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From Three To Five: Pentatonix Are Just Getting Started
January 17, 2014 12:08 PM
Ty Bentli

Pentatonix is the all-American a capella group. Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola are the five singers who, together, won the “Sing-Off” on NBC in 2011. When they came to the studio for a sit-down with 92.3 NOW’s Ty Bentli they talked about where they came from and where they’re headed next.

When the group first got together there were only three: Scott, Kirstie and Mitch. The childhood friends first came together for the sole purpose of winning a contest.
“We did it for a radio contest to meet the cast of Glee, that’s why we formed the group, and we ended up not winning that but we put up YouTube videos anyways and they were getting some attention and that’s when we got really into it,” said Hoying.
Clearly, the group didn’t make it as a trio and it wasn’t until the day before their audition for the “Sing-Off” that the group that we know today was finally formed.

“We met the day before, officially as a group, three of us grew up together and we were going to try out as a trio but they suggested we find a bass and a beat boxer so we had a foundation,” said Hoying.

The group is well on their way to the top and Kirstie reflected on some of her favorite memories.

“I like a lot of tour moments when you’re on stage and you see the crowd and what you’re doing and you’re like ‘wow’ and you just have to take it in… I love New York and I’ve always wanted to perform out here. So when I know when we have performed out here it is so successful and it’s amazing to perform somewhere you’ve always dreamed of,” said Maldonado.

As for the group, more performances and more music are to come in 2014.

“A lot of writing, writing for the next album, we’re really excited to make this transition into more original music and that’s the main thing,” said Olusola.