Acapella Group Pentatonix, the winners of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, scored the top trending video on YouTube with their Christmas song “Mary, Did You Know?” The five-person a cappella group shot the video in a cave using only candles for illumination.
The new song is from Pentatonix’s upcoming holiday album, That’s Christmas to Me, which will be their second full-length Christmas album.
The song “Mary, Did You Know?” was written by gospel singer/comedian Mark Lowry in 1985.
According to their YouTube page, Pentatonix combine eclectic genres to “take instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.” Pentatonix is made up of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola.
The band met the day before the auditions for The Sing-Off on NBC in 2011.
Pentatonix does cover songs from a variety of artists including Lorde and Pharrell Williams.
The five vocalists from Pentatonix come from Arlington, Texas.
Pentatonix began with three friends who grew up together: Kirstin “Kirstie” Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying at Martin High School.
They arranged a trio version of “Telephone” for a radio competition to meet the cast of Glee.
They didn’t win, but Telephone turned out to be a winner on YouTube.
When Pentatonix won the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC they bagged $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony.
They released their debut EP PTX, Volume 1 the next year.
The band followed that up with PTXmas.
Their third release, PTX, Vol.
II, debuted at number 1 on the Independent Albums section of the Billboard 200 in 2013.
In 2014, Pentatonix released of PTX, Vol.
They have sold over 500,000 records.
Pentatonix is named after the pentatonic musical scale which is ar mode with five notes per octave.