Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.8 million albums in the U.S. alone, won multiple Grammy Awards, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.4 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 10.1 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2. Their latest release, Pentatonix debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart and is certified gold by the RIAA. The first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” has over 18 million views on YouTube and their most recent holiday album That’s Christmas To Me, is certified double platinum by the RIAA featuring their recent 2016 Grammy winning track, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.”
For those who may not know much about Kelvin Olusola, here are 8 interesting things about him you need to acquaint yourself with:
1) Kevin Olusola is a 26 year old beat-boxer for the American group known as Pentatonix. He was born in the United States to a Nigerian father named Oluwole Olusola who was a psychiatrist, and a Grenadian-born mother Curline Paul who was a nurse.
2) He is a graduate of prestigious Ivy League school, Yale University from where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in East Asian Studies although he initially planned to pursue Medicine. He was also accepted into other top Ivy League schools including Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Brown University. During his academic pursuit at Yale, he got introduced to China and had a brief academic stint there.
3) Kevin is a multi-talented individual who plays the cello, piano and saxophone. In addition to these, he speaks fluent Chinese & Spanish.
4) His foray into music began as far back as when he was 6 months old and his parents discovered his talent after which they enrolled him in music lessons.
5) He started playing the piano at age 4, the cello at age 6, and by the time he was 10 years of age, he had mastered the alto saxophone.
6) While he was studying in Beijing, he started ‘celloboxing’ which involves beat-boxing and playing the cello simultaneously. He honed this skill and then released his celloboxing version of Mark Summer’s “Julie-O” which peaked at number 6 on top site, Reddit. It went on to become a viral sensation on the internet globally.
7) Kevin joined the group, Pentatonix in 2011 and together, they competed in a talent show by America’s NBC called The Sing Off in November that same year. The group went on to win the show after which they were granted a recording contract with Sony Entertainment and a $200,000 cash prize.
8) In February 2015 Grammy Awards, Kevin picked up an award alongside his acapella band, Pentatonix taking home the award in the ‘Arrangement, Instrumental or Acappella’ category for their medley ‘Daft Punk’, a remake of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
This makes him the first Nigerian to win a Grammy. Even though he won it not as a Solo Artist but in a group, this is still a great feat.