LOS ANGELES, CA (June 26, 2012) - Pentatonix, the season 3 winners of the NBC a cappella singing competition series, THE SING-OFF, will release their debut EP, "PTX VOLUME 1," today on Madison Gate Records via iTunes. Described by Rollingstone.com to possess an "impossibly full sound," the five-member band, named for the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, is comprised of lead vocalists Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado with vocal bass by Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin Olusola, each who arrange all their own music using only their vocals as instruments.
Pentatonix burst onto the scene last fall by entering the a cappella singing competition series, THE SING-OFF. It was their modern approach, drawing influences from several eclectic musical genres, including dubstep and electronica, which set them apart from the rest, eventually crowning them champions. Their debut EP includes unique a cappella covers of some of pop music's biggest hits like "Starships" (Nicki Minaj) and "Love You Long Time" (Jazmine Sullivan) as well as two original tracks "The Baddest Girl" and "Show You How To Love."
"This EP features a wide collection of music that we feel demonstrates the unique sound we create together," said Scott of Pentatonix. "Our experience on THE SING-OFF helped us discover what we are capable of as a group and this EP illustrates our growth since we first came together just one year ago for the show."
"What Pentatonix creates is simply magic," said Shelly Bunge, Executive at Madison Gate Records. "Separately, each member of Pentatonix is a very talented artist, but together, they create arrangements and harmonies that are uniquely their own. PTX Volume 1 showcases their exceptional talents and we couldn't be more excited to work with this amazing group."
Since being crowned champions on THE SING-OFF, the band relocated to Los Angeles and has performed as an opening act for CeeLo Green and alongside Chris Brown at the NBA All-Star game in February. Continuing to build their online fan base, Pentatonix has been championed by the likes of Huffington Post, Ryan Seacrest and Perez Hilton, and has released video covers on their YouTube channel, garnering almost 15 million views and 125,000 subscribers. Click here to view the Pentatonix YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ptxofficial?feature=results_main
Pentatonix has begun planning fall shows to support their EP release, including headline shows at New York City's BB King's (9/12), Los Angeles' Roxy Theater (9/25) and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall (9/28). Full tour dates will be announced soon.
Complete Track List:
A cover of Fun.'s "We Are Young" serves as an iTunes album-only exclusive.
**Pentatonix original songs
The EP is available on the iTunes Store on June 26th and will be available through other digital retailers starting July 3rd.
A cappella sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC's THE SING- OFF, Pentatonix is taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Named for 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 has quickly cultivated a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious. Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beat boxer Kevin Olusola. For more information go to www.PTXofficial.com.
About Madison Gate Records:
Madison Gate Records is the in-house, independent record label of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The label was founded in 2010 to create, distribute and market music and related products from today's top films and television programs. For more information go to www.Facebook.com/MadisonGateRecords.
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