Acapella darlings Pentatonix put on a show worth the price of the ticket. The five-member group gained their following after winning the Sing Off and putting out one after another of highly popular YouTube videos. They take the stage – often designed to look like high school bleachers, playing off their youthful vibe – and deliver hit after hit. That’s covers of huge hits, rearranged for five voices and no musical instruments. They have a range of voice types within the group, from high soprano to deep bass as well as an incredibly talented beat boxer providing percussion. The group’s young fans are vocal in their own way, cheering like crazy for every song. The covers run the gamut from Beyonce medleys to Kanye West and Ariana Grande. With so many preteen fans, it’s easy to see why they mine the Top 40 for so many songs on the setlist. The group also has a collection of original songs to draw from, all acappella arrangements as well. Fans seem to love those just as much as the covers the group built their name on. They shake things up too, by having a solo performance of beat boxing accompanied by cello, or collaborating on a song with their opening acts. Get your Pentatonix tickets now and be ready for a show you will not forget.
Pentatonix’s formation is a story of three friends coming together to do something they had a lot of passion for. Scott Hoying, Mitchell Grassi and Kirstin Maldonado had grown up together and used to study at the Martin High School in Arlington.
There was a radio show competition to meet the cast of Glee and the trio presented its own version of the famous Lady Gaga track, Telephone. Unfortunately, they failed to win the show but they became popular in their school. That resulted in them performing live. Eventually their version of Telephone started to generate some traction and soon it got quite popular on YouTube.
Winning The Sing-Off
Maldonado and Hoying both finished high school in 2010 and Grassi followed them a year later. Hoying went to USC and it was there he became a member of an a cappella group that went by the name of SoCal VoCals. He then heard about The Sing-Off by a member of the band, Ben Bram. Hoying decided to audition for The Sing-Off and he convinced Grassi and Maldonado to join him for it. Avriel Kaplan and Kevin Olusola were then added to the line-up. They all met for the very first time just a day before The Sing-Off’s auditions were to be held. They not only successfully auditioned for the program but eventually went on to win it as well.
The Initial Breakthroughs
Winning The Sing-Off was a big thing for Pentatonix and they decided to re-locate to Los Angeles shortly afterwards. The goal was to bring a cappella back to life and become the foremost exponents of the genre.
In 2012, they signed a record deal with Madison Gate Records, which was owned by Sony Pictures. This was the break they had been looking for and without wasting any time, they hit the studios to work on their debut record. The result was an EP titled “PTX, Volume 1.”
It received four stars out of five from AllMusic and got a nine out of ten rating from Alt Rock Live. PTX, Volume 1 also went as high as the second spot on the Billboard Top Independent Albums and to number fourteenth on the Billboard 200. That was followed by their first national tour, spanning thirty cities. The road trip was a huge success and put Pentatonix forward as brilliant live performers as well.
That was followed by a Christmas oriented extended play titled “PTXmas” in 2012. They went on to perform on various television shows and award ceremonies. The record was released again in 2013 with two more tracks, one of those being Little Drummer Boy. The song was a big hit and won quite a few Billboard Awards in the process.
Their next EP, “PTX Vol. II” came out on November 5, 2013. It contained a medley of tracks by Daft Punk, which became a massive hit and brought their way a Grammy Award. The EP went to the number one position on the US Independent Albums and to the second position on the US Digital Albums. It also went to the tenth spot on the US Billboard 200.
The Studio Albums Come Out
Pentatonix then signed with RCA Records and released “PTX, Vols. 1&2,” their first album in Japan. Then on August 11, 2014, they released another extended play “PTX, Vol. III” which went to the fifth spot on the Billboard 200 on its debut.
After releasing another album “PTX” in September of 2014, they came out with “That’s Christmas to Me,” their third album. The record was a very big hit. It was certified two times platinum in the US by virtue of selling more than two million copies. The album also went to the second spot on the US Billboard 200 and became the highest charting holiday record by a band since 1962.
Pentatonix then released a self-titled album on October 16, 2015 and it went to the top of the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Digital Albums. “Penatonix” was their first number one record and was certified gold in the United States.
Pentatonix wasn’t done yet though. “A Pentatonix Christmas,” came out on October 21, 2016 and solidified their status as one of the best, if not the best, a cappella artists around today. The record went to the third spot on the US Billboard 200 on debut and then proceeded to move to the top of the chart. It also went to top the Billboard’s Canadian Albums chart. “A Pentatonix Christmas” has sold close to one and a half million copies in the US to earn platinum certification from RIAA. In Canada, it has been certified platinum too, while in Austria, the album has gone gold.
Pentatonix Tour Tickets
They have not only performed sold-out shows in some very famous venues, but have also won some of the biggest awards that an artist can get. Pentatonix have won three Grammy Awards and two YouTube Music Awards. The band has just returned from the Pentatonix World Tour 2016, which began in April of 2016 and ended on September 3, 2017.
Now they are all set to hit the road once again for “A Pentatonix Christmas Tour.” The trek will kick-off in early December of 2017 and as of right now is scheduled to end in the later part of the same month.
A cappella is a tough genre to master because there are no instruments. You have just got to trust your vocals to work magic and that is just not easy to pull off. This makes all that Pentatonix have done all the more special. By a lot of accounts, they are the best exponents of a cappella music in the world today. Now that they are all set to perform live again, book your Pentatonix tour tickets and turn your holiday season in to one unforgettable musical extravaganza.