Pentatonix began with Kirstin "Kirstie" Maldonado (born May 16, 1992), Mitchell "Mitch" Grassi (born July 24, 1992), and Scott Hoying (born September 17, 1991) who grew up together and were schoolmates at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.For a local radio show competition to meet the cast of Glee, they arranged and submitted a trio version of "Telephone".Pentatonix (abbreviated PTX) is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.Avi Kaplan was formerly a member of the group; he was replaced by Sallee in 2017.On August 7, 2014, Pentatonix announced that their third EP PTX, Vol. The EP went up for pre-order on i Tunes on August 11, 2014 and included a download of two tracks from the EP, "Problem" and "La La Latch".By year's end (December 31, 2014), Billboard reported the album had reached a total of 1.14 million copies sold—becoming the 4th best selling album of 2014 by any artist of any genre (being surpassed only by Taylor Swift's 1989, the Frozen Soundtrack, and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour) Hoying also stated, "We're at the point in our careers now [where] we must go to original music, and we want to go to original music; we have so much to say, and I think it's gonna be quite a journey." On August 28, 2015, Pentatonix announced on social media that the group's third full-length album and first fully original album, which is eponymously titled, will be released on October 16, 2015.Characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, percussion and beatboxing, they are widely known for their covers, mostly of modern pop works or Christmas songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with original material.Pentatonix formed in 2011 and subsequently won the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off, receiving 0,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.
The group's video tribute to Daft Punk had received over 250 million views as of mid 2017.The group released their video of an original arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" the following day. @ The 2012 American Music Awards" Pre-Show on November 18, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and the "94.7 THE WAVE Christmas Concert Starring Dave Koz and Kenny Loggins" on December 16.The group was also featured guests on Katie Couric (ABC), Home and Family (Hallmark), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Big D NYE.Ryan Seacrest's website named Pentatonix the 2012 "Featured Artist of the Year" for their expansive growth online in just one year. PTXmas reappeared on the Billboard charts again in November 2014, placing No. 4 on the Holiday charts, giving Pentatonix three albums on the Billboard 200 at the same time.The group released the first single, a cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Can't Hold Us" on August 20, 2013 which to date has over 66 million views. II on The Ellen De Generes Show in November 2013, after the success of "The Evolution of Beyoncé" mashup on You Tube.