Pentatonix. The rise of A-cappella

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Good news! Pentatonix, the a-cappella quintet from Texas, has recorded its own version of Hallelujah and it is included in its new Christmas album. At a time when the release of new Christmas albums gets rarer and rarer by the year, Pentatonix are bringing together new sounds to this year’s celebrations. Their third album A Pentatonix Christmas screams success from the ritzy cover down to its vocals in Hallelujah.

A Pentatonix Christmas is not much different from the regular PTX album. The members put together a mix of some oldies with new hits and then spiced up the brew with one or two new originals. This time around, the role of newbies falls on The Christmas Sing-Along and Good To Be Bad, pop tunes composed by PTX members Scott Hoying and Kevin KO Olusola, which have the makings of potential future Christmas classics. 

Other tunes include the traditional songs O Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the song for Holy Innocents Day, The Coventry Carol. There are some big favourites like White Christmas featuring the great vocal group, and also some pop songs including Coldest Winter by Kanye West, Merry Christmas Happy Holidays by N’Sync and finally the fantastic take on Hallelujah.

For those of you who came late to the PTX fold, you might want to get yourselves a copy of the group’s career making Christmas album That’s Christmas To Me. This includes its interpretation of the moving song to the Blessed Mother, Mary Did You Know. It is generally believed that the recording was what propelled Pentatonix to fame. There is also the Grammy-winning arrangement of the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, from Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker.

Back to PTX’s version of Hallelujah, you can listen to their own version of the song and other songs by them, by clicking on here.

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Sarah Cassar Dymond

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