Merry Christmas Everyone!
Usually, I go crazy in the month of December sharing loads of holiday-themed blog posts. I am running a bit late this year, for various reasons, and I do apologize. As they say, better late than never! I am starting with one of my favorite aspects of Christmas: THE CAROLS!
Last year I shared a number of live performance videos which are my favorites. Topping the list in the contemporary recording artist list is the acapella group Pentatonix. Personally, I think they are phenomenally talented and their harmonizing never fails to elicit goosebumps and send chills up my spine. My favorite Pentatonix performance is Mary, Did You Know? from 2014. In large part, this is because the song itself is in my top five Christmas carols list, but the way Pentatonix arranges the song is amazing, as is the filming in the video. I am sharing it first and will follow with a selection of videos I have not shared on my blog before.
Pentatonix is amazingly generous in freely sharing their talent. I strongly encourage everyone to visit their YouTube Channel — PTXofficial — with hundreds of videos. Not all are Christmas songs, by the way. If interested, Pentatonix can be followed on Facebook and more information is on their website: PTXofficial.com where the Christmas spirit is in full sway. The quote below is a brief summary from the Facebook page–
Pentatonix has that special a cappella swag, something that most singing groups tend to lack. They can sing, dance, harmonize and put together a respectable arrangement in just minutes. Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, and Kirstie Maldonado formed a trio during high school together in Arlington, Texas. They added the final two members, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, the day before their audition on Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, and PTX was born. They ended up winning “The Sing-Off”, and since then have been making strides in the music industry with their modern style and electronic sounds. Their debut EP, “PTX Volume 1”, was released on June 26th, 2012 and was supported by their inaugural headlining tour during fall and winter.
This last one is not a Christmas carol in the technical sense, but since Christmas is ALL about Jesus Christ, God in the Flesh born in a manger, How Great Thou Art! qualifies in my book. Plus, this is simply SO amazing with the addition of the superlative Jennifer Hudson. Enjoy!