GRAMMY WINNING MEMBER OF VOCAL QUINTET PENTATONIX READIES DEBUT SOLO EP
LAUNCHES ITUNES PREORDER ALONGSIDE COVER OF SAM SMITH’S “STAY WITH ME”
CURRENTLY #1 ON ITUNES CLASSICAL TOP ALBUM CHART; “STAY WITH ME” ALSO #1 ON ITUNES CLASSICAL TOP SONGS CHART
February 11, 2014 – Fresh off his Grammy win as a member of platinum-selling, vocal quintet Pentatonix, Kevin “K.O.” Olusola – cellist, beatboxer, producer – has launched the preorder for his debut solo effort – The Renegade EP – via iTunes. Less than an hour after the EP surfaced on iTunes, The Renegade EP, which features Olusola’s now famous celloboxing (simultaneously playing cello and beatboxing), landed at #1 on the Classical Album Chart. Simultaneously, his rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” shot to #1 on the Classical Singles Chart, undoubtedly buoyed by its companion music video, which Olusola debuted on YouTube in conjunction with the EP’s pre-order. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant grat of “Stay With Me.”
In addition to the Sam Smith cover, the 5 track EP also includes arrangements of John Legend’s “All Of Me” and Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack,” as well as the original composition and title track “Renegade” and “Julie-O,” which Olusola originally performed in 2011 via a YouTube video that garnered worldwide acclaim (and millions of YouTube views).
Along with his presenter spot with Pentatonix on Sunday at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Kevin also was a featured cellist in Pharrell’s performance of “Happy.”
The Renegade EP Tracklist
1. Julie – O
3. All of Me
4. Heart Attack
5. Stay With Me
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Kevin Olusola (pronounced Olú-shola) is most commonly known as one fifth of the Grammy winning / platinum selling group Pentatonix. At an early age, Olusola began learning piano, cello and saxophone. He performed at Carnegie Hall twice as soloist on the cello and saxophone and has appeared on NPR’s “From The Top.” Olusola enrolled in Yale University where he was pre-med and majored in East Asian Studies. He spent 18 months in Beijing becoming fluent in Chinese as a part of his Yale fellowship. He later went on to win second place in the “Celebrate and Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma” international competition. Ma called Olusola’s celloboxing version of “Dona Nobis Pacem” both “inventive and unexpected.” In 2011, Olusola’s “Julie-O” celloboxing YouTube video was featured by CBS, AOL, Huffington Post and Washington Post, among others. He was also named one of 100 “History Makers in the Making” by NBC’s TheGrio and was hand-chosen by Quincy Jones to represent him in concert at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival alongside Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea.