I hadn’t heard of Pentatonix before but then again, I’m not between 15 and 20, which seems to be the generation that knows and follows their every move.
They performed on the Idea Festival stage in Louisville Kentucky in late September and dozens of teenagers screamed non-stop through their performance, so much and so often that I could barely hear their voices. LOL.
When I COULD hear their voices, I had several ‘wow’ moments.
Pentatonix is an incredible five member a capella singing group that has graced the stage of The Sing Off on NBC. The three lead singers are Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi. Bass and percussion are Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, respectively.
Scott, Kirstie and Mitch went to high school together at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, where they formed a trio that began performing locally. The bass and percussion section (AVi & Kevin) were added when they decided to enter the Sing Off.
Their first debut includes four covers, highlighted by the group’s Gotye track, as well as Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” Imogen Heap’s “Aha!” and Jasmine Sullivan’s “Love You Long Time.”
They sang others as well including The Baddest Girl written by Scott and Pentatonix producer Ben Bram and “Show You How to Love,” written by Avi and Kevin.
My only regret was not being able to get up and dance through most of their performance – they have a terrific sound. (and not hearing most of it because of the screaming — no screeching — teenagers.). Even a 20 year old and his girlfriend complained about it after their show.
Bottom line – everyone thought they were amazing.
And, their vibrant personalities come out in every number.
Here’s a short video to get an idea of their flavor:
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