Pentatonix continues to raise Christmas album quality

Emily Ruthven, Around Creek Editor

The popular a capella group, Penatonix, raised the Christmas album standards to new heights when the they released their new holiday album entitled That’s Christmas to Me through RCA Records, complete with fresh modern takes on Christmas classics such as Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Mary Did You Know, Silent Night, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The album even contains a bonus track covering the viral Let it Go, from the popular Disney movie, Frozen.

Due to the fact that the album was released in the middle of October, Penatonix was singing Christmas songs in early autumn.

“It’s always really fun- there’s only really one or two months where you can sing Christmas songs, so we put all this hard work into this album. I love singing Christmas songs every chance we get. Its really cute,” said Kirstie Maldanado.

It has been two years since Penatonix released their first Christmas album, PTXmas. This album included Angels We Have Heard on High, O Holy Night, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Carol of the Bells, The Christmas Song, and This Christmas.

“I think this album’s more creative than our last one. Our last album is just typical Christmas songs with really pretty a capella arrangements. But this one, I feel there’s more concepts and ideas,” said Scott Hoying, a lead vocalist of the quintet.

While working on That’s Christmas to Me, Penatonix was also in the middle of producing their first major album release, PTX Vol. III.

“Different people want totally different things off of each album, so getting the spirit of each one was interesting. The whole time, we felt really productive, even if it was stressful. Then we finally did it, it still blows my mind,” said Avi Kaplan.

Despite the stress of forming two albums at once, Penatonix fans have been raving over That’s Christmas to Me.

“This may just be their best album yet. They’ve turned classic Christmas songs into a capella masterpieces. This album is flawless,” said Penatonix super fan Luke Somerville.

Fans and critics can agree that Penatonix’s new album is one to remember.

“That’s Christmas to me is a great listen for both the sheer pleasure of having it on in the background while you decorate the Christmas tree, and for the stellar display of the capabilities of the human voice. It showcases the unique talents of each vocalist whilst blending them all toger5her smoothly and offer a young, modern take on some well know, yet extremely over visited Christmas classics,” said Aisleen Evans of

Penatonix derived the majority of their fame from their victory of season three of NBC’s, The Sing Off. The popular name, Pentatonix, is derived from the world’s most widely recognized five-note music scale called the Penatonic scale. After finishing The Sing Off, Penatonix moved to Los Angeles to release two EPs: PTX Vol. 1 and PTXmas. Things have only been uphill for Penatonix, with their appearances on Sesame Street, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, The Katie Couric Show and the America Music Awards Red Carpet Show. They have also toured North America twice, in which the consistently sold-out venues and a European tour, in which they also sold out in its entirety.

Aside from touring and performing, Penatonix also runs an extremely successful YouTube Channel that includes widely popular videos, such as a Daft Punk Medley, which has more than 100 million views.