 20, 2013 which to date has over 35 million views. The group also promoted PTX, Vol. II on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013, after the success of "The Evolution of Beyoncé" mashup on YouTube. That week, the band was featured on "Around the World with Diane Sawyer" and were named "Persons of the Week".
The album was released on November 5, 2013 in conjunction with their second album single on YouTube: a medley of Daft Punk songs. The video went viral, garnering more than ten million views in the first week, and as of November 2014, has 100 million views. The medley was later nominated for and won Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella of the 57th Grammy Awards. PTX, Vol. II debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Independent charts, selling 31,000 copies in the first week. Pentatonix subsequently re-released a deluxe version of PTXmas on November 18, 2013 with two new tracks, "Little Drummer Boy" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Their YouTube video of "Little Drummer Boy", released near the end of November, garnered more than ten million views in the first week and reached number ten on the iTunes top songs charts worldwide. The song both debuted and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 21, 2013. The video has over 40 million views as of November  2014.
In May 2014, Pentatonix signed with RCA Records, a "flagship" label of Sony Music Entertainment. On July 30, through the new label, the group released their first official album PTX, Vols. 1 & 2 in Japan, containing all of the songs from their two namesake EPs and four additional tracks, previously released as singles. It was released in Australia on August 15 and in the Philippines on September 26.
PTX Vol. III and That's Christmas to Me (2014–present)
On August 7, 2014, Pentatonix announced that their third EP PTX, Vol. III would be released on September 23, 2014. The EP went up for pre-order on iTunes on August 11, 2014 and included a download of two tracks from the EP, "Problem" and "La La Latch". PTX Vol. III debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200.
The group also revealed on August 7 that they would release their second full-length Christmas album, That's Christmas to Me, titled after the title track of the album, an original song that was penned by Pentatonix themselves. The album was released on October 21, 2014 and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, and number 4 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. A single from the album, the group's cover of "Mary, Did You Know?", both debuted and peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 26, at number 7 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart, and at number 44 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart. Another single "That's Christmas To Me", the title track from the album, also peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Pentatonix is also the first act to top both the Holiday Albums and Holiday Songs charts simultaneously since the Holiday 100 launched as a multi-metric tabulation in December 2011. The album is also the highest charting Holiday album by a group since 1962.
During the holiday season, 7 songs from That's Christmas to Me charted on Billboard 's Holiday Digital Songs chart. On December 10, 2014 That's Christmas to Me was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. On December 24, 2014 the album was certified Platinum. By year's end (December 31, 2014), Billboard reported the album had reached a total of 1.14 million copies sold — becoming the 4th best selling album of 2014 by any artist of any genre (being surpassed only by Taylor Swift's 1989, the Frozen Soundtrack, and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour) and was the Top Selling Holiday Album for 2014.
According to Scott Hoying, for 2015, "Pentatonix is transitioning towards original music." A full-length album of original material will be coming out. Hoying also stated, "We're at the point in our careers now [where] we must go to original music, and we want to go to original music; we have so much to say, and I think it's gonna be quite a journey."
Along with their own albums, the band has also collaborated with other artists. In March 2013, Pentatonix and violinist Lindsey Stirling released their cover of the Imagine Dragons song "Radioactive", and won for Response of the Year at the YouTube Music Awards. In July of the same year, along with American Idol contestant and fellow Arlington Texan Todrick Hall, they released "The Wizard of Ahhhs", which mashes up several songs to create one song. The music video follows the story of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz with the artists dressed as its numerous lead roles. They have also since collaborated with recording artist Tori Kelly in a Christmas mash-up of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Winter Wonderland".
Pentatonix embarked on their first national headlining tour in autumn of 2012. The tour was sold out and spanned 30 cities. Openings acts consisted of Alexander Cardinale and SJ Acoustic Music. 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, PTX, Vol. II.
In 2014, Pentatonix undertook an extensive tour that included the United States, Canada, Europe and South East Asia.
In 2015, Pentatonix undertook the North American leg of their "On My Way Home" tour, which began February 25, 2015, in California and ended at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre on March 29. They started a European tour in Portugal on 9 April. This European leg ended in Glasgow on 6 May. The Southeast Asian leg of the tour was began in Seoul, South Korea on May 28. The last show of this leg was on Jun 16 in Osaka, Japan.
Pentatonix appeared and performed on The Today Show, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Talk and Conan. They also returned to The Sing-Off, performing their cover version of Ellie Goulding's "I Need Your Love" during the Season 4 finale episode, which aired on December 23, 2013.
In November 2014, Pentatonix were invited by Baz Luhrmann (director, producer and writer) to be involved with the Holiday Window display at Barneys in New York City. Each window had a theme such as "love," "beauty," "truth" and "freedom" with its own soundtrack, recorded by Pentatonix. Pentatonix also performed at the opening night, as well as the "after party" for invited guests.
On December 7, 2014 Pentatonix appeared in The Kennedy Center Honors award presentation, as part of a presentation to actor Tom Hanks, singing the song "That Thing You Do", from Hanks' film of the same name. The show was broadcast on CBS on December 30, 2014.
On December 31, 2014 Pentatonix appeared as part of ABC Television Network's Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015, performing from the Billboard Hollywood party hosted by Fergie.
In December 2014, Pentatonix were invited to perform on the final episode of Wetten, dass..?, a longstanding entertainment show in Germany, performing a medley of songs from artists that have been on the program over the years.
Appearances and presentations
Pentatonix were presenters at the 2014 American Music Awards, introducing a performance by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. They were also part of the "YouTube Rewind 2014" video, as one of the most subscribed YouTube music channels.
Pentatonix was on the Disney Channel show, K.C. Undercover on June 14, 2015.
Pentatonix had a cameo role in Pitch Perfect 2, released in May 2015, as the Canadian team competing against the Barden Bellas. Pentatonix also released a documentary about their journey titled "On My Way Home" (based off their original song of the same name from PTX, Vol. III and their 2015 tour) on June 18, 2015, which was promoted on social media through the hashtag #OnMyWayHomeProject.
Awards and nominations
|2015||Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella||Ben Bram, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola for "Daft Punk"||Won|||
|2014||Best Cover Song||"Daft Punk"||Won|||
|Best Original Song||"Love Again"||Nominated|||
|Best Musical Artist||Pentatonix||Nominated|||
|2013||Response of the Year||"Radioactive" (with Lindsey Stirling)||Won|||
|2015||Artist of the Year||Pentatonix||Won|||
|2015||Best YouTube Musician||Pentatonix||Won|||
|2015||Top Billboard 200 Album||"That's Christmas to Me"||Nominated|||
|2015||Top Billboard 200 Artist||Pentatonix||Nominated|||
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 Public service announcement. 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 a part of the LGBTQ community.
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, The Dartmouth Aires, North Shore and the Dear Abbeys from Boston University) in an effort to raise funds for the Mass General Cancer Center.
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- Kirstie Maldonado - mezzo-soprano lead and backing vocals
- Avi Kaplan - bass lead, baritone, and backing vocals
- Kevin Olusola - vocal percussion, beatboxing, tenor lead, backing vocals, cello
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