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.
Starting midway on the sixth day of Christmas, the five golden singers in the Grammy-winning a cappella group – Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kevin 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.
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.
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
Save Mart Center
San Antonio, TX
Von Braun Center
KFC Yum! Center
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
James Brown Arena
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Atlantic City, NJ
Mark G. Etess Arena
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
Green Bay, WI
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
Las Vegas, NVStateline, NV
Mandalay Bay Events CenterLake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys +
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Kansas City, MO
Illinois State Fairgrounds +
Highland Park, IL
Ravinia Festival +
Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Fair +
Orange Beach, AL
The Wharf Amphitheater
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
The 23-year-old half-Mexican, part Spanish-American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members took the stage at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday to present the CMA Award for Vocal Group of the Year.
But before revealing the winning group’s name, the a capella group honor a past winner of the award with a special performance of their song.
“As a vocal group ourselves, we wanted to salute a great country group that won this next award back in 1978 and this year entered the Country Music Hall of Fame,” intro’s Pentatonix frontman Scott Hoying, before Pentatonix launched into an a capella version of “Elvira,” the 1981 hit by the Oak Ridge Boys.
Proving Maldonado and her group mates are the real deal, the performance featured on point harmonies, including Avi Kaplan’s perfect bass part.
Audience members bobbed along and gave the group a standing ovation after the short performance.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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, PTXmasand 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, 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.
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 Methodin 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.
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.”