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November 14, 2011

Arlington Trio Shines

Fort Worth Star Telegram:

Over the past decade or so, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kirstie Maldonado have sung their way into hearts and souls across North Texas. All three made a mark at Martin High, regularly winning spots on the UIL all-state choir. Before that, Grassi and Maldonado were mainstays at Theatre Arlington, while Hoying could be found at places like CATS and Johnnie High's Country Music Revue.

Now the tight-knit trio is giving America a taste of its talents, competing on NBC's The Sing-Off. On Monday night's episode, Pentatonix, which also has two other members, made it into the final five. At stake: $200,000 and a Sony Music recording contract.

From making their own YouTube videos to the bright lights of L.A.: If the college years are about leaving home and exploring the world, then the three, through hours of toil and a little serendipity, have made every musical note count.

The practical: "I think we've all grown so much as musicians, but more importantly, as individuals," said Grassi, 19. "We've learned to work hard under extreme stress, as well as tolerance and understanding toward new ideas."

The creative: "We are making music with just our voices, and we're doing it in a way it's never been done before," said Hoying, 20, the frontman. "I feel like I'm creating a successful band with my best friends, and it honestly is the best feeling in the world performing with them."

The memorable: Maldonado, 19, called the experience "amazing, incredible, life-changing. I'm humbled to have worked with such amazing people as a performer and as a person," she said. Read more.

Pentatonix just nailed it this week on the Sing-Off. And they are barely out of High School. Great talent!

Posted by acapnews at November 14, 2011 10:47 PM

Comments

pentatonix should win...

i love their musicality.

Posted by: john online at November 15, 2011 6:19 AM

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