A cappella sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. Named after the world’s most widely recognized five-note musical scale, this vocal quintet has transformed one of pop music’s purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. Pairing their intricate arrangements with cleverly re-imagined pop songs, Pentatonix have quickly cultivated a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.
Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kristie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola and, while the individuals would maintain that each of their fellow band members is irreplaceable, the fact remains that 24-hours before their audition for The Sing-Off they still hadn’t all officially met.
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 dizzying 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.
Now six months removed from The Sing-Off, Pentatonix – who have all relocated to Los Angeles – have continued to build upon their already fiercely loyal fanbase, introducing a slew of new material via their YouTube channel, including covers of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” and Fun’s “We Are Young.” The two videos – featured by Perez Hilton, The Huffington Post, RyanSeacrest.com and Nightline – have eclipsed 8 million views, collectively, while the channel has quickly reached 13 million views, buoyed by its nearly 120,000 subscribers.
On June 26, Pentatonix will release their debut EP – PTX Volume 1 – courtesy of Madison Gate Records. The release is a celebration of their musical diversity and sonic proof that the right five voices can effectively and expertly deliver a pop song. The EP includes 4 covers, highlighted with the group’s Gotye track, as well as Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” Imogen Heap’s “Aha!” and Jasmine Sullivan’s “Love You Long Time.” Additionally, the EP also includes two original songs.
Pentatonix will be supporting PTX Volume 1 on the road and online throughout the summer and fall, as well as continuing to create new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what a cappella music is and just how big it can be.
Alexander Cardinale (Xander) was raised on the central coast in Monterey, CA. He now lives in L.A. where he works as a professional singer, songwriter, producer & actor. He has worked as an actor in Films, TV and Web Shows. Alexander can be seen in his first starring role as “Hank” in Chad Peter’s dark comedy “Apocalypse, CA” now available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes.
Alexander has a recording studio located in North Hollywood. There, he and his writing partner/producer, MORGAN TAYLOR REID, write/record Alexander’s music. Morgan also produces 7Lions (2101/Universal) Plug-in Stereo (Atlantic) & Shane Harper (AMI/Universal) among others. Morgan has been producing Alexander since they first met at M.I. in 2005.
Recently, Alexander’s song “Sick Of Dreaming,” was the featured music montage in episodes of One Tree Hill on The CW and ABC’s Rookie Blue. Other TV placements include episodes of Ghost Whisperer (CBS), Castle (ABC), Friends With Benefits (NBC) and 90210 (CW). Alexander has also done co-writes (top-line) for other artists.
Last spring Alexander launched his fan pages online. In just a few short months he now has a dedicated following of over 100,000 fans on his Facebook & Twitter pages, alone. (250,000 total weekly fan reach online) He averages 200+ new fans everyday. The word seems to be spreading via electronic grass roots about his music.
This year Alexander WON the USA Songwriting Competition. He showcased @ SXSW 2011 and will again in 2012. He has 5 showcases at SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX. He also showcased at The Indie Music Fest, NAMM, and DRIVEN Music & Art Conference in 2011. He’s been a finalist in the national and international competitions Acoustic Live, Amercian Idol Underground, The UK Songwriting Contest and the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC). He was also nominated for Best AAA/Adult Contemporary Artist of 2011 by the HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards). Music Connection Magazine named Alexander Cardinale one of their “HOT 100 UNSIGNED ARTISTS” in the December 2011 issue.
Today, he continues to perform live, establishing his position as an emotionally revealing and talented new artist. He’s played live from L.A. to NY, Las Vegas to Florida… and Austin via SXSW.
In the current singer/songwriter renaissance, Alexander Cardinale hopes to stand out with his dense, contagious melodies and honest, poetic lyricism.