Avriel Benjamin "Avi" Kaplan born April 17, is an American singer and songwriter, best known as a past member of the a cappella group Pentatonix. He is known for his deep bass voice , and often acted as the vocal bass of Pentatonix. In May , Kaplan announced that he was leaving Pentatonix following their upcoming tour. In March , he premiered a new song, "Change on the Rise," now resuming using the name Avi Kaplan. Kaplan is a three-time Grammy Award winner, as a part of Pentatonix. Avriel Benjamin Kaplan was born in Visalia, California , where he was also raised.
By Erin Nyren. In an emotional video released Friday, Avi Kaplan announced his departure from a cappella group Pentatonix. Kaplan stated that he had been struggling with the decision for a while, and thanked fans for their support over the past six years. He also wished the remaining members of the now four-person group well. I would never, ever want that. Kaplan, who sang bass for the group, said he will continue to create music. The singer held back tears as he expressed his hope that their fans would understand his decision to go with his heart. He added that he will still be performing in all of their upcoming tour dates. However, Maldonado has yet to release any public statements about new work.
He and Kevin agreed to join Scott , Kirstin and Mitch to form a band to compete in the NBC singing competition The Sing-Off , and has since gone on to record and tour with Pentatonix, becoming a notable influence in their sound. In he announced that he was leaving the group. Because of the name, many have mistakening it for being a new group, but the Sequoias are a large group of giant trees in California, that are the inspiration for Avi's love for the forest. Avi is 5' 11". He has dark brown hair, which is most often seen pulled back into a low "man bun". Avi Kaplan was born and raised in the small town of Visalia, California, but moved to Upland, California, in to attend school at Mt. Avi Kaplan is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a capella. San Antonio College, known worldwide for their strong choral and a capella tradition. In he joined Fermata Nowhere, a high-energy male a capella group that became the first community college a capella entrants to win the prestigious ICCA.
Leaving Pentatonix to launch a solo career wasn't easy for Avi Kaplan. The formidable task even brought a bout of depression, he acknowledges. But he sings about overcoming that in the title track of I'll Get By , his second EP, whose video is premiering exclusively on Billboard today Feb. I knew I wanted to do music, but leaving such a successful career one would think I'd kind of shot myself in the foot. I knew I made the right decision, and at the end of the day it's up to me to get where I want to go, but it's a lot to take on.