The band was formed in 2011 for the purpose of participating in NBC’s The Sing-Off. Scott Hoying heard about the competition and asked his childhood friends, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi to join him on this venture. The competition required a minimum of four members to compete. Hence, the trio of Scott, Kristie and Mitch set along to find other members who would add depth to the group and make it more dynamic. They heard about the reputation of Avi Kaplan as an extremely talented vocal bassist and added him to their group. They scourged the net to find their fifth members and found out about Kevin Olusola through his YouTube video, “Julie-O”. The cello-boxing by Olusola in the video prompted the trio to recruit him as their fifth member.
Although their lineup was complete, the musicians still hadn’t performed together twenty four hours prior to The Sing-Off competition. They named themselves Pentatonix, a name based on the most widely recognized five note music scale, Pentatonic. In order to make the name sound more appealing, they changed the last letter to ‘x’.
Pentatonix started working as a group and began perfecting their sound as the competition proceeded. A strong chemistry developed between the musicians and the quintet came up with their trademark style of singing. Using the strengths of each member to the fullest, Pentatonix became a very dynamic group, which managed to exceed the wildest expectation of the judges.
They have tried their hand at jazz, r&b folk and pop music, always managing to provide a wide range of sounds to their music. Grassi, Maldonadoand and Hoying bring their power house vocals to the group, giving their songs a distinct flair. They have produced some amazing harmonies with the group. After the competition, they signed with Madison Gate Records and have released two extended play albums. The first one was named “PTX Vol. 1” while the second was called “PTXmas”. Both these managed to secure a place in the Billboard’s Top 200.
Pentatonix has maintained a regular television presence as well, appearing on some of the most popular shows. They have performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Talk, Ellen and The Katie Couric Show. They have managed to bring in more than one hundred and fifty five million views on their YouTube channel. Pentatonix collaborated with Lindsey Stirling to cover the song “Radioactive”, originally sung by Imagine Dragons. This video got the award for the “Best Response Video” at the YouTube Music Awards held in November 2013. Their page on Facebook has more than half a million fans.
Pentatonix came up with their latest album in November 2013. Titled “PTX Vol. 2” it managed to reach the tenth position of the U.S Billboard 200. Don’t miss their animated performance when they come to Los Angeles and get your Pentatonix tickets booked right away.