Almost exactly one month after Avi Kaplan announced that he was "taking a step back" from Pentatonix in an emotional Facebook video, the singer is already proving that his post-Pentatonix days are still going to involve making music. But rather than continuing the poppy a cappella material he created with his former group, Kaplan has a new venture: Folk music. One of those tracks is a lighthearted love song titled "Sweet Adeline," which Billboard is premiering in light of the EP release. Check out the video and our interview with Kaplan below. It is just a super, super happy love song.
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. He loved folk music , and frequently went to the nearby Sequoia National Park , which became an inspiration for his music. Before joining Pentatonix, Kaplan was already an accomplished a cappella artist, performing in the styles of jazz and opera among others. He joined Pentatonix in , when original members Kirstin Maldonado , Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying were searching for a bass singer and a beatboxer.
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. The "I'll Get By" video, meanwhile, illustrates the struggle by having a solitary Kaplan collect a bag of rocks representing his troubles, only to be joined by others as they take them to a waterfall where a symbolic cleansing will occur. And, Kaplan adds, the rocks are real, not lightweight props. I wanted to go through it that day to make sure I conveyed what I wanted to say. While Sage and Stone was a first step that allowed Kaplan to reconnect with his folk music roots that pre-date Pentatonix, the I'll Get By EP -- out today -- takes another sonic step. Kaplan recorded the seven-track set in Omaha, Neb.
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