A Pentatonix Christmas is the fifth studio album from American a cappella group Pentatonix. The album is the group’s second full-length holiday album. It features their interpretations of the traditional holiday favorites like “Silent Night”, “Mary Did You Know,” and more. Listed below are some of the songs from A Pentatonix Christmas. You’ll also want to check out their rendition of “Can’t Sleep Love” and “Mary Did You Know.”
Pentatonix’s “White Winter Hymnal”
While this Christmas classic is a holiday staple, Pentatonix have taken the song one step further with a new cover. The song is from the group’s second Christmas album, White Winter Hymnal, and was uploaded to YouTube on October 21. The group’s performance has since racked up over 180 million plays. While it is not a Christmas carol per se, its ambiguous lyrics are a welcome change.
The recording has received increasing media attention each year, with Spotify reporting that it has received 30% more streams during the past three months than in the same period of 2020. The recording has also brought the songwriter a windfall with commercials for the Spanish lottery. Despite this, the song does not make an appearance on the new album by Fleet Foxes, which released a new album.
The band’s version of Fleet Foxes’ hit “White Christmas Hymnal” is equally charming. Pentatonix’s a cappella style is evident, and they use a variety of body percussion. In addition to a repeating vocal phrase and contrasting wordless sections, the group makes the song accessible and enjoyable to rehearse.
The band’s song has a carol-like quality with lush vocals, and layered melodies. One song is a tribute to the French Revolution. Another is a cover of a song by the group’s favorite pop star, Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” Similarly, X Factor’s eighth-season performance of Stromae, which features a soaring tenor, is a great example of the power of a cappella.
Their rendition of “Silent Night”
While many singers perform “Silent Night” at Christmas, few do it as well as Melvin Franklin and David Ruffin. As the lead singers on several hits, these men showcase their impressive vocal range and harmony. Listening to them sing “Silent Night” is like a temperature change. Moreover, they are able to bring the song to life with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll.
The two musicians are not connected with any company, which may benefit from this article. The composition of the song dates back to the 18th century. Mohr played guitar while Gruber sang bass. The song first came to prominence at a St. Nicholas church in Austria. From there, it spread throughout Europe and eventually landed in the United States. The music reflected the daily sounds of the Salzach River.
While the melody of “Silent Night” has been a staple of Christmas music for two centuries, the song is actually quite old. It was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, a schoolmaster who also served as organist in the Old St. Nicholas Church. Mohr and Gruber’s version were performed for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1818. The song has since been performed by numerous artists. Bing Crosby’s early rendition of “Silent Night” is a Christmas classic, perfectly matching the lyrics.
In 1817, Mohr transferred to the Oberndorf parish. He commissioned Franz Xaver Gruber, a local organist and schoolteacher, to compose music for the hymn. The two sang “Silent Night” together for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1818, accompanied by the guitar. Mohr’s congregation included people who lived in the salt trade and boat building industry.
Their rendition of “Mary Did You Know”
This new version of the popular hymn features diverse vocal ranges and emphasizes the small gathering of inquisitive narrators. Five different vocalists ask Mary questions at various points in the song, doubling the sense of wonder. The song’s lyrics have inspired numerous covers, from Michael W. Smith to Mary J. Blige. And while the song is not a masterpiece, it is a welcome addition to the hymn repertoire.
Lowry’s words and music for “Mary Did You Know?” were first recorded in 1984, while he was on tour with Bill and Gloria Gaither. It was later recorded by Christian singer Michael English, who helped popularize it worldwide. Lowry has also recorded his own rendition of the song many times, including a duet with country singer Carrie Underwood and the Christian duo Voctave. While Lowry has recorded his own version several times, his most notable cover is his collaboration with the renowned Christian group Voctave in 2016. The vocal duo is also responsible for Jordan Smith’s best-selling rendition of the song, which also became a hit in his debut album as a member of The Voice.
The band’s version of “Mary Did You Know” is an excellent example of Christian boy-band harmony. The song features soft vocal harmonies and piano accompaniment, giving it a rich emotional texture without over-emotionalizing the narrator. The band was formerly known as Yellow Cavalier, and has released several EPs. They have also reached the Christian song charts.
Another good example of a capella singing is the work of Brothers Katina. The five brothers hail from American Samoa, and their rendition of Mary, Did You Know? was featured on their 2009 album You’re Here. The song features lush piano and string accompaniments. This album was released in 2004, and McKeown assembled a talented group of musicians to perform the song. It is also notable for its unique a cappella style.
Their rendition of “Can’t Sleep Love”
Their rendition of “Can’t Sleep Love,” from their eponymous debut studio album, is a perfect example of this. The song features Chicago rapper Tink, whose catchy verse plays up the love angle in a subtle way. Tink’s verse adds a little more juice to a track that’s already infectious. You might even find yourself singing along to the song, too.
Pentatonix’s rendition of the hit song premiered alongside a colorful music video. It describes the feeling of being too excited to sleep. The band arranged the song with an a cappella style and produced an impressive music video that was easily suitable for radio play. A cappella arrangements are common in pop songs, so the vocalists sound like they are backed by a live band.