Most of my blogs have been covering everything Marvel and College Basketball and football. I thought I take the time to tell you about my favorite music. Now, I love to listen to different genres. Classical, Jazz, hip hop, and even a little country. I do have favorite artists like Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly and even the old boy band Nsync. But, the one music group that I give my time and devotion to is Pentatonix. Don’t know who that is? Google them and watch any of their videos right now and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Once you’ve done that, you can continue reading on.
Due to the success they’ve had in recent years, I wouldn’t be surprised if you know of them. I’ve been following this group ever since they came together on NBC’s The Sing Off back in 2011. After winning the show, the powerhouse 5 struggled to bring their talents to mainstream. They did win a Sony Music recording contract after the show but were dropped a few months later because Sony stated that a Capella could never be in main stream. They were wrong. Pentatonix went to Youtube to continue their work. They uploaded numerous videos and gained followers and fans in the process. The group was later picked up by Madison Gate Records where they released 2 EP’s and a Christmas album. In 2014, they signed with RCA records where they released their 4th EP, a full length original album and another Christmas album which became the highest-charting holiday album by a group since 1962, and the 4th best-selling album in the U.S. in 2014. They’ve also received Grammy nominations in 2015 and 2016 for their arrangements on Daft Punk and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and won them both. Since 2013, they’ve headlined in their own tours at sold out venues across the nation and the globe. They even opened for Kelly Clarkson on her Piece by Piece tour. I like to define Pentatonix as underdogs. While on The Sing Off, they competed against the best a Capella groups in the nation. After they won, it was them against the world and the music industry. Being a Pentaholic (die-hard fan of Pentatonix), I’m so proud on this journey they’ve had. They stayed true to themselves and believed whole heartedly that they can bring back a Capella to mainstream media and they’ve done that in 5 years. Members of the group Scott, Mitch, Kirstie, Avi and Kevin are all so wonderful because they appreciate their fans and they deliver every single time. They always take to social media so they can continue to connect with fans and that’s what makes them so incredible. I can follow their Instagram posts and tweets while I’m at home eating dinner. Every now and then, they upload a recent cover on Youtube so their fans can see what work they’re creating. That connection between fans makes them different from other mainstream artists. They value their fans and takes their time to get to know them. I know, because I’ve met them before.
Back in 2013, their first year on tour, they came to Cincinnati at Bogart’s. Being a poor college student, I desperately wanted to go but couldn’t afford it. However, there was a contest to win 2 free tickets for the show. Just so you know, I rarely apply for any contests because I know my luck and I don’t win. But in this case, I applied and actually won! When I went to the show, it was so breath taking to see them live. They performed most of the covers they uploaded on youtube and also songs from their sing off days. After the show, my friend that was with me had the great idea to wait by their tour bus and see if we can meet them. We waited for about 30 minutes until the beatbox master himself, Kevin Olusola came out and met me first!
It was then followed by Scott, then Avi, and Kirstie. We didn’t meet Mitch because he was sick after the concert and immediately went to the tour bus. I would say there was about 30 of us waiting to see them but those 4 took their time and talked to every fan. They were so nice and weren’t stubborn or anything. I remember talking to Scott about the sing off days and he told us that some songs were legitimately rehearsed at the last second because the group was freaking out. We also talked about Nick Lachey and his new show, The Winner Is…I almost flipped out when I was talking to Kirstie because I have a crush on her (even though she has a boyfriend) and never really talked to a girl celebrity before. But they were all so humble and spent the entire night talking to us.
Going from the bottom to where they are no, its no surprise they have such a huge fan base following them and going to every concert. I havn’t gone to one of their shows since 2013 but I’m actually traveling to Nashville to see them in a couple weeks! I will talk about their upcoming tour and my experience in another post. But I’m so proud to call myself a Pentaholic and I’ll forever be one til the day I die.