|Net Worth:||$40 million|
This article contains all you need to know about sensational musical group Pentatonix. It contains Pentatonix net worth, Background, Tours and so on.
Pentatonix is a multiple award winning acapella group from Arlington, Texas. They became popular for winning a musical competition, The Sing Off in 2011.
This highly successful musical group, made up of young and vibrant members have been a constant feature on the US music charting site, Billboard.
They are also a mainstay in the top 10 of other music charting sites and have completed tours in the United States and some European countries.
Pentatonix is a 5-member group originally formed by;
Kirstin “Kirstie” Maldonado was born on May 16, 1992 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Kristie has Mexican, Spanish and Italian ancestry. She attended Martin High School and studied Musical Theatre Performance major in The University of Oklahoma.
She dropped out of school to pursue a musical career with Pentatonix and she is the only female in the group.
Mitchell “Mitch” Grassi was born on July 24, 1992 in Arlington, Texas. Mitch has an American with Italian, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
Scott Hoying was born on September 17, 1991 in Arlington, Texas. He attended Martin High School and studied at the University of Southern California.
Avriel “Avi” Kaplan was born on April 17, 1989 in Visalia, California, U.S. Avi is Jewish and has a brother and a sister.
Kevin Olusola was born on October 5, 1988 in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S. Kevin has Nigerian ancestry.
His parents moved a lot when he was a kid, as a result Kelvin schooled in Greater Philadelphia Junior Academy, Triplett School, and Phillips Academy Andover.
After graduating from high school, he proceeded to Costa Rica to study Spanish for 4 weeks before going on to pursue a degree in Yale University.
How The Group Was Formed
The 5-member group metamorphosed from a 3-member precursor-group. Kristie, Mitch and Scott are childhood friends who attended same High School.
They attended Martin High School in Arlington, Texas and formed a musical group (name unknown) which engaged in several school activities.
The trio were not as popular in school until they entered a local radio show completion.
The three friends did a cover of the popular song “Telephone” and applied for a competition to meet the cast of Glee. They lost the competition but won the attention of schoolmates.
The Trio would go on to become celebrities in Martin High School, performing at different school functions until they graduated in 2010. Grassi graduated in 2011.
They did several covers of popular American artists and uploaded the songs on Youtube until their much sought after breakthrough.
They did acapella cover of ‘Telephone’ by American pop star Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce and uploaded it onto Youtube.
The cover almost broke the internet as it gained millions of streams and downloads all over the world.
The friends later departed temporally after high school to pursue various degrees from different colleges.
Scott Hoying enrolled to study at the University of Southern California (USC) and while in school, he joined an acapella group, SoCal VoCals.
At school, Hoying found out about the ongoing registration for a popular music completion called The Sing-Off and he thought he would give it a try.
He called his high school and long-time friends Mandano and Grassi to hint them about The Sing-Off and he suggested they enter the competition as a group.
To form a complete acapella group, they thought they might need a bass and a beatboxer. Avi Kaplan was introduced to Hoying Scott by a friend as bass singer.
Avi was already a popular figure before then. He is famous in the acapella community across the United States.
And next was Kelvin Olusola who they knew through YouTube.
Olusola had uploaded a video on YouTube where he was simultaneously beat boxing and playing the cello.
His video was trending on YouTube at the time with massive streaming and downloads so the trio thought of inviting him to join their group.
Olusola accepted their invitation and became the 5th member of the group. They met as a group just a day to the auditions for the 3rd season of The Sing-Off.
They got to work immediately, rehearsed and auditioned successfully for the show which they eventually won in 2011.
How ‘Pentatonix’ Was Coined
The group name was coined from a musical scale or note known as pentatonic scale. The scale contains 5 notes per octave.
Scott Hoying suggested the name to the group to represent the 5 members of the group. The X was included to make the name sound appealing.
Their songs used to be covers of popular music artists when they started and the choice of their songs is usually influenced by pop, dubstep, electro, reggae, hip hop, and classical music.
A timeline of their career include;
Pentatonix was formed by Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Avi Kaplan. But Avi Kaplan departed the group in 2017 and was replaced by Matt Sallee.
Members of the group contribute different musical abilities such as vocal harmonies, bass lines, riffing, percussion and beat boxing.
The group first started off with pop covers of American musicians and they also worked on Christmas songs before going on to release original materials.
The group formed in 2011 and enrolled to take part in the season 3 of the yearly NBC’s The Sing-Off competition, which they won and were rewarded with $200,000.
Along with the award money, the group were also rewarded with a recording deal with Sony Music.
Sony’s Epic record soon dropped the group and they created a YouTube channel to help promote their work.
They also signed with Madison Gate Records to help with distributions.
As at 2018, Pentatonix has over 13 million YouTube subscribers with over 3 billion views. Their channel is among top 50 most subscribed YouTube channels.
In 2017, the group set a record when their cover of Daft Punk song was viewed more than 250 million times.
Their Debut Extended Play titled PTX Volume 1 was dropped in 2012, shortly after the group released another EP, PTXmas.
In 2013, Pentatonix released their 3rd EP titled PTX, Vol. II and it featured on #1 of billboard’s Independent Albums chart. The EP also reached the #10 of Billboard 200.
In 2014, the grouped entered a recording contract with RAC Records, an affiliate label of Sony Music Entertainment.
Later in 2014, Pentatonix dropped their 4th EP tiled, PTX Vol iii along with two other studio albums PTX Vols 1 & 2.
The group would go on to release their 2nd holiday album titled That’s Christmas to Me and the album was certified Platinum on the 24th of December 2014.
By February 2016, the album was certified double platinum by RIAA and it became the highest charting holiday studio album by a group since 1962.
In 2015, the group released a self-named studio album, Pentatonix and it was their first album that consisted of mostly original materials.
The album featured on Billboard 200 chart peaking at #1
In 2016, they later released their 3rd studio album, A Pentatonix Christmas.
In 2017 Pentatonix dropped the Extended Play, PTX, Vol. IV – Classics.
The group enjoyed massive success with their Albums and EP as they were a constant feature in concerts during the holidays and embarking on tours upon tours.
However, fans of the group were left heartbroken when Avi Kaplan, a prominent group member announced he would depart the group citing his inability to keep up with the group’s schedule.
Avi Kaplan departed in May 2017 and was replaced by Matt Sallee the following month. Matt has since featured in one of the Pentatonix’s album, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I.
Pentatonix have been nominated in several Musical award shows and currently have three Grammy Awards to their credit as at 2018.
They are the 1st acapella group to win Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, which they won in 2015 and 2016 and Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2017.
Pentatonix New Member
Pentatonix new member is Matthew Sallee born on December 1, 1993 in San Antonio, Texas. Matt as he is fondly called began to sing from a tender age.
He was a prominent chorister in his Church, where he confessed he learnt a lot of musical skills.
Matt Salle joined Pentatonix as a bass singer in 2017 after the departure of Avi Kaplan.
How Much Do They Make
The group are paid in millions to perform in musical concerts. There is no fixed charge by the group.
The group is known to be strictly private with their earnings but we can confirm they make 7 figures yearly.
Pentatonix Net Worth (2018)
Pentatonix net worth keeps increasing with years. As at 2011 when they won their breakthrough competition, they were rewarded $200,000.
No one, not even the group members knew what Pentatonix net worth would turn out to be in 2018.
The group have sold millions of their recordings and in doing so, they have broken and set different musical records and this have greatly influenced Pentatonix net worth.
The group have also embarked on tours and several sold out concerts and the group also makes a lot of money through this means.
Pentatonix net worth is currently estimated to be $40 million as at 2018.
The group has made it a habit to sit atop of musical charts whenever they release albums.
But, they have not been as active as the used to be when Avi was in the group. We hope new recruit, Matt Sallee is a fit and brings a lot of goodies to the table.
Pentatonix net worth is expected to keep soaring as the group are still together and has never shown any signs of a breakup.