|Also known as:||Kirstin Maldonado|
|Born:||May 16, 1992|
Fort Worth, Texas
|Bra/cup size:||34C (75C)|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight:||147 lb (67 kg)|
Kirstie Maldonado is an American singer, songwriter and reality show winner. She is a lead singer and co-owner of the a cappella group Pentatonix. Maldonado and the rest of Pentatonix won season 3 of NBC's reality show The Sing-Off. They also use Youtube to release their own music videos and communicate with their fans.
Kirstie has been friends with fellow Pentatonix members Mitch Grassi since she was 8, and Scott Hoying since they were in high school. She developed her vocal and performance skills while touring with Theatre Arlington for eight years. Maldonado received classical training during high school and was a member of the Texas All State Choir for three years. She is a National Hispanic Scholar and was a music theater major at the University of Oklahoma before joining Pentatonix.
While attending USC during his freshman year, Scott decided to apply to The Sing-Off. He quickly added his friends Kirstie and Mitch to the band. Wanting more vocal talent, Scott recruited Avi Kaplan to provice vocal bass, and cello-boxer (combining beatboxing with playing the cello simultaneously) Kevin "K.O." Olusola. Only 24 hours before their audition for The Sing-Off all five members had not officially met.
Pentatonix perfected their sound (and their chemistry) throughout the season, naturally developing a signature style and a knack for arranging songs that pulled equally from the five individuals’ strengths. Despite drawing from a dizzyingly eclectic set of musical genres – the group cites pop, jazz, r&b, indie, folk, dubstep and electronica as just a few of their inspirations – the quintet seemed to mesh magically, evident in their modern interpretation of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” or their epic adaptation of Florence and the Machines’ “The Dog Days Are Over.” Before long, Pentatonix had become a legitimate musical force, armed with a collective confidence and swagger that would eventually propel them to win the competition.
After The Sing Off, Pentatonix relocated to Los Angeles where they produced and released 2 EP’s – PTX Vol 1 & PTXmas (both via Madison Gate Records) – each time debuting on Billboard’s Top 200 and selling more than 125,000 albums. They have twice toured North America, regularly selling out venues that include New York City’s Best Buy Theater and San Francisco’s Warfield Theater and their first ever European Tour sold out in its entirety. The have performed for Quincy Jones at Atlanta’s Fox Theater and were a featured performer for Diana Ross at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Television appearances include performances on Ellen, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, The Katie Couric Show, The Talk, The American Music Awards Red Carpet Show and Sesame Street. Pentatonix have also been regularly featured online by Perez Hilton, RyanSeacrest.com, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and The New York Times.
In addition to their live shows, the Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts more than 300 million views and 4.6 million subscribers, propelled by unparalleled performances of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” (18 million views) and Lorde’s “Royals,” (25 million) as well as the incomparable “Evolution Of Music,” a 4 minute, 36-song live journey through the history of music that has tallied more than 30 million views. The group’s cover collaboration with Lindsey Stirling for Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” has seen more than 50 million views over the two artists’ channels and won in the “Best Response Video” category at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards on November 3, 2013. The group also has more than 985,000 Facebook fans and 225,000 Twitter followers.
Pentatonix new album – PTX Vol 2 – was released on November 5th via Madison Gate Records with 8 new tracks, including 3 original songs and a modern twist on the classic “Hit The Road Jack” with original lyrics. The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.