Kevin Olusola, cello
Kevin co-hosted From the Top’s Juneteenth Special, aired on the week of June 14, 2021.
He starred in From the Top’s: Where Music Lives with Kevin Olusola (released April 11, 2019), featuring: 16-year-old cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing from Chicago, Illinois, 17-year-old bassoonist Taylor Akin from Washington, Oklahoma, 17-year-old pianist & violinist Ray Ushikubo from Los Angeles, California, and 14-year-old actor and vocalist Anthony Gonzalez from Los Angeles, California. Check it out here.
Kevin Olusola is best known as the beat boxer of the a cappella quintet Pentatonix. The three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-Platinum-selling group has sold more than 10 million albums and performed for fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts 19 million subscribers and yields over 5.1 billion video views.
Kevin has performed at Carnegie Hall twice as a soloist on the cello and saxophone and has appeared on NPR’s From The Top. On March 10th 2015, Kevin released his first solo album, The Renegade EP, courtesy of RCA Records. The album debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Classical and Classical Crossover charts, in addition to staying #1 on iTunes classical albums for weeks as it featured classically reimagined versions of popular songs like “All of Me,” and “Stay With Me,” as well as Kevin’s original composition “Renegade.” In 2020, Kevin released the “Don’t Let Me Misunderstood” EP which included his covers of “Time in A Bottle” (remixed by 5&Dime) and “True Colors” via RCA Records.
Kevin’s history with From the Top
Kevin Olusola appeared on NPR’s From the Top, Show 144, recorded in May 2006, at age 17.He was featured in From the Top videos: Beatboxing Bach with pianist Kadar Qian, and “Sugar” with violinist Kate Arndt.
He currently serves on From the Top’s Board of Directors.
Visit his website.
Listen to Kevin
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, arr. by Matt Jones
Show 144, Boston, MA
“Rumba” by Maurice Whitney