Following the departure of bass vocalist Avi Kaplan from YouTube supergroup Pentatonix in May, fans of the a cappella quintet were treated to their first glimpse at new member Matt Sallee in action yesterday with the official music video for a “Deck The Halls” cover.
‘Deck The Halls,” which has already amassed more than one million views and is currently sitting at No. 9 atop YouTube’s trending feed, also served to celebrate the group’s NBC special yesterday evening, A Very Pentatonix Christmas. Additionally, the track is featured on A Pentatonix Christmas Album Deluxe — a re-release of the 2016 album in which the group performs holiday classics with their signature spin. While Sallee, who is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, has previously performed with Pentatonix at live gigs, “Deck The Halls” marks his official debut on the group’s YouTube channel, which counts 14 million subscribers.
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In addition to the “Deck The Halls” cover, Pentatonix also released a clip on YouTube from the Christmas special in which the group sings “How Great Thou Art” live with Jennifer Hudson (and Sallee). A Very Pentatonix Christmas also featured guest appearances from America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer, singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge, and Jay Leno. You can watch the special in full right here.
Following his YouTube debut, Sallee will be hitting the road with Pentatonix on their A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, which is set to make 16 stops this winter. Tickets are available here.