A five-person a cappella group based out of Arlington, Texas, Pentatonix are best known for winning the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011. Formed by high-school friends Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying, the group got its initial start after its version of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga's "Telephone," recorded for a local Glee-related contest, started garnering attention on YouTube. The band then added members Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, renamed itself Pentatonix, and auditioned for The Sing-Off.
Standing out for their unexpected stylistic range, which found them covering songs in such styles as electronica, reggae, R&B, dubstep, and more, Pentatonix ultimately won The Sing-Off performing Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." They released a debut EP, PTX, Vol. 1, in 2012, featuring versions of "Starships" by Nicki Minaj and "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. The inevitable PTXmas followed later that year, and another EP the following year, PTX, Vol. 2, featured versions of "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and "I Need Your Love" by Calvin Harris. Late in 2014, PTX, Vol. 3 included three originals and four covers, including "Problem" by Ariana Grande and a version of Disclosure's "Latch" called "La La Latch." October of 2014 brought their second holiday release, That's Christmas to Me. ~ Matt Collar