Season 3 winners of the hit television show “The Sing-Off” are making their way to West Des Moines on Wednesday. Pentatonix’s all-ages show at Val Air Ballroom will kick of at 7pm (doors at 6pm) with a $25 ticket purchase. But before you head out that way to see their a cappella awesomesness, read on for a little history on the group.
A real-life “Glee” story brought the members of Pentatonix together. The three founding members–Kirsten Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying (our interviewee) went to high school together in Arlington, Texas. After meeting up to put together a musical arrangement in an attempt to win a radio show contest to meet the cast of “Glee,” the trio came up with this rendition of “Telephone.” They weren’t chosen as the winners, but they did grab some local popularity. Eventually, they graduated and went their separate ways.
Scott became aware of “The Sing-Off” from a fellow member in his college a cappella group “SoCal VoCals” and contacted Kirsten and Mitch. They agreed to try out, but the show required five members in each group. This is where Avriel Kaplan (a mutual friend of the founding members) and Kevin Olusola (found on YouTube) come into play. They made it past the try-outs and on to the show. The college students dropped to take on their music-making full-time during the show and the rest is musical history. Take a listen to our interview with founding member Scott Hoying as he talks about the biggest obstacles in transitioning from the local stage to international speakers, his local music scene, and the importance of YouTube.
Scott Hoying of Pentatonix (Click to play)