Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Release Genre-Bending “12 Days of Christmas”

Kirstin Maldonado is counting down to Christmas in an entertaining way…

The 28-year-old Mexican & Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates are ringing in the annual countdown to the season but with a sonic twist in their new “12 Days of Christmas” music video.

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Starting midway on the sixth day of Christmas, the five golden singers in the Grammy-winning a cappella group – Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch GrassiKevin Olusola and Matt Sallee – deliver their verses with a wide range of genres, including hip-hop, electro-pop, island folk and more, predominantly backed by Olusola’s beatboxing.

“The PTX holiday cheer continues as we countdown to Christmas with our version of ’12 Days of Christmas,'” Pentatonix wrote on their social media. “We had fun putting our touch on this iconic Christmas song!”

Their funky-yet-festive rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” is the first song on their sixth holiday set We Need a Little Christmas, which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard‘s Top Holiday Albums chart, dated November 28.

The five-piece group also released holiday visuals for “Thank You” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” off the Christmas album.

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Mates Release Inspirational “Amazing Grace” Cover

Kirstin Maldonado is bringin’ a little grace to the holiday season…

The 28-year-old Mexican & Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have surprised the world with the release of the music video for their new cover of “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).

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In the Jimmy Bates-directed clip, Maldonado and her Pentatonix mates infuse the enduring gospel classic with their trademark a capella harmonies while wandering through a stunning outdoor church in the misty woods.

“My chains are gone/ I’ve been set free/ My God, my savior has ransomed me/ And like a flood/ His mercy reigns/ Unending love/ Amazing grace,” Mitch Grassi belts, while his bandmates provide crashing percussion and background vocals. Maldonado then takes over lead vocals on the next pitch-perfect stanza.

The track will serve as the lead single for the band’s upcoming sixth holiday album, We Need a Little Christmas, which is slated to drop November 13 via RCA Records.

While Pentatonix has yet to reveal the studio set’s complete track list, it will follow The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, their 2019 holiday compilation which featured collaborations with Tori Kelly (“Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry, Be Happy“), Kelly Clarkson (“Grown Up Christmas List“), Maren Morris (“When You Believe”) and Jennifer Hudson (“How Great Thou Art“), as well as a posthumous duet with the late Whitney Houston on “Do You Hear What I Hear?

Previously, the Christmas-loving a capella group has also released 2012’s PTXmas, 2014’s That’s Christmas to Me, 2016’s A Pentatonix Christmas and 2018’s Christmas Is Here! 

Their next non-holiday full-length, titled The Lucky Ones, is currently expected to hit shelves, digital retailers and streaming services on February 12, 2021.

 

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix to Launch World Tour in May

Kirstin Maldonado is going global…

The 26-year-old half-Mexican/part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates will be hitting the road this spring for their upcoming world tour, and they spilled all the details of what fans can expect in a new video, premiering exclusively on Billboard.

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In the clip, the five singers sit down with Live Nationto answer questions about the tour and get quizzed about their fellow bandmates. 

“A lot of new music!” Maldonado says of what to expect, while Scott Hoyingpromises “fun,” “choreo” and “belting” at each show.

Next, the a cappella group plays a rapid-fire round of superlatives, naming which of their bandmates is the biggest prankster (Kirstin), the messiest (a toss-up) and always late (also Kirstin, though beatboxer Kevin Olusolapoints silently to himself).

Another fun fact? If the band could change their name, original members Maldonado, Hoying and Mitch Grassiall agree it would be — wait for it — Fifth Harmony! The girl group may have announced their indefinite hiatus in March 2018, but it’s a good thing CamilaCabello & Co. laid claim to the moniker during The X Factor back in 2012.

Pentatonix: The World Tourkicks off May 11 at the Oracle Arenain Oakland, California.

PENTATONIX: THE WORLD TOUR Dates

05/11/2019Oakland, CAOracle Arena
05/14/2019Fresno, CASave Mart Center
05/16/2019Inglewood, CAThe Forum
05/19/2019Denver, COPepsi Center
05/21/2019Tulsa, OKBOK Center
05/23/2019San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
05/25/2019Huntsville, ALVon Braun Center
05/26/2019Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
05/30/2019Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum Complex
06/01/2019Orlando, FLAmway Center
06/02/2019Augusta, GAJames Brown Arena
06/04/2019Allentown, PAPPL Center
06/06/2019New York, NYMadison Square Garden
06/08/2019Worcester, MADCU Center
06/09/2019Atlantic City, NJMark G. Etess Arena
06/11/2019Montreal, QCCentre Bell
06/13/2019Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun
06/15/2019Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
06/16/2019Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
06/18/2019Milwaukee, WIFiserv Forum
06/20/2019Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
06/22/2019Moline, ILTaxSlayer Center
06/23/2019Green Bay, WIResch Center
06/25/2019St. Paul, MNXcel Energy Center
06/26/2019Fargo, NDFargodome
06/28/2019Calgary, ABScotiabank Saddledome
06/30/2019Edmonton, ABRogers Place
07/02/2019Vancouver, BCRogers Arena
07/03/2019Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
07/06/201907/07/2019Las Vegas, NVStateline, NVMandalay Bay Events CenterLake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys +
08/11/2019Maryland Heights, MOHollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/13/2019Kansas City, MOStarlight Theatre
08/14/2019Springfield, ILIllinois State Fairgrounds +
08/15/2019Highland Park, ILRavinia Festival +
08/17/2019Des Moines, IAIowa State Fair +
08/19/2019Brandon, MSBrandon Amphitheater
08/20/2019Orange Beach, ALThe Wharf Amphitheater
08/22/2019Tuscaloosa, ALTuscaloosa Amphitheater
08/24/2019Jacksonville, FLDailey’s Place
08/26/2019Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
08/27/2019Canandaigua, NYConstellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
08/29/2019Gilford, NHBank of New Hampshire Pavilion
08/31/2019Bethel, NYBethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/01/2019Canfield, OHCanfield Fair +

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Maldonado & Pentatonix Release Music Video for “That’s Christmas to Me.”

Kirstie Maldonado is spreading holiday cheer…

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her fellow Pentatonix group mates have released the official music video for their original Christmas song “That’s Christmas to Me.”

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Following clips for “White Winter Hymnal,” “Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry be Happy” and “Mary, Did You Know?” comes the clip for the title track from their upcoming Christmas album, which finds the group — including Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola — sitting together in a living room, reminiscing about the best times of the holidays.

The most exciting part of the video? It includes what appears to be real-life home-video footage of each member from a merry Christmas morning in their childhoods.

Maldonado & Pentatonix Release Cover of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”

It looks like Kirstie Maldonado has another smash hit cover on her hands…

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her fellow Pentatonix group mates have released another catchy reinterpretation.

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The Streamy Award-winning a capella group’s upcoming EP, PTX Vol. III, comes out on September 23, and as a tease, their cover of Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be” has made its way online.

Pentatonix, the winners of NBC‘s singing competition The Sing-Off in 2011, sticks to what they do best in their latest song, and it’s another hit for Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin Olusola.

“We’re huge fans of Clean Bandit, and we’re so excited to be covering this!” Grassi told People about the song off PTX Vol. III, which also includes an already-released cover of “Problem” by Ariana Grande.

Maldonado and Pentatonix Release A Capella Cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

Kirstie Maldonado has a series problem

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her fellow Pentatonix members have released a new cover, proving there’s really nothing the quintet can’t sing.

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The a capella group, who won NBC‘s singing competition The Sing-Off in 2011, shared a video of them performing their rendition of Ariana Grande‘s summer jam “Problem.”

Maldonado and the gang perform every part of the hit track with Kevin Olusola showing off his impressive beat-boxing skill. Meanwhile, Mitch Grassi spits the verses originally performed by Iggy Azalea in the original.

“Problem” is the lead single off Grande’s upcoming sophomore album, My Everything. The 21-year-old singer has responded to Pentatonix’s cover on Twitter, saying”Omg y’all. my favs. been waiting! better SING i love u,” she wrote.

Pentatonix is currently working on two projects that the group plans to release this fall. Earlier this month, they announced their new EP called PTX, Vol. III will arrive in  stores on September 23, marking their first project to be released by RCA Records. It will feature covers of hits and original tracks.

The EP will be followed by their second holiday album, That’s Christmas to Me, which is coming out on October 21. It will include a combination of classic holiday tracks, modern favorites and a one-of-a-kind holiday mash-up.

Maldonado & Pentatonix to Release Two Albums This Year

It’s back to the studio for Kirstie Maldonado.

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her fellow Pentatonix members have released a special teaser video announcing their plans to release new music this year.

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Pentatonix will actually release two albums this year.

PTX Vol. 3 will hit shelves on September 23, followed by a second holiday album, That’s Christmas to Me, on October 21.

The upcoming EP from the viral a cappella quintet marks their first project with RCA Records, and will again feature covers of hits and original tracks.

The album will also include a surprise featured guest, as well as a song performed entirely in French.

Maldonado and her fellowGroup members Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola — who won NBC‘s singing competition The Sing-Offin 2011 — will share the upcoming Vol. 3 tracklist on Aug. 12, when its iTunes and Amazon pre-order goes live with the first of two planned instant tracks.

That’s Christmas to Me, named for an original holiday song penned by the group, will include a combination of classic holiday tracks, modern favorites and a one-of-a-kind holiday mash-up.

Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Members Sign with RCA Records

Kirstin Maldonado has landed a new recording contract…

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish singer and her fellow Pentatonix members have signed with RCA Records.

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Maldonado and her a cappella quintet members, The Sing-Off season-three champions and viral stars, is known mostly for their creative covers of pop hits like Lorde‘s “Royals” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Can’t Hold Us,” evolution-style arrangements and original songs.

“We are thrilled to have Pentatonix join RCA,” said RCA president and COO Tom Corson. “Their musicality and special vocal abilities have enabled them to create innovative original songs as well as re-create some of today’s biggest hits. Pentatonix is unique to our business and we look forward to working with them as we take their talents to new and exciting heights everywhere in the world.”

“We’re really excited to start this new chapter of our career with RCA,” said the group — consisting of Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola — in a statement. “We feel like we’ve found a home where we can truly develop our artistry with the best in the industry.”

Following their Sing-Off win in 2011, the electro-infused quintet has released three albums via Madison Gate Records (PTX Volume 1, PTXmas and PTX Volume 2, selling over 500,000 copies combined) and collected over 445 million views and more than 5.6 million subscribers on YouTube.

The group wraps its sold-out European tour on May 18, following a sold-out North American tour.

Maldonado Impresses in Endearing “Frozen Medley” Video with Her Pentatonix Pals

Kirstin Maldonado and two members of her popular cappella group have frozen their way into our hearts.

The half Mexican-American singer, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, all members of NBC’s The Sing-Off-winning quintet Pentatonix, have released an endearing new medley on the web.

Frozen Medley

Maldonado, Hoying and Grassi joined voices to perform four of the popular songs from Disney‘s new animated hit Frozen: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Love Is an Open Door” and “Let It Go.”

Instead of releasing an a cappella medley, the trio sings along to the karaoke tracks from the film while acting out scenes in front of a white curtain at the Endless Noise studio – complete with a blonde wig, snow made out of paper cutouts and lots of tossed pillows and blankets.

Maldonado, who could totally be the voice of Disney’s next princess character, Hoying and Grassi, who sang together in high school before recruiting more members to compete in The Sing-Off’s third season, recorded the video as part of Hoying and Grassi’s online series, Superfruit, which also recently featured singer Tori Kelly.

Bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin Olusola don’t appear in this unofficial Pentatonix video, which has already earned nearly 800,000 views on YouTube.

Maldonado’s Pentatonix Wins NBC’s “The Sing-Off”

Kirstie Maldonado and members of her a cappella group are $200,000 richer and have a new recording contract with Sony Music after winning NBC’s The Sing-Off.

The 19-year-old Latina singer’s five-member group Pentatonix—the smallest singing group in the reality show—beat out the Dartmouth Aires and Urban Method in Monday’s finale to win the title…and prize package that came with it. The group won by claiming the majority of the reported three million viewer votes cast.

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In all, 16 teams competed in the singing competition where participating groups couldn’t use instruments other than their own voices.

Throughout the competition, Pentatonix stood out as a small yet mighty group of talented singers and vocal percussionists, and they were praised regularly by show’s judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

Along with Maldonado—a National Hispanic Scholar and University of Oklahoma musical theatre major—Pentatonix consists of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan.

Maldonado was credited by the judges for bringing some serious sass and class to the group as the only female member.

“I don’t even know what to say … I’m just so humbled to have shared the stage with my best friends. They’re my family,” said Hoying after winning the competition. “And these 16 amazing groups; I can’t believe this is happening.”