His bass is so smooth, it earned him a special award at the collegiate a cappella championships.
The lone lady cast off her show-choir roots to embrace five-part harmony, thank God.
Songwriter. Pianist. Baritone. PTX’s tallest member can produce vocal runs for days.
A tenor and the group’s youngest member, he’s been referredto as the “secret weapon.”
Not only does he beatbox, he “celloboxes.” YouTube it. And he’s fluent in Mandarin.
A cappella, long regarded as pop’s nerdy cousin, has doo-wah-diddied its way into the mainstream. Leading the charge is Pentatonix, a local quintet that won season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off. The group’s arrangements showcase original tunes and diverse covers (everything from Beyoncé to Korean rapper Psy).
Think you’re hearing an instrument or two? That’s Kevin Olusola, a beatboxing demigod whose snare drum and crash cymbal sound effects are anchored by Avi Kaplan’s bass. Harmonies from Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstie Maldonado add the final layers. In the middle of a sold-out world tour, the group performs at the Orpheum Theatre on March 1 and 2. That’s music to our ears, no auto-tune required.