We have all heard about the Pentatonix(PTX); today’s focus would be on Kevin olusola the beatboxer from PTX.
Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (born October 5, 1988) is an American cellist, beatboxer, saxophonist, pianist, songwriter, producer, and singer. Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of the widely acclaimed vocal band Pentatonix. Olusola was born in Pasadena, California, to Nigerian-born Oluwole Olusola, a psychiatrist, and Grenadian-born Curline Paul, a nurse. At that time, his father had just come from medical school in Nigeria and internship in Trinidad and Tobago to Loma Linda University (a Seventh-day Adventist institution), where he met his wife while she was
doing her MPH. After they married, they moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania (where Kevin’s sister Candace was born) for a short period of time, and
then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for his father to finish residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (where Kevin’s brother Kellon was born).
The PTX group won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, then they released 5 albums which all charted in the top 5 of the
Billboard 200 charts, have sold over 2 million records, and have amassed more than one billion views on their YouTube channel. Olusola has
also been identified as developing the art of
“celloboxing” (playing cello and beatboxing simultaneously). His celloboxing version of Mark Summer’s “Julie-O” went viral in April 2011, which led him to become involved with Pentatonix.
Olusola has performed at prestigious classical
musical festivals such as the Amsterdam Cello
Biennale and the Kronberg Academy Festival,
opened the TED Conference in Vancouver, and was chosen by Quincy Jones to represent him in concert at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival on the same program as Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea. Olusola is fluent in Mandarin.