As of November 20, 2014, vocal quintet Pentatonix are celebrating the holiday season with their latest release - That's Christmas To Me - which debuted #9 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and is currently #1 on its Holiday Chart. The release was the group's 2nd album (the first one being PTX Vol. III) within a month and 4th in less than a year to debut Top 10 on the chart. Pentatonix currently has more that 6.7 million YouTube subscribes (besting Beyoncé and Avicii) and 650 million cumulative views. The group recently collaborated with world-renowned director Baz Luhrmann and Barney's on their Baz Dazzled Christmas experience and is scheduled to appear on The Today Shot, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas in Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.
That's Christmas To Me follows their highly successful 4th EP, PTX Vol. III which debuted in September at #5 on Billboard's Top 200. The group released 4 music videos in support of the EP, "Problem", "La La Latch", "Papaoutai" ft. Lindsey Stirling and "Rather Be" which have been viewed over 29 million times.
The Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts more than 600 million views and 6.7 million subscribers, propelled by unparalleled performances of their Daft Punk mash up (103 million views) as well as the incomparable “Evolution Of Music,” a 4 minute, 36-song live journey through the history of music that has tallied more than 49 million views. The group’s cover collaboration with Lindsey Stirling for Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” has seen more than 97 million views over the two artists’ channels and won in the “Best Response Video” category at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards on November 3, 2013. The group also has more than 1.7 million Facebook fans, over 400,000 Twitter followers, and 281,000 Instagram followers.
The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.
Scott is a songwriter and pianist who has been performing since the age of 8. Following his graduation from Martin High School in Arlington, TX, Scott enrolled at USC where he joined the SoCal VoCals, a popular and accomplished campus a cappella group. Involved with a variety of musical projects, Scott has been a finalist on CBS’ Star Search and has performed the National Anthem and “God Bless America” at numerous professional and collegiate sporting events, including home games for the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks.
Mitch is the youngest member of Pentatonix and a recent high school graduate (he was a high school senior when taping of The Sing-Off commenced). In addition to immersing himself in music theater in Arlington, TX, Mitch’s music tastes skew heavily toward underground club and electronic music. A veteran of many vocal and talent competitions, Mitch took first place at the Teen Talent Follies for his rendition of Scott Alan’s “Kiss the Air.” Mitch is honing his skills in production and DJ-ing while excelling as a lead vocalist for Pentatonix.
Kirstin is a National Hispanic Scholar and was a sophomore Music Theater major at The University of Oklahoma before joining Pentatonix. She developed her vocal and performance skills during her eight years as a touring member at Theatre Arlington where she’d learned to sing eight-part harmonies. She began her classical training during high school and was a member of the Texas All State Choir for three years. A four-year show choir member and dance captain, Kirstin held numerous roles in local stage productions, performing at shows around the Metroplex, including Casa Manana and Bass Hall.
Avi is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a cappella. A Visalia, CA native, Avi moved to Walnut, CA in 2007 to attend Mt. San Antonio College, known worldwide for their strong choral and a cappella tradition. In 2008 he joined Fermata Nowhere, a high-energy male a cappella group that became the first community college a cappella entrants to win the prestigious ICCA. Avi won the competition’s award for “Best Rhythm Section,” the first year that this award had ever included a vocal bass (the award was called “Best Vocal Percussionist” before Avi’s victory prompted the language change). In his third year at Mt. San Antonio, Avi joined Sincopation, an award-winning jazz ensemble that won the Monterey Jazz Festival Competition in his first year. He has performed at venues worldwide, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
KEVIN “K.O.” OLUSOLA
Kevin grew up in the small town of Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of a Nigerian psychiatrist and a Grenadian nurse. At an early age, Kevin began learning piano, cello and saxophone. He performed at Carnegie Hall twice as soloist on the cello and saxophone and has appeared on NPR’s “From The Top." After finishing high school at Phillips Academy Andover, Kevin enrolled in Yale University where he was pre-med and majored in East Asian Studies. He spent 18 months in Beijing becoming fluent in Chinese as a part of his Yale fellowship. While in college, Kevin began developing his “celloboxing” skills and in 2009, he won second place in the “Celebrate and Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma” international competition. Ma would call Kevin's celloboxing version of "Dona Nobis Pacem" both “inventive and unexpected.” In 2011, Kevin’s “Julie-O” celloboxing YouTube video was featured by CBS, AOL, Huffington Post and Washington Post, among others. Kevin was also named one of 100 “History Makers in the Making” by NBC’s TheGrio and was hand-chosen by Quincy Jones to represent him in concert at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival alongside Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea.