Kevin Olusola is an American singer, musician, and beatboxer, who has a net worth of $8 million
Kevin Olusola grew up in a small town in Owensboro, the son of a Nigerian psychiatrist and a Grenadian nurse. At his young age, Kevin started learning piano, cello, and saxophone. He presented Carnegie Hall 2 times as a cello and saxophone soloist and appeared on NPR’s “from the top”.
After finishing school at Phillips Androver Academy, Kevin joined Yale University where he was a pre-middle student in East Asian studies. While the school, Kevin embarked on developing his skills in celloboxing in 2009, he won second place in the international “Celebration and Collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma” competition. In 2011, Kevin’s YouTube video of “Julie-O” in celloboxing was introduced by CBS, AOL, Huffington post, and Washington post, among others.
He joined to Pentatonix. Pentatonix originated in 2010, when Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstin ‘Kirstie’ Maldonado, while still students at their Martin High School High School in Arlington, decided to attend a cast for the TV series Glee. The three recorded a video making a trio version of “Telephone” and hung it on YouTube. Although they were not chosen, they gained a lot of attention in their school and city, where the trio began to act. Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado graduated from Martin High School in 2010. Hoying was admitted to the University of Southern California, where he attended a degree in Popular Music, while Maldonado attended a degree in Music Theater at the University of Oklahoma. Grassi, the youngest member of the trio, was still in his senior year of high school.
While at USC, Scott Hoying joined a chapel group called SoCal VoCals. He learned of the casting for The Sing-Off through another member of that group, Ben Bram (current producer, sound engineer, and arranger of Pentatonix) which encouraged him to perform at the audition. Hoying convinced Kirstie and Mitch, but they needed two more members to perform the rhythm section (a bass and a beatboxer). Scott met Avriel “Avi” Kaplan, a renowned bass player in the chapel community, through a mutual friend. Later, the quartet discovered Kevin ‘K. OR.’ Olusola through one of his popular videos uploaded to YouTube, where he performed beatboxing and played his cello at the same time (a pioneering practice called “celloboxing”). Kevin graduated from Yale, is Pre-Med, and also speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently Who studied a year in China.
Pentatonix reunited as a group for the first time the day before the first audition for the reality shows The Sing-Off. Mitch Grassi did not show up for her graduation ceremony to be able to arrive in time for the audition. The quintet successfully passed the casting, became part of the program and thanks to their excellent performances won the third season of the contest, obtaining $ 200,000 and a record deal with Sony Music.
The name Pentatonix, as Scott Hoying tells it, was chosen in relation to the pentatonic scale, a scale or mode with five notes per octave. The group thought that the name of the pentatonic scale was ideal, since it represented the five members of the group, so they replaced the last letters by an x so that it sounded better. The quintet admits that it has influence from pop, dubstep, electro, R & B and hip-hop.