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Pentatonix Introduces Their New Member In New Christmas Cover

If you haven't heard of Pentatonix in the past couple of years, where have you been? The a cappella group has become an international sensation with their pop-style arrangements of classics and their spine-tingling harmonies.

The group has sold more than 6.4 million albums in the United States alone. They have also won three Grammy awards, and have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. The group had its first big break when they won the reality show, The Sing-Off, in 2011. They won $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony, but they were dropped almost immediately after.

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After they were dropped, the group started up their YouTube channel and gained over 2.7 billion views. Their music began getting distributed through Madison Gate Records, and in 2012 their first EP was released.

The original members were Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Avi Kaplan. They really shot to fame after covering Dolly Parton's Jolene, with Dolly herself. But after years of service to the group, Avi decided to leave. Fans were left broken-hearted, wondering who would replace the vocal bass and percussion hole.

After about six months of speculating, Pentatonix finally revealed their new member, and they did it with a new cover of a Christmas classic.

Pentatonix introduced Matt Sallee as their new member, and it seems like he's fitting right in! The group made the announcement on Instagram in October, assuring fans this was a good choice.

"You might see or hear the wonderfully deep voice of Matt Sallee, who we are very fortunate to have joining us for the holiday season.  We love Matt and we think you’ll love him too."

"If you happen to be at our holiday special taping or you’re at any of our shows this winter or you’re listening to our performance of "Deck the Halls” on A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe (and, eventually, watching its video), you might see or hear the wonderfully deep voice of Matt Sallee, who we are very fortunate to have joining us for the holiday season.  We love Matt and we think you’ll love him too.  We took this picture on set of our “Deck the Halls” Guys! So it's official! I am so honored to be singing with @ptxofficial!!! They have been nothing but the most humble and sweet human beings in the world and I'm so blessed and humbled to work with a group of people I have looked up to for such a long time. Dreams do come true people! I'm living proof of it 😌💚

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Sallee, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, confirmed the news with his own excited words.

"Guys! So it's official! I am so honored to be singing with @ptxofficial!!! They have been nothing but the most humble and sweet human beings in the world and I'm so blessed and humbled to work with a group of people I have looked up to for such a long time. Dreams do come true people! I'm living proof of it."

Sallee's talents had yet to be heard, but now fans are getting a look at just how good he is.

Doesn't he sound amazing? And he looks like he's loving life, too! Are you a big fan of Pentatonix?

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