Who is Avi Kaplan?
Born Avriel Benjamin Kaplan, on the 17th of April 1989, Avi Kaplan is an American a cappella artist, composer and music arranger, who became known as a now former member of the a cappella group Pentatonix, winner of the third season of the singing competition “The Sing-Off.” He is a Grammy-award winning artist when he was part of Pentatonix, and is now a folk singer with a new music project called Avriel & the Sequias.
Avi Kaplan’s Early Life
Kaplan was born and raised in Visalia, California, the son of the Jewish family of Shelly and Michael Kaplan; he has two older siblings, Joshua and Esther. During his stint at “The Sing-Off”, he shared that he was bullied a lot when he was a kid for being Jewish, especially because he has a very Jewish name.
Kaplan attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, where he became part of the high-energy male a cappella group, Fermata Nowhere, who would later become the first community college a cappella group to win the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). It was during the competition that he also won the Best Rhythm Section.
During his time at San Antonio College, Kaplan also joined the jazz ensemble, Sincopation, and in his first year with the group, they won the Monterey Jazz Festival Competition.
Avi Kaplan’s Career
After his successful a cappella career in college, Kaplan continued his passion for music after graduation. He was an accomplished a cappella artist, who could also perform jazz and opera, as well as becoming very well-known in the a cappella community.
In 2011, Kaplan became part of another a cappella group called Pentatonix, originally comprised of Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado and Scott Hoying, who had been singing for a couple of years already, ever since they were in high school. They wanted to join the a cappella singing competition “The Sing-Off”, but knew that they needed a bass singer and a beat boxer to level up their game. A friend of the group introduced them to Kaplan, and they immediately wanted him to join the group because of his reputation in the a cappella community. They also added Kevin Olusola as their beat boxer who they found on YouTube beat boxing, and playing the cello.
Right after their first meeting, Kaplan with Pentatonix auditioned for the third season of “The Sing-Off”; the group’s unique take on pop songs and Kaplan’s prominent basso profondo led the team to win the third season of the show. Some of the songs they performed include “E.T.”, “Love Lockdown”, “Without You” and “Eye of the Tiger.” The success of the show and their win catapulted them to success, and also increased their net worth tremendously.
Avi Kaplan in Pentatonix and as a Solo Artist
Through winning “The Sing Off”, Pentatonix immediately rose to stardom. They subsequently released a number of albums, including “PTX, Vols. 1 & 2”, “PTX”, and “That’s Christmas to Me” to name a few. They also won Grammy awards for their performances, including Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a cappella for their song “Daft Punk” in 2015 and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” in 2016. They also took home the Best Country duo/group performance Grammy award for the song “Jolene” that they performed with country legend, Dolly Parton, who even called the experience with Pentatonix, “pure magic.”
— Avi Kaplan (@Avi_Kaplan) September 23, 2018
Pentatonix also became popular on YouTube, on which they upload various covers of popular songs. Kaplan’s time with Pentatonix tremendously helped his career as well as his wealth.
In 2017, Kaplan announced that he would be leaving Pentatonix, citing that he was unable to keep up with the group’s demanding schedule, and also wanted some time with his family and friends. That same year he released “Fields and Pier”, his first song as a solo artist that he released under the name Avriel & the Sequioas.
In June 2017, Kaplan released his debut EP “Sage and Stone”; his inspiration for his new music is his passion for folk songs, being inspired by artists including Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Bill Withers. He also adopted his new stage name Avriel & the Sequoias, from the Sequoia National Park, a nearby park that he loves to visit. His career as a solo artist has also helped in increasing his net worth.
Avi Kaplan’s Body Measurements
In terms of his body measurements, Kaplan is 5 ft. 11 in. (180 m) tall, and has black hair with a signature low bun, and hazel/green eyes.
Avi Kaplan’s Net Worth
As of late 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Kaplan’s net worth is reported to be over $1 million, acquired from his years as an a cappella artist, a member of the Pentatonix, and now as a solo recording artist.
Avi Kaplan’s Personal Life
In terms of his personal life, Kaplan is still single, and prefers to keep things private. He was rumoured to have dated his former Pentatonix mate, Kirstie Maldonado, however, it was later cleared that the latter already had a boyfriend.