Pentatonix: Rise To Fame
Who Are The "Pentatonix?"
I want to start off by saying that this article has nothing to do
with the pentagon. If that is what you were hoping for because you
may have assumed I can not spell, I apologize for bursting your bubble.
I am going to be sharing a music group that has recently risen to
some fame over the past several months. I am well aware that this
music group is not common name; many people are probably not familiar
with them. So, I have decided to write a tribute for them, while describing
who they are and what they have accomplished in such a short period
of time. The "Pentatonix" recently won 1st place in season
3 of the Sing Off.
Sing Off? Pentatonix? Is this Josh kid making things up? Maybe he
should just go back to writing his limericks and haiku. I know I am
talking about a subject that is not well known at the moment. But,
this group deserves the tribute for many reasons, and I hope to be
able to share some of those reasons with you today. Sing Off aired
its third season at the end of last year. This music show is known
for its different style of music. Unlike X Factor, American Idol,
and The Voice, the Sing Off prides itself in its a capella music.
Every group which competed on this show had to sing with their voices
only, but were free to add percussion and beat box sounds(with their
The Pentatonix came onto the show and began dazzling the judges and
audiences with their unique electronic sound and amazing ability to
create covers of popular songs with their own distinct style.
So, who are the "Pentatonix?" Let's take a closer look and
discover this rare gem in the music genre.
Members of Pentatonix
As you could possibly tell from their name, "Pentatonix"
consists of five members. Scott Hoying(lead singer), Kirstie Maldonado(only
female vocalist), and Mitch Grassi(tenor) originally sang together
in high school as a trio. They had heard about the Sing Off and wanted
to compete, but desired two more members. Scott wanted the group to
have a unique blend of music and style so he found Avi Kaplan and
Kevin Olusola(who would act as the bass and percussion instruments).
Inspiration To Write About
As some if you may know, I have a strong passion for music. I have
been singing ever since I can remember, and even before then as well.
I have sung in choirs, choral groups, been involved in productions,
etc. From all of my experience, I have enjoyed singing a capella music
the most. If you ever want to talk about a capella music, let's grab
some coffee and chat over a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts(all right
maybe not a dozen, but they are delicious). I love a capella music,
because it is one of the most challenging types of music. This is
because you don't have the music in the background to drown out mistakes.
The music helps you stay on pitch and keep rhythm. A capella does
not have these "handicaps", if you will.
The first time I heard "Pentatonix", I was astounded! Their
style, blend, control, rhythm and stage presence were superb! I was
hooked from their first song in the competition until the night they
won and sang their finale. So why write about them? I am offering
this tribute, because I want to get their name out and I hope you
guys enjoy! Before we move on, listen to this video sample of one
of the songs they sang after winning the show. This will hopefully
give you a glimpse into "Pentatonix" and what they are all
about. I understand many people may not like this music and that is
all right. We all have different tastes and that is what allows music
to be widespread. At the same time, I do encourage you to listen to
this song and see what you think.
Interesting Facts About
6. The original group members
grew up in Arlington Texas, five miles from the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
(Is this the wrong time to say, "Go Patriots?")
1. The group is named after the word pentatonic, one of the most commonly
known five-note musical scales.
2. 24 hours before competing on the Sing Off, only three of the members
had known each other. The bass and percussionist were added before
the contest, because the leader desired a unique blend and style of
3. The group only consists of one female vocalist. (I personally think
this was a wise choice due to their unique music blend)
4.The three original group members(Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch) cultivated
fame in their hometown by their cover of Lady Gaga's "Telephone".
5. The oldest member in the group boasts the age of 23. (This gives
me hope. I still have time)
7. The beatbox-percussion extraordinaire, Kevin Olusola has the unique
ability to play the cello and beatbox at the same time. (This is a must
see, just search him on youtube. You will not be disappointed!)
8.This group has the amazing ability to pull from each of its members
strengths to create a style of intricate arrangements and infectious
9. Upon winning the Sing Off, the members left their home towns and
relocated to Los Angelos in hopes to make it big.
10. And "big" is what they have certainly accomplished. Upon
winning, they released covers of "Somebody That I Used To Know"
and "We Are Young". These videos have been feautured by Perez
Hilton, Ryan Seacrest and The Huffington Post, to name a few.
11. The two songs mentioned above have reached 8 million views together.
Their youtube channel has hit 13 million views along with nearly 120,000
followers. (That is impressive without being sponsored by any big time
12. The group refused their $200,000 Sony Contract for winning the Sing
Off Season 3.
13. This past June, they released their debut album, "EP",
featuring songs such as "Starships" written by Nicki Minaj.
(This is an excellent video which you should look up some time, especially
if you are a Nicki Minaj fan).
14. They are currently beginning their rise to fame as they are now
touring with this album in the hopes of shining a new light onto a
capella music and bringing it back to fame and popularity.
Well, this concludes my review on the "Pentatonix". I hope
you have enjoyed my switch in writing topics. I figured since I love
music, I should write a hub on a capella music. This type of music
has always fascinated me. If you do not like this music, I appreciate
you for enduring through this review and applaud you for your courage.
Until next time my fellow hub friends!