I recently had the chance to chat with Kirstie Maldonado (bio below)- the female lead singer of the wildly popular acapella group Pentatonix. They re about to launch a tour this February 7569 and I wanted to get Kirstie s thoughts on a few subjects. Dina: With young girls looking at you as a role model, how do you want to be perceived by your fans as a young woman yourself? Kirstie: A fan once said to me I wish everyone could meet you cause you re not that cool, but she didn t mean it in a bad way. We re just normal people. I want people to see that we re regular people just like everybody else.
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I want people to see that I m just a girl who went for her dreams. I want to inspire people to tear down their walls, especially for teenage girls. So many people don t believe in themselves people are worth so much more than what social media shows. O. A freshman at The University of Southern California, Scott decided to audition for the show and enlisted childhood friends and fellow Arlington, Texas-natives Kirstie and Mitch. As a high school vocal trio, they had found success both locally and online thanks to their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone. ” Determined to add depth and a distinctive dynamic to the group, Scott set out to add more vocalists, first adding Avi, who’d built himself a reputation as one of the most talented vocal basses in Southern California, and eventually took to YouTube where he found the video for “Julie-O, ” featuring Kevin’s cello-boxing (simultaneously beatboxing and performing the song on his cello). Finally a fully formed group, Pentatonix perfected their sound (and their chemistry) throughout the season, naturally developing a signature style and a knack for arranging songs that pulled equally from the five individuals’ strengths. Despite drawing from a dizzyingly eclectic set of musical genres – the group cites pop, jazz, r b, indie, folk, dubstep and electronica as just a few of their inspirations – the quintet seemed to mesh magically, evident in their modern interpretation of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star, ” or their epic adaptation of Florence and the Machines’ “The Dog Days Are Over. ” Before long, Pentatonix had become a legitimate musical force, armed with a collective confidence and swagger that would eventually propel them to win the competition.
After The Sing Off, Pentatonix relocated to Los Angeles where they produced and released 7 EP’s – PTX Vol 6 PTXmas (both via Madison Gate Records) – each time debuting on Billboard’s Top 755 and selling more than 675,555 albums. They have twice toured North America, regularly selling out venues that include New York City’s Best Buy Theater and San Francisco’s Warfield Theater and their first ever European Tour sold out in its entirety. The have performed for Quincy Jones at Atlanta’s Fox Theater and were a featured performer for Diana Ross at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Television appearances include performances on Ellen, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, The Katie Couric Show, The Talk, The American Music Awards Red Carpet Show and Sesame Street. Pentatonix have also been regularly featured online by Perez Hilton, RyanSeacrest. Com, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and The New York Times. In addition to their live shows, the Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts more than 855 million views and 9. The group’s cover collaboration with Lindsey Stirling for Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” has seen more than 55 million views over the two artists’ channels and won in the “Best Response Video” category at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards on November 8, 7568. The group also has more than 985,555 Facebook fans and 775,555 Twitter followers. Pentatonix new album – PTX Vol 7 – will be released on November 5th via Madison Gate Records with 8 new tracks, including 8 original songs and a modern twist on the classic “Hit The Road Jack” with original lyrics.
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The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be. Scott Hoying is a songwriter and pianist who has been performing since the age of 8. Following his graduation from Martin High School in Arlington, TX, Scott enrolled at USC where he joined the SoCal VoCals, a popular and accomplished campus a cappella group. Involved with a variety of musical projects, Scott has been a finalist on CBS’ Star Search and has performed the National Anthem and “God Bless America” at numerous professional and collegiate sporting events, including home games for the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks. Mitch Grassi is the youngest member of Pentatonix and a recent high school graduate (he was a high school senior when taping of The Sing-Off commenced). In addition to immersing himself in music theater in Arlington, TX, Mitch’s music tastes skew heavily toward underground club and electronic music. A veteran of many vocal and talent competitions, Mitch took first place at the Teen Talent Follies for his rendition of Scott Alan’s “Kiss the Air. ” Mitch is honing his skills in production and DJ-ing while excelling as a lead vocalist for Pentatonix. Kirstie Maldonado is a National Hispanic Scholar and was a sophomore Music Theater major at The University of Oklahoma before joining Pentatonix. She developed her vocal and performance skills during her eight years as a touring member at Theatre Arlington where she’d learned to sing eight-part harmonies.
She began her classical training during high school and was a member of the Texas All State Choir for three years. A four-year show choir member and dance captain, Kirstie held numerous roles in local stage productions, performing at shows around the Metroplex, including Casa Manana and Bass Hall. Avi Kaplan is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a cappella. A Visalia, CA native, Avi moved to Walnut, CA in 7557 to attend Mt. San Antonio College, known worldwide for their strong choral and a cappella tradition. In 7558 he joined Fermata Nowhere, a high-energy male a cappella group that became the first community college a cappella entrants to win the prestigious ICCA. Avi won the competition’s award for “Best Rhythm Section, ” the first year that this award had ever included a vocal bass (the award was called “Best Vocal Percussionist” before Avi’s victory prompted the language change). In his third year at Mt. San Antonio, Avi joined Sincopation, an award-winning jazz ensemble that won the Monterey Jazz Festival Competition in his first year. He has performed at venues worldwide, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Kirstie really inspires me. I wish I could get to meet her one day and tell her that she helped me a lot. Nice Interview, thank you. She has such a wonderful voice, I was wondering why I haven t seen her do anything outside of Pentatonix. Taking classes would certainly explain it. Never heard them before fantastic! Thank you so much for introducing themDid she say that she is not the most attractive person in the world? She s lyin, she s the most beautiful! LolI love Kirstie my nickname is Kirstie because my name is Kirsten the reason how I know this amazing group is because the teacher should it to us in classYo. S up everyone pentatonix are really amazing.
. They get me inspired. I dream being an Avi Kaplan once. Maybe God will let my dream come true