Kevin Olusola Biography
Kevin Olusola is an American musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter, born on October 5, 1988. He is best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band Pentatonix. After the group won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, they released five albums, which all charted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 charts, have sold over 2 million records, and have amassed more than two billion views on their YouTube channel.
Kevin Olusola Age | How Old Is Kevin Olusola
Born on 5th October 1988.
Kevin Olusola Height
He stands at a height of 5 ft 11 inches.
Kevin Olusola Family
Kevin was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Oluwole Olusola, a Nigerian-born psychiatrist, and Curline Paul, Grenadian-born nurse. At the time of his birth, his father had just come from medical school in Nigeria and an internship in Trinidad and Tobago to Loma Linda University, where he met his wife while she was doing her MPH. After the two got 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 his brother Kellon was born.
Kevin Olusola Girlfriend
He is in a relationship with a lady named Alyssa an Asian and of African American ethnicity. Their dating history is not known, but they are in a relationship.
He began his education at Greater Philadelphia Junior Academy, but his family eventually moved to Owensboro, Kentucky where he was raised. He went to the Triplett School, a Montessori-based school, for a short period of time before his parents transferred him to the Owensboro Public School system for their accelerated math program that allowed him to take precalculus starting in the 9th grade. He later decided to enroll at Phillips Academy Andover for 11th grade (upper year).
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He claims that Andover taught him work ethic, tenacity, and discipline. He moved from being an average student to a high honors student in his senior year. He took part in community service such as directing a music program for elementary string students and Spanish-speaking activities, where he led the Spanish language table and went to Costa Rica for four weeks to study Spanish. Olusola chose to attend Yale University, after graduating from Andover.
While at Yale, Olusola planned to pursue medicine and finished all his pre-med requirements. He began as an academic music major, but decided to switch to East Asian Studies after being introduced to China through a 10-day Chinese government sponsored trip for 100 Yale students. During his sophomore year, he lived in Beijing for 6 months through a PKU-Yale joint program and then took a leave of absence during the 2009-2010 academic school year on Yale’s Light Fellowship to study intensive Chinese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Study in Beijing. He was the Director of Communications for a Rhodes Scholar-led non-profit called College Outreach, and he worked as a book monitor in the Yale Law School library and as a practice room monitor at the Yale School of Music. In 2011, he graduated from Yale .
Kevin Olusola Cello | Kevin Olusola Cello Beatbox
His parents discovered his musical talent when he was six months old and decided to put him in music lessons. He began the piano classes at age 4, the cello at age 6, and alto saxophone at age 10. Throughout grade school at Owensboro, Kentucky, he was heavily involved in music programs in school and the community participating in jazz band, marching band, concert band, orchestra, and community youth orchestra. He was selected as the principal saxophonist of the United States Collegiate Wind Band at the age of 12 and toured Europe during the summer for three weeks. He also served as the principal cellist of the Kentucky State Youth Orchestra and received the highest honor at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Kevin soloed and performed in a piano trio at Carnegie Hall as the winner of the American Fine Arts Festival, and soloed a second time on alto saxophone for PBS’s special “From the Top at Carnegie Hall”.
He was one of the principal cellists of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and participated in chamber music. In his junior year he started thinking about music as a career when, that previous summer in Beijing, he began working on “celloboxing”. One of his lecturers at a Harvard summer intensive Chinese program suggested that he should try combining the two abilities. He ranked as runner-up in Yo-Yo Ma’s “Celebrate and Collaborate With Yo-Yo Ma” competition and opened for KRS-One at Southern Connecticut State University. Olusola claims that, during that spring break, his pre-med mentor Brandon Ogbunugafor, a MD/PhD at Yale at the time helped him to make the decision to finally go into music, saying medicine would always be there. Olusola moved to Beijing for his academic year of Chinese study after a summer of neurobiology research at Yale, and continuously honed his celloboxing skills. He began uploading celloboxing covers to his YouTube channel and performed for Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr. at his residence, and on Beijing Television with Li Yu Gang and Chong’er (Chinese beatboxer). Kevin also met KorElement, an American rapper in Beijing, and they did covers on YouTube, in addition to performing together at the American Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Kevin Olusola Julie O
He spent the summer in Beijing after his academic stint in China,working on his celloboxing version of Mark Summer’s “Julie-O” the summer of 2010 while living in a Chinese friend’s apartment as a way to begin expanding his skills. Throughout the year he continued working on it and decided to audition to music schools with it. In the end he decided to enroll in the Berklee School of Music. Olusola was Dduring his spring semester of senior year,nominated for a graduation-day prize along with YouTube sensation Sam Tsui and videotaped “Julie-O” with the help of YouTube star and Yale alum Jake Bruene. On April 14, 2011, he posted the video and by the second week, the video had reached number 6 on Reddit, and had become a viral video on the Internet, garnering national and international acclaim.
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Olusola was after the video’s success, contacted by Scott Hoying and was requested to join his group Pentatonix, joining members Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi to compete in the 3rd season of NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’.They won the competition which landed them a contract with Sony Music Entertainment. Pentatonix later recorded their first album which was released in June 2012. That same year, the group released their Christmas EP titled ‘PTXmas’. The group began recording their second EP titled ‘PTX, Vol. II’ after their winter–spring 2013 tour,which was released in Nov 2013. He also co-wrote four songs for this album: ‘Natural Disaster,’ ‘Hey Momma/Hit the Road Jack,’ ‘Love Again’ and ‘Run to You.’
Kevin Olusola Religion | Kevin Olusola Seventh Day Adventist | Kevin Olusola Adventist
He is a christian who is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. His group Pentatonix has always honored his faith by not performing during the sabbath hours.
He has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Kevin Olusola Songs
- Mary, Did You Know?
- Carol of the Bells
- Little Drummer Boy
- Joy to the World
- Come, All Ye Faithful
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- White Winter Hymnal
- The First Noel
- Deck the Halls
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- That’s Christmas to Me
- Pentatonix Counts to Five
- Daft Punk
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Love Again
- Can’t Sleep Love
- La La Latch
- Rather Be
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
- Evolution of Michael Jackson
- Can’t Help Falling In Love
- I Need Your Love
- Can’t Hold Us
- Say Something
- Evolution of Rihanna
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