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NEW PENTATONIX HOLIDAY ALBUM - THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME - RELEASED TODAY

MUSIC VIDEO FOR “WHITE WINTER HYMNAL” LAUNCHES TODAY VIA YOUTUBE


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For Immediate Release – October 21, 2014 – Fresh off their performance on Conan last night, Pentatonix releases their new holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me today via RCA Records. The 10 track album plus a bonus track features the title track, a Pentatonix original, as well as a host of seasonal favorites, a one-of-a-kind holiday mash up, featuring Tori Kelly, and an arrangement of the modern classic, “Let It Go”, from Disney’s blockbuster Frozen. In conjunction with their album release, Pentatonix has released a music video for their arrangement of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” via YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

Last month, PTX released their 3rd EP, PTX Vol. III which debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart. The EP marks the group’s highest debut and chart position selling over 46,000 units in its first week. PTX Vol. III. features a mix of global pop and indie hits with original songs. 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 21 million times

In support of their release of PTX Vol. III, the group performed on Good Morning America click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-7phm8tt1k . The group has been featured in Billboard, People.com, Grammy.com, Glamour and much more. On the release of PTX Vol III, Popdust raved, “ Pentatonix have transformed into something completely cataclysmic and are poised for superstardom. The new disc supplies (their own original “On My Way Home” the highest, most sparkling skyscraper moment) a new-found sense of poise and confidence; while Entertainment Weekly raved, “there’s nothing Pentatonix can’t tackle—including the pop-rap hybrid “Problem.”

Pentatonix consists of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola. Since their debut in 2011, the quintet has released 4 EP’s (PTX Vol. I, PTXmas and PTX Vol. II, PTX Vol. III) selling over 550,000 copies combined. Having recently eclipsed 6.4 million subscribers and over 605 million cumulative views, the PTXOfficial YouTube page is currently the 13th most subscribed-to music channel, having surpassed the subscriber totals of both Avicii and Beyoncé.


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PTX Vol. 2 featured a 7-song Daft Punk medley whose video has been viewed more than 97 million times. PTX Volume 2 follows PTX Volume 1 and PTXmas. Both albums originally debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and re-entered the chart in December 2013, with the deluxe version of PTXmas leading the charge. With the addition of new tracks “Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” PTXmas has sold more than 200,000 copies and reached #1 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart. The video for “Little Drummer Boy” was a worldwide hit, racking up over 37 million views while the song landed at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart as well as #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 and Holiday Digital Songs Chart.

That’s Christmas To Me Track List
1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
2. White Winter Hymnal
3. Sleigh Ride
4. Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy ft. Tori Kelly
5. That’s Christmas To Me
6. Mary, Did You Know?
7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
8. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
10. Silent Night
11. Let It Go (Bonus)

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Official Website: http://ptxofficial.com/
YouTube Page: http://youtube.com/Ptxofficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pentatonix
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PTXofficial
Purchase PTX Vol. III: http://smarturl.it/PTXVol3
Listen to PTX Vol. III on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/PTXVol3Spot
That’s Christmas To Me iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PTXtctmiT
That’s Christmas To Me Amazon: http://smarturl.it/PTXtctmAm
Listen to That’s Christmas To Me on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/PTXmasSp

For complete press info on Pentatonix please visit:
http://kenphillipsgroup.com/pent.htm or http://www.rcarecordspress.com/artist/pentatonix

 

 




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What The Press is Saying About Pentatonix

 

Press Quotes:

With their PTX: Vol. III, Pentatonix have transformed into something completely cataclysmic and are poised for superstardom. The new disc supplies (their own original “On My Way Home” the highest, most sparkling skyscraper moment) a new-found sense of poise and confidence. Popdust

"There was madrigal complexity, swing-jazz harmonies and vocals shooting across the stage from singer to singer like an auditory magic trick. Pentatonix's rhythm was as precise as its pitch, if not more. Pentatonix hit all the right notes." Boston Globe

"Pentatonix displays mad vocal prowess, period! Their skill at executing arrangements flawlessly was also something of a marvel." Broadway World 2014

"Mitch Grassi frequently hit high notes like Freddie Mercury. Avi Kaplan's beguiling baritone was so deep, it practically made Barry White sound like Mercury. But beyond their technical skill, the group showcased engaging emotional range. Pentatonix seems poised to make a cappella bigger than anyone thought possible." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Pentatonix's performance at the sold-out State Theatre was screamingly triumphant. They had a strong sense of musicality, humor, showmanship,fun and put on a nearly flawless 90-minute show." Minneapolis Star Tribune

"No strictly vocal act sounds more ecstatic in triumph than Pentatonix, the Texas-based winners of The Sing-Off's third season that sold out Union Transfer on Monday. Euphoric best describes the joyful, self-described "futuristic a cappella" quintet who played before a wildly enthusiastic Philly audience." Philadelphia Inquirer

"Individually, smooth baritone Scott Hoying, ace alto Kristie Maldonado, high-pitched Mitch Grassi, resonating bass singer Avi Kaplan and beat-boxer Kevin Olusola were swell during solos. In particular, Kaplan's fluid low notes and Olusola's arsenal of percussive tones, and their rhythmic clicks, whirrs, bleats, and screeches were delicious." Philadelphia inquirer

"The growing success of Pentatonix blatantly defies musical purists. A cappella is musical purity, and Pentatonix is doing what it can to make pop music about unadulterated sound rather than a studio-born, micro-managed image." Huffington Post

"(Pentatonix are) a formidable musical force, creating full, interesting arrangements that sound as good (and, on occasion, better) than the song's they're covering" Huffington Post

"Pentatonix has every chance of becoming the first a cappella group to truly go mainstream. They are making a cappella cool again" Huffington Post

"The group, composed of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, is simply spectacular. They are the proven product of extraordinary talent and a breath of fresh air in the era of auto-tuned and lip-synched concerts." CBS-TV Minnesota

 

Celebrity Quotes:

"Omg y'all. my favs. been waiting! better SING!" Ariana Grande August 2014

"Scott & Mitch are FLAWLESS!" - Beyonce March 14, 14

"dear @PTXofficial, can we be best friends? this is everything: youtube.com/watch?v=tA53EsnzlIg" Tweet from artist Christina Perri 2/24/14

"Our minds are blown by @PTXofficial's cover of Say Something. Seriously can't stop watching it - youtu.be/0dYlvdLdK9w" A Great Big World February 2014

"Finally had the chance to meet our former Persons of the Week - the unstoppable acapella group Pentatonix. They are somehow even more wonderful in person, and their music will change your whole day." Diane Sawyer/ABC World News

"I'm sure most people have seen this but so sick" Channing Tatum post on facebook after watching "Royals" video

"You can tell this band just pulsates with musical love." Perez Hilton

"To be able to just chill with no recording/production equipment and bust out live, sickly, in-tune harmonies is a daunting feat, but these talented young Sing-Off (winners) pull it off perfectly." Perez Hilton

"The power they get out of just five voices is insane!" ryanseacrest.com

"This is incredible[...] as excited as I was when I heard Take 6 for the first time." Stevie Wonder commenting on Pentatonix today on 94.7 The WAVE after hearing their version of "Angels We Have Heard On High".

 

7 Reasons You Should Love Pentatonix

http://www.buzzfeed.com/nicos5/7-reasons-you-should-love-pentatonix-83tp

The Season 3 winner of the (now renewed) a cappella singing competition, 'The Sing-Off' is completing the second round of US touring and is currently working on their second short form album, 'PTX, Vol. 2.' Get to know them before the tour ends and the new album drops.

This is Pentatonix

1. They take songs you kinda, sorta like and do amazing a cappella arrangements that you can't forget. Their most recent cover is of 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons and features pop-violinist Lindsey Stirling.
2. Scott Hoying can do vocal riffs your mind can not fathom. Scott, for all intents and purposes, is the frontman of the group. If vocal power was measured in wattage, he'd be able to power Manhattan. Source: Scott Hoying's YouTube
3. Mitch Grassi has the voice of an angel. Dubbed 'the prettiest voice I've ever heard' by Boys 2 Men's Shawn Stockman, Mitch can take you to heaven and back. (video features a brief Kevin intro) Source: fromreal's YouTube / via: youtu.be
4. Kirstie Maldonado is nobody's underdog. The lone female in the group, Kirstie is a force not to be reckoned with. Because she will destroy you. All that power in a small, humble package. She gives you life and you never see it coming. Source: Connor Smith's YouTube / via:youtube.com
5. Kevin Olusola beatboxes and plays the cello...at the same damn time. Don't even get me started on how versatile this man is. You want cello? Okay. You want trumpet? He can do that. You want a dubstep beat drop? Let him get a drink of water first and then he has you. You need a rap verse? He'll spit it, while keeping the percussion going. Source: IrsYesger's YouTube / via: youtu.be
6. Avi Kaplan can do overtones and jump octaves in a single breath. Overtones are essentially singing two notes at the same time (Yes, you read that correctly), which makes for an incredible sound. Not only that, Avi's operatically trained bass cannon sounds great in the second octave or the third (and his speaking voice seems to drive everyone mad). Source: theredm35's YouTube / via: youtu.be
7. They don't just do covers. This is one of their original songs off the first EP, 'PTX, Vol. 1' called 'Baddest Girl.' Source: The Stylish's YouTube
Now, if you haven't fell in love with them by now, watch this playlist of all of their performances on NBC's The Sing-Off. Source: ThePentaholic's YouTube

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BIOGRAPHY

Vocal sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. Named after the world’s most widely recognized five-note music scale, this quintet has transformed one of pop music’s purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. From their original tracks to their intricate reimagining of pop hits and epically complex arrangements and medleys, Pentatonix have quickly developed a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.

Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying (22), Kirstie Maldonado (21) and Mitch Grassi (21), vocal bass Avi Kaplan (24) and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (25) and, while the individuals would maintain that each of their fellow band members is irreplaceable, the fact remains that 24-hours before their audition for The Sing-Off they still hadn’t all officially met.

A freshman at The University of Southern California, Scott decided to audition for the show and enlisted childhood friends and fellow Arlington, Texas-natives Kirstie and Mitch. As a high school vocal trio, they had found success both locally and online thanks to their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” Determined to add depth and a distinctive dynamic to the group, Scott set out to add more vocalists, first adding Avi, who’d built himself a reputation as one of the most talented vocal basses in Southern California, and eventually took to YouTube where he found the video for “Julie-O,” featuring Kevin’s cello-boxing (simultaneously beatboxing and performing the song on his cello).

Finally a fully formed group, Pentatonix perfected their sound (and their chemistry) throughout the season, naturally developing a signature style and a knack for arranging songs that pulled equally from the five individuals’ strengths. Despite drawing from a dizzyingly eclectic set of musical genres – the group cites pop, jazz, r&b, indie, folk, dubstep and electronica as just a few of their inspirations – the quintet seemed to mesh magically, evident in their modern interpretation of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” or their epic adaptation of Florence and the Machines’ “The Dog Days Are Over.” Before long, Pentatonix had become a legitimate musical force, armed with a collective confidence and swagger that would eventually propel them to win the competition.

After The Sing Off, Pentatonix relocated to Los Angeles where they produced and released 2 EP’s – PTX Vol 1 & PTXmas (both via Madison Gate Records) – each time debuting on Billboard’s Top 200 and selling more than 125,000 albums. They have twice toured North America, regularly selling out venues that include New York City’s Best Buy Theater and San Francisco’s Warfield Theater and their first ever European Tour sold out in its entirety. The have performed for Quincy Jones at Atlanta’s Fox Theater and were a featured performer for Diana Ross at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Television appearances include performances on Ellen, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, The Katie Couric Show, The Talk, The American Music Awards Red Carpet Show and Sesame Street. Pentatonix have also been regularly featured online by Perez Hilton, RyanSeacrest.com, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and The New York Times.

In addition to their live shows, the Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts more than 200 million views and 2.7 million subscribers, propelled by unparalleled performances of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” (19 million views) and Lorde’s “Royals,” (15 million) 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 21 million views and “Daft Punk,” a 7-song medley and the lead track from PTX Vol 2, which has accrued more nearly 20 million views in its first 3 weeks. The group’s cover collaboration with Lindsey Stirling for Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” has seen more than 40 million views over the two artists’ channels and was nominated in the “Best Response Video” category at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards. The group also has more than 650,000 Facebook fans and 170,000 Twitter followers.

Pentatonix new album – PTX Vol 2 – was released on November 5th via Madison Gate Records with 8 new tracks, including 4 original songs, debuting #10 on the overall Billboard Chart and #1 on its Independent Album Chart, with more than 30,000 albums sold in its first week. A Deluxe version of PTXmas is also available, including 2 new Christmas classics. 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.


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Scott Hoying 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 Grassi 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.

Kirstie Maldonado 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, Kirstie held numerous roles
in local stage productions, performing at shows around the Metroplex, including Casa Manana and Bass Hall.

Avi Kaplan 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 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.


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