Avi Kaplan is a Jewish musician who is known for his musical uniqueness as a bass vocalist. He plays the guitar and composes music for both choral and acapella. He was the bass vocalist of the band group called Pentatonix and was the first bass vocalist to be given the award of “Best Rhythm Section”. Let’s learn more facts about his professional and personal life.
Avi Kaplan’s Bio, Age
Avi Benjamin Kaplan is a known bass vocalist who was born on April 17, 1989, in a small town called Visalia in California. He was the bass vocalist for the music group called Pentatonix. Avril is a Jew and was born to Shelly (mother) and Micheal Kaplan (father). He had an elder brother named Joshua, and a sister named Esther, who was once the manager of his group band. He attended school at Mt. San Antonio college located in Walnut, California. The school was popular worldwide because of their strong choral and acapella tradition.
While in school, Avi was a very intelligent, serious and focused student. He attended classical music classes and took it very seriously. He could play the guitar, compose and arrange music for both choral and acapella. In 2008, he joined a male acapella group, Fermata Nowhere. They were the first male acapella group that became the first community college acapella group to win the ICCA and in the competition, Avi Kaplan was given a special award for “Best Rhythm Section” and was the first bass vocalist to be given such an award.
In his third year in college, he did not relent in his love for music as he joined a Jazz group called Sincopation and they won the Monterey Jazz festival competition. He has also performed at various venues in many countries including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Music Career – Pentatonix
The group, Pentatonix was made up of five members which were Kevin Olusola, Scott Hoying, Kristie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and himself. The group made a lot of improvements when Avi Kaplan joined them and since his joining the group, they have gone on several tours and have also done some recordings. He had a great influence on the group to the extent that there was a notable change in their sound and people began to fall very much in love with their music. The group got a $200,000 record deal after they won the Sing-Off in 2011 and in 2015, Pentatonix won their first Grammy awards in the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or Acapella category for their song “Daft Punk” and their self-titled album debuted on the top of the Billboard chart.
On February 15, 2016, they won another Grammy in the same category as the first one but this time it was for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” song which is a single from their “That’s Christmas to Me” album. They won their third Grammy award on February 12, 2017, for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song “Jolene” which featured Dolly Parton.
After Avi Kaplan had spent some time with the group, he decided to leave the group and in 2017, he announced publicly that he was quitting the group with the reason that the pace at which the group was going was just too fast for him to catch up. He released his first solo album titled “Sage and Stone” on June 9, 2017. The album was produced under the name Avriel and the Sequoias. Many fans mistook the name to be that of a new music group formed by the talented musician but no, Sequoias are a large group of giant trees which Avi saw in California. He said it was a source of inspiration to him while he was trying to write his music. He released his first video which is titled “Fields and Pier” through his YouTube channel for fans and followers to watch.
Is He Married? Who is His Wife, Girlfriend?
Avi Kaplan is still very much single and not married. Presently, it is not disclosed whether he is in a relationship with anyone because Avi is a very private person and does not really like to open up his private life in the media, although it was once rumored that he was in a serious relationship with one of his band members, Kristie Maldonado but the news turned out to be false as Kristie is in a relationship with Jeremy Lewis.
Other Facts About Avi Kaplan – Gay, Height
Avi Benjamin Kaplan is definitely not gay. He is single and may not be in any known relationship for now but the artist is very much straight and not gay.
The popular and talented Jewish bass vocalist stands at a height of 5ft and 11 inches (180cm).
He was bullied in high school because of his Jewish roots.