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Pentatonix singer from Visalia releases new song. Think it’s a hit?

Popular Visalia singer Avi Kaplan (on the left) is preparing for his departure from the a cappella group Pentatonix. Kaplan has started singing folk music with his new band Avriel & the Sequoias. He released a new EP on Friday, titled “Sage and Stone.”
Popular Visalia singer Avi Kaplan (on the left) is preparing for his departure from the a cappella group Pentatonix. Kaplan has started singing folk music with his new band Avriel & the Sequoias. He released a new EP on Friday, titled “Sage and Stone.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The popular Visalia singer who announced a month ago he would be leaving the group Pentatonix has resumed his career with a new focus.

This time, Avi Kaplan will be part of Avriel & the Sequoias.

And it’s not a cappella cover versions of pop songs for Kaplan any more – but instead folk music.

That’s really always been the music that I’ve been in love with.

Avi Kaplan on folk music

“That’s really always been the music that I’ve been in love with, always the music that I’ve written growing up,” Kaplan told Billboard. “Even through Pentatonix, folk music has been really my heart and soul.”

Kaplan on Friday released an extended play record titled “Sage and Stone,” comprising five songs.

Among them was “Sweet Adeline.”

Last month, Kaplan, 28, made an emotional announcement on Pentatonix’s Facebook page to explain he was leaving the group to spend more time with friends and family.

Pentatonix, with just under 1 million followers on Twitter, blends pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies while primarily singing modern songs.

The group has won three Grammy Awards during its six-year run.

Kaplan, who serves as the bass vocalist, is still expected to finish the remainder of the current Pentatonix tour, which wraps up in September.

Pentatonix’s final concerts in California with Kaplan run July 2-4 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Tickets start at $45.

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