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Plenty of new Christmas music under the tree this season

Story by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

SoundSpike Contributor

Published December 4, 2012 07:22 AM


"PTXmas" (EP)
(Madison Gate Records)

Kirstie Maldonado, of Pentatonix, the vocal group that won the third season of "The Sing Off," loved recording Christmas music because it's "so happy and so cheery."

"I think the arrangements are really fun to sing," Maldonado said via telephone from Chicago where the a cappella quintet was performing. "I just had a really good time."

"PTXmas" features six classic holiday songs and the group debuted a video for "Carol Of The Bells" on Nov. 13.

"We got to sing a lot of our favorite Christmas songs, which I thought was really cool," Maldonado said. "It made the entire album really special. We are really proud of it. To see that people are enjoying it and purchasing it is really awesome. We're really happy."

Surrounding the EP release, Pentatonix will be making various appearances, including performing at the Hollywood Christmas Parade (set to air on the Hallmark Channel in December) and appearing in its only L.A.-area Christmas performance as special guests of radio station 94.7 The Wave's Christmas Concert at the Nokia Theater on Sunday, Dec. 16.