Pitch Slapped Alum Matt Sallee Joins Pentatonix For Holiday Tour
Pentatonix has a new bass and all is right in the world!
Well, at least for the holiday season.
In a tweet featured on the aca-group's Twitter page this past Friday, the quartet announced that they will once again be returning to quintet status. And who better to join their ranks than a former member of one of the world's top a cappella groups?
Matt Sallee, an alum of Berklee's Pitch Slapped, will join the group for their holiday performances as a fill-in bass. Back in May, Avi Kaplan announced his departure from Pentatonix in an emotional video that shocked not only the aca-community, but the music world as well. Kaplan's final show with the group took place in Vermont back in early September.
Since then, many wondered what would become of the superstar vocal group.
Rumors began circulating back in August via social media that Matt Sallee would be the group's newest member, but nothing official had been released till this past week. Having joined Pitch Slapped back in 2012, Sallee comes to Pentatonix with quite the vocal resume. He was a member during the group's 2014 ICCA-run, which ultimately saw them crowned as the champions. He would later go on to sing with esteemed vocal pioneers, The House Jacks.
Along the way, he has the shared the stage with such artists such as Jessie J and Jill Scott.
Sallee seems to be quite ecstatic about the new opportunity based on the following post he made via Instagram just a few days ago:
"If you happen to be at our holiday special taping or you’re at any of our shows this winter or you’re listening to our performance of "Deck the Halls” on A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe (and, eventually, watching its video), you might see or hear the wonderfully deep voice of Matt Sallee, who we are very fortunate to have joining us for the holiday season. We love Matt and we think you’ll love him too. We took this picture on set of our “Deck the Halls” Guys! So it's official! I am so honored to be singing with @ptxofficial!!! They have been nothing but the most humble and sweet human beings in the world and I'm so blessed and humbled to work with a group of people I have looked up to for such a long time. Dreams do come true people! I'm living proof of it 😌💚
No word has been made as to if this will be a permanent replacement, but for now, aca-fans can relish in the fact that Pentatonix will be back to full force for the next few months.
To hear the amazing voice of Matt Sallee, check out the videos below.
Pitch Slapped 2014 ICCA Award-Winning Set
Matthew Sallee - Treasure (Bruno Mars Cover)