Pentatonix is a five-member American a cappella group from Arlington,Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kristin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola .The a capella group was first formed by high school friends Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying.They started gaining attention on YouTube with their version of Beyonce Knowles and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”.The trio named themselves Pentatonix after being joined by two new members Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola.Pentatonix formed in 2011 and subsequently won the third season of NBC’s The Sing Off’s receiving $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.
The group’s debut EP “PTX.Volume 1” was released in 2012,followed by “PTXmas” that arrived in the same year.Their third release, “PTX ,Vol.II”, debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and number 10 on Billboard 200 in 2013.The group also promoted PTX, Vol. II on The Ellen DeGeneres in November 2013.
On August 7, 2014, Pentatonix announced that their third EP PTX, VOL IIIwould be released on September 23, 2014 as it went up for pre-order on iTunes on August 11, 2014 and included a download of two tracks from the EP, “Problem” and “La La Latch”which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200.Their two first full-length studio albums, including “That’s Christmas To Me” that’s so far peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200.