cover puts Arlington band on front page of YouTube
By Zack Maxwell
Published: Thu, 03/14/2013
A recent video collaboration
with popular YouTube personality and violinist Lindsey Sterling has
propelled an Arlington-based singing group to the front page of the
world’s number one video sharing site.
Pentatonix, a five-member a cappella group, is featured in a music
video covering the song “Radioactive,” by indie rock band
The group provides backup lyrics and melodies for Sterling, whose
unique blend of violin and modern dance has been featured in many
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Mar. 12, and has already garnered
over 700,000 views. The video is still featured on the home page of
YouTube as of Thursday afternoon.
The unique sound and style of Pentatonix has allowed the band to progress
fast in a typically unforgiving industry. Each band member contributes
his or her own vocal talent and influences, which combined, creates
an “undeniably infectious” harmony.
The up-and-coming quintet has already experienced minor success after
winning Season 3 of the Sing-Off, a singing competition which airs
on NBC. Pentatonix has been featured on Larry King Now, Fox News,
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many other entertainment shows
Several members of Pentatonix are former Arlington residents. The
group’s lead singer, Scott Hoying, 21, graduated from Martin
High School before enrolling in the University of Southern California.
The youngest member of Pentatonix, Mitch Grassi, 20, is also a former
Arlington resident who performed in musical theater.
Pentatonix has their own YouTube channel which features many song
covers of familiar pop tunes. Over 500,000 people subscribe to their
channel, which has received a combined total of 58 million views from
Currently, Pentatonix is touring the country playing in front of sold
out audiences in cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New
York. They will be at Austin’s annual music festival, SXSW,