Listen: Pentatonix’s viral ‘Hallelujah’ cover is kicking off Christmas early this year

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We know you’re getting your Halloween costumes ready and probably haven’t even started your holiday shopping yet, but as we head into the busy season, here’s the perfect early Christmas music to put a smile on your face: a cover of “Hallelujah” by Grammy award winning a capella group Pentatonix from their new album, A Pentatonix Christmas.

The group, which consists of members Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola, is no stranger to holiday music; in 2014, they put out their album That’s Christmas To Me, which sold over 1 million copies and earned them the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Now the band, which came to prominence by winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, is back to bring us more holiday cheer. The new 11-track album also features songs you know and love, done in their own unique style, such as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”


Unless you’re a grinch, it’ll be impossible not to smile when you hear their stunning rendition of the classic Leonard Cohen song. Their “Hallelujah” video, which was released Friday and features them singing this glorious tune in a gorgeous desert setting, has already racked up over 6.5 million views.

Watch, and pass it on to someone who could use some heartwarming music to brighten their day:

Want to hear Pentatonix in person? They’ll be performing at Prudential Center in Newark on November 10 as part of their latest tour.