03 April 2012

Pentatonix


(Left to right: Kevin Olusola, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Avi Kaplan)

I was introduced to the five member a cappella group known as Pentatonix on the television singing competition, The Sing-Off. The beauty behind the show is that it focuses on true vocal and musical artistry and judged by artists, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, who not only know their craft but are themselves masters of it as well.

The singers arrange the harmonies and melodies to their style and, as Sara Bareilles says, uses their God-given talents to create a sound all their own. Pentatonix, with only five members, creates a dynamic sound that's more than astounding - it's magical.


The Viacom Conference in New York City, New York

The group had its start with Scott, Mitch, and Kirstie at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas where they submitted their rendition of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" to a local radio station for a chance to meet the cast of Glee. Although they did not win the competition, it got a lot of attention around their school so they set up a YouTube account and gathered an even larger following. Upon hearing about The Sing-Off they decided to add Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola to the group, creating Pentatonix.


They started off season three with their signature song, E.T. by Katy Perry, blowing it off the water and becoming instant favorites. It was with this first song that they highlighted each others talents - each vocalist having to really own their parts and solos, a stellar bass, and killer beatboxer.


The ninth episode showed a different side of the group as they performed the R&B hit "Let's Get it On" to rave reviews from the judges and pants dropping all around the world. Just try to resist that charm, those voices, that bass!


The final performance before the finales was a song chosen by the judges. "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine showed not only their versatility but that they're also a force with which to be contended. They nailed the song, its arrangement, and the buildup to Mitch's solo was simply stunning.


After winning the show Pentatonix began working on their album and are now on tour around the States. Their cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" continues to impress. I can't wait to see what they have in store for the future!

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