Avi Kaplan is an American singer-songwriter who was previously part of the group Pentatonix. He was the bass voice of the a capella group. The California born musician has won a number of awards with Pentatonix and is currently a solo artist with an E.P to his name.
Avi Kaplan was born to father, Michael Kaplan and mother Shelly Kaplan in Visalia, California, U.S.A on April 17, 1989. He also had a brother and sister named Esther Kaplan and a brother named Joshua Kaplan. His older sister is also Pentatonix’s tour manager as of January 2017.
He is an American national and of White ethnic background while he follows Jewish religion. As a result, other children in his school bullied him.
Avi went to school at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. from 2007. Furthermore, Folk music inspired Avi from his childhood. His earliest influences include Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Bill Withers. Later he got his inspiration from musical acts such as Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Ben Harper, and José González.
Following the trend of being secret with personal life details, Avi is also very secretive with his love life. He is not married and hasn’t been seen with anyone in public. He was rumored to be dating bandmate Kristin Maldonado but it was not true.
People also linked with a girl named Avleen but it never caught much attention and is probably false as well.
As of 2019, the singer has a net worth of around $8.5 million collected in his account. An average salary of a singer is $45,000-$65,000 per year and he also might be receiving his salary in the same range.
The major source of his income is from many different sources like his band, live performances, album sales etc. Besides that, he has his own restaurant in Washington. In addition, he also has his own brand of Vodka, football team, and top-selling perfume.
Avi was an acclaimed a capella singer even before Pentatonix. He used to perform opera and jazz. After joining Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying in Pentatonix as their bass vocalist he had most of his success.
He joined them in 2011 and won the third season of The Sing-Off even though he had met the group only a day before the auditions. Their YouTube channel has over 13 million subscribers and more than 2 billion views.
On February 8, 2015, Pentatonix won a Grammy in the “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a cappella” category for their song “Daft Punk“, a medley of songs by Daft Punk. Likewise, on February 15, 2016, they won a Grammy in the same category, this time for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from their “That’s Christmas to Me” album. Due to their cover of ‘Jolene’ featuring the original singer Dolly Parton, they won another Grammy.
In April of 2017, he left the group for his solo career. He released an EP named ‘Sage and Stone’ under his new performing name ‘Avriel & the Sequoias’.