Pentatonix By Jayden Collins
Genre: A Capella, Pop, Soul.
Members: Scott Hoying (baritone lead and backing vocals), Mitch Grassi (tenor/countertenor lead and backing vocals), Kirstie Maldonado (mezzo-soprano lead and backing vocals), Avi Kaplan (bass lead and backing vocals), Kevin Olusola (vocal percussion, backing vocals, cello).
Pentatonix (often shortened to PTX) is an American cappella group of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas. Their work, which is mostly in the pop genre, consists of covers of existing songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with some original material. Their music is defined by their own arrangement style, a strong presence of low bass vocals, and a diverse range of vocal percussion.
Pentatonix formed in 2011 and came to prominence the same year by winning the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC, their victory earning them $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.
After being dropped from their label (Epic Records) after The Sing-Off, they created their popular YouTube channel and distributed their music through Madison Gate Records, a small independent label owned by Sony Pictures that distributes movie soundtracks. They also made effective use of social media to interact with their fan base. Having now gathered 7.55 million subscribers and more than 842 million views, the PTXofficial YouTube page is currently the 12th most subscribed-to music channel and the 42nd most subscribed channel overall. Pentatonix’s music video tribute to Daft Punk recently surpassed 120 million views.
Their debut EP, PTX Volume I was released in 2012, followed by PTXmas the same year, with their third release, PTX Vol. II debuting at number 1 on Billboard‘s Independent Albums chart, and number 10 on the Billboard 200 in 2013.
In May 2014, Pentatonix signed with RCA Records, a “flagship” label of Sony Music Entertainment. In the same year, the group released their fourth EP, PTX Vol. III, and two full-length studio albums, PTX Vols. 1 & 2, and their second holiday release, That’s Christmas to Me.
That’s Christmas to Me was certified gold (500,000 sales) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and platinum (1,000,000 sales) on December 24, 2014, becoming the highest-charting holiday album by a group since 1962, and the 4th best selling album in the United States in 2014.