Who arranged Pentatonix's Daft Punk Medley
Pentatonix is an American a cappella group consisting of Mitchell Grassi (countertenor), Scott Hoying (baritone), Kirstin Maldonado (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Olusola (beatbox) and Matt Sallee (bass). Avriel Kaplan (bass) was also one of the members until September 2017. The band was founded in Arlington, Texas.
Pentatonix began with three friends, Kirstin "Kirstie" Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying, who grew up together and attended Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. Upon hearing about a local radio show that was running a competition to meet the cast of the television series Glee, they arranged a trio version of the song Telephone by Lady Gaga, which they sent in as a contribution. Although they didn't win the competition, their video attracted attention at their school, where the group then began performing. After your version of Telephone After gaining attention on YouTube, they covered more songs, which they also put online.
Hoying and Maldonado graduated from Martin High School in 2010, Grassi graduated in 2011. Hoying then went to the University of Southern California (USC), Maldonado studied musical theater at the University of Oklahoma. At USC, Scott Hoying joined the a cappella group SoCal VoCals at. He learned about the casting show "The Sing-Off" on NBC from another member of the group, Ben Bram (now also their arranger, producer and sound engineer), and was encouraged to audition for the show. He convinced Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi to join him. However, the show required a minimum of four members. Hoying had meanwhile met Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, an a cappella bass singer. The band also became aware of Kevin Olusola through a YouTube video in which he beatboxed and played the cello at the same time. Kevin was born in Pasadena, California and holds an undergraduate degree in medicine from Yale University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese after studying in China for a year.
The group met for the first time the day before they auditioned for the show "The Sing-Off". The band successfully got through the casting process and eventually managed to win the show's third season in 2011. They won $ 200,000 and a record deal with Sony.
The band name Pentatonix came about through Scott Hoying and was named after the pentatonic scale, a musical scale with five notes per octave. The group found that the five grades on the scale matched its five members. They replaced the last letter with an 'x' to make the name more appealing. The group is influenced by pop, dubstep, electro, reggae, hip-hop and classical music.
Awards for music sales
2 × platinum record
Note: Awards in countries from the chart tables or chart boxes can be found in these.
Honourings and prices
- The Sing-Off 2011
- YouTube play button in silver, gold and diamond
- Grammy Award 2015 in the category "Best Instrumental or A-cappella-Arrangement (Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella)" for her Daft-Punk-Medley.
- Grammy Award 2016 in the category "Best Instrumental or A-cappella-Arrangement (Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella)" for her arrangement of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
- Grammy Award 2017 in the category "Best Country Duo / Group Performance" for "Jolene" with Dolly Parton
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