The intricate layers, tight harmonies and driving beats of the five-member a cappella group Pentatonix have been wowing audiences since the ensemble first auditioned for the third season of the NBC television show 'The Sing-Off' last year.
The vocal group, named for the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, ended up winning the 2011 contest, but that was just the beginning of the quintet's dreams.
This past June, Pentatonix released its first EP, 'PTX: Volume 1,' which debuted at No. 14 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, the highest ranking an a cappella group has received on the pop music scale of popularity.
'It was definitely a dream come true,' said vocal bassist Avi Kaplan in a recent telephone interview with NH Weekend. 'It was a surprise for sure. We put out the album, hoped our fans would buy it, and they really, really supported us beyond our wildest dreams. And it is really inspiring, too, just to make us feel like we're really doing the right thing with our lives and (that) we should keep on.' In addition to the Kaplan, the ensemble is comprised of Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and beat boxer Kevin 'K.0' Olusola.