April 27 • Bogart's
By Deirdre Kaye · April 23rd, 2013 · Sound Advice
Forget “love at first sight.” A cappella group Pentatonix
had harmony at first sight.
The group began when three friends from Texas spontaneously teamed
up for a competition to meet the cast of Glee. Kirstie Maldonado,
Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying didn’t win that competition, though.
Further down the road, while Mitch was still a senior in high school
and Kirstie and Scott were away at separate colleges, someone told
them about a little show called The Sing Off, with Nick Lachey and
Ben Folds. Just one problem: They needed five members.
However, with a little luck and a bit of Googling, they had their
team filled out.
Avi Kaplan was a mutual friend and Kevin Olusola had made a name
for himself with viral videos of his simultaneous beat-boxing and
cello-playing skills. The five vocal artists didn’t all come
together in one space until the day of the auditions. Nevertheless,
they hit it off and harmonized perfectly.
Their lack of band practice didn’t hold them back — Pentatonix
won The Sing Off. During the show’s 12-episode run, Pentatonix
covered the likes of Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Florence and
the Machine. The group not only wowed the judges, but they earned
such a following that its debut album charted at No. 14 on the Billboard
200. Recently, they found viral-video success with “Evolution
of Music,” a medley of music from Gregorian Chants to contemporary
Pop. Now, let them wow you.