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Popular 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 Imagine Dragons.

The group provides backup lyrics and melodies for Sterling, whose unique blend of violin and modern dance has been featured in many music videos.

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 and publications.

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 its videos.

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, through Sunday.