A big win is bringing big changes to the life of one Visalia singer. Avi Kaplan and his group members of Pentatonix won NBC’s “Sing-Off” Monday night.
It was talent that helped them score a spot on the show, and perseverance and strong performances that helped them win it all Monday night. “The winner is….Pentatonix,” screamed the “Sing-Off’s” host Nick Lachey.
“It was unbelievable. I’ve been working for this for 9 years now,” says Visalia native Avi Kaplan who is the group’s bass singer. It was a moment shared with his best friends on stage and his parents who were sitting only rows away.
It’s a win that is changing the fab five’s lives. “We’re all moving to LA. We’re all moving closer to the city some are moving from Texas another Kentucky,” says Kaplan.
There was no down time for the group during the competition and there is none now. Pentatonix is ready to sing. “We have gigs lined up; we want to stay with the fan support, “says Kaplan.
With $200,000 in their pockets and a recording contract, this is just the beginning. “Their dream’s unfolding, really the sky's the limit,” says Avi’s dad Michael Kaplan.
Avi Kaplan is the man behind the music; he and Kevin Olusola create the rhythm. Pentatonix hopes the win will take their acapella group mainstream. “We want our CD to stay true to our sound; it will have an electronic fee’,” says Kaplan.
The ‘sound of the future’ is what the judges called it; a future is what Avi and his group hope to make of it. “This is what I love, this is what I feel born to do,” says Kaplan. “We were in tears last night. During the competition Avi kept telling us I’m going to make you proud Dad; I told him you already made us proud,” says Kaplan’s dad Michael.
Pentatonix will perform December 5th on the “Sing-off Christmas Special”. It will air on KSEE 24.
Christina Lusby Reporting.