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Pentatonix Perform At The Recording Academy
Five-piece a capella group discusses their debut EP and viral YouTube covers, and performs exclusive set
Five-piece a cappella collective Pentatonix recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief set. Pentatonix discussed vocal health, utilizing social media and their debut EP, PTX, Volume 1. Pentatonix performed original songs, including "The Baddest Girl" and "Show You How To Love," as well as a cover of Gotye's No. 1 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know."
"Through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube we really try to keep our fans involved [so] they know we care about them and that their support really means a lot to us," said Avi Kaplan. "[We] even ask them what songs they want us to do next. We show our love to our fans and they show it right back."
Based in Los Angeles, Pentatonix features lead vocalists Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstin Maldonado, vocal bass Avi Kaplan, and beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola. In 2011 the group, whose name is derived from the five-note pentatonic music scale, auditioned for the reality TV series "The Sing-Off" and ultimately emerged the winners. The group has since garnered approximately 24 million views on YouTube on the strength of their a capella arrangements of Nicki Minaj's "Starships," Fun.'s "We Are Young" and "Somebody That I Used To Know," the latter of which has garnered more than 8 million views to date.
Released in June, PTX, Volume 1 features six songs, including Pentatonix originals "The Baddest Girl" and "Show You How To Love," as well as "Somebody That I Used To Know." Pentatonix are currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through January 2013.