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A cappella sensation: Pentatonix stops at Isleta Amphitheater with Kelly Clarkson

By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM
PUBLISHED: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 12:01 am

A few shows into the current tour, and Kirstie Maldonado is having the time of her life.

“It’s really exciting,” she says during a stop in New Jersey. “We couldn’t have expected what we’re experiencing now on tour.”

Maldonado is part of the a cappella band Pentatonix. The quintet, which is comprised of Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, originated in Arlington, Texas, in 2011.

That same year, Pentatonix won the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” With its victory, the band earned $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.

Maldonado says the band does covers, as well as medleys.

Pentatonix is known for its own arrangement style, tight vocal harmonies, extensive vocal riffing, deep and steady vocal bass lines, and a diverse range of vocal percussion and beatboxing.

Pentatonix has since released three bodies of work, which all bowed high on the Billboard charts.

While the band found success working on cover songs, Maldonado says it is working on original material for its upcoming album.

“The writing is going well,” she says. “It’s a little different for all of us. We’ve worked with different writers. We’ve tried to feel comfortable with everything that we’re taking on. It’s been a little daunting to tackle some original music. But we’re confident in ourselves and it will turn out for the best.”