Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan, the accomplished Visalia singer, is leaving the Grammy Award-winning group.
Kaplan, 28, made his emotional announcement on the Pentatonix’s Facebook page Friday, saying he wanted to spend more time with his friends and family.
Kaplan added that he needs a break from the fast-pace, time-demanding lifestyle that comes with being part of arguably the most popular pop a cappella group right now.
“This decision is something that I’ve been struggling with a lot,” Kaplan says in the Facebook video. “It’s been one of the toughest decisions to make in my entire life.”
3Grammy awards won by Pentatonix during its six-year run
Pentatonix blends pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies while primarily singing modern pop songs.
The group has won three Grammy Awards during its six-year run and gained almost 900,000 Twitter followers.
Kaplan, who served as the bass vocalist, is joined by his four group members during his video post. He becomes emotional on multiple occasions while discussing his exit.
Kaplan will finish the remainder of the current Pentatonix tour before departing. There are 22 stops remaining before the tour wraps up in September. (Valley fans might want to circle July 2-4 when the group has three dates at the Hollywood Bowl.)
I have to do what’s right for my heart.
Visalia singer Avi Kaplan on his departure from the Pentatonix
A story by The Inquisitr points out that Kaplan’s first side project away from Pentatonix is set to release in June.
“These past six years have been the most unbelievable years in my entire life,” Kaplan said. “I can just no longer keep up with this. I hope you guys can understand my decision and you can support me.
“But I have to do what’s right for my heart.”