Kirstin Maldonado is an American songwriter and singer who is best known as a member of Pentatonix, an Arlington, Texas-based group that won the 3rd season of NBC’s a cappella competition ”The Sing-Off.”
Maldonado was born on May 16, 1992, in Fort Worth, Texas, United States, to Spanish-Italian mother Angelica Maldonado and Mexican father Michael Cisneros. Maldonado has been raised by her mother in Arlington, Texas.
As early as 5 years old, Kirstin already knew what she wanted to do with her life – she wanted to sing. At 8 years old, Maldonado sang at her mother’s wedding reception, ultimately convincing her mother to enroll her in voice lessons.
Kirstin attended Holy Rosary Catholic School for a time before transferring to Martin High School. There, she began her classical training and was a member of the Texas All-State Choir for about 3 years. In addition, in high school, she met Scott Hoying, a member of her future band.
After high school, Kirstin joined The University of Oklahoma where she was a Musical Theatre Performance major. But, this would not last long as Maldonado soon dropped out of the university in order to make Pentatonix happen.
In 2011, Scott Hoying contacted Maldonado to participate in NBC’s acapella competition The Sing-Off. The group also included Mitch Grass, Kevin Olusola, and Avi Kaplan. Together, they formed Pentatonix, which became the winner of the third season of The Sing-Off.
”I’ve known Mitch since I was 8 years old. I was friends with Scott since high school so we’re all friends.”
She later added:
”It’s never really weird unless those times when there’s one dressing room. We’re all like one big family.”
On November 13, 2012, the group released their Christmas EP, ‘PTXmas’, a deluxe edition of which was re-released the following year with two new tracks.
Their 2015 self-titled album is certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s 200.
They have released a total of 5 extended plays, 7 studio albums, 26 music videos, and 8 singles and have won 3 Grammy Awards, apart from numerous other nominations and awards.
In January 2016, Kirstin performed the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the World Dog Awards in honor of the dogs who have played the role of Toto from the iconic story about The Wizard of Oz.
On December 11, 2018, the group performed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on The Talk.
She debuted her solo career on May 19, 2017, with the song “Break a Little” under the moniker ”Kirstin,” with her debut EP L O V E released on July 14, 2017.
Kirstin Maldonado got engaged to Jeremy Michael Lewis on May 29, 2016, after 3 years of dating.
Jeremy Michael Lewis is an entrepreneur and a singer who is also the Vice President at a content broadcasting company known as Kastr. He was born on January 22, 1992, in Rockford, Illinois. Lewis competed as a soloist on Season four of The Sing-Off in 2013 alongside the acoUstiKats.
Kirstin met Jeremy Michael Lewis during season four of The Sing-Off, in August 2013. She said:
“I met him a season of ‘The Sing-Off’ after ours,” said Maldonado, referring to her “Sing-Off” stint with Pentatonix. “He was a percussion major and he sang, and he’s really smart and really brilliant.”
Maldonado further explained:
”So, I kind of always went to him for advice anyway … I feel like he’s very honest with me in a good way. We both are very opposite in good ways and we push each other to be better.”
The couple got engaged on the 29th of May, 2016 while on a trip to Paris.
Kirstin said during an interview:
“I have a dress. We have a location. We have the bridesmaid dresses. All the decisions are starting to come. We’re able to see them visually — so now I’m able to get a better sense of what is happening.”
”Until you nail the dress or the colors, you’re like, ‘What’s happening?’”
She said in a different interview:
“I never planned out my wedding. My mom and dad weren’t together, so I never thought I would get married.”
Kirstin Maldonado later added:
”I thought I would move to New York and be on Broadway; that was my goal. I was very work-focused. But I found love!”
In 2017, the couple postponed their wedding to work on certain unstated “issues.” Later, they split up.
Kirstin is 5 ft and 4 in (1.63 m) tall.
Kirstin, alongside her singing group, released 7 albums and won 3 Grammy awards.
The first Grammy came in February 2015, when Pentatonix won a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or Acappella rendition for their song ”Daft Punk.”
Pentatonix won another Grammy in the same category on February 16, 2016, for their song ”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” A year later, Pentatonix bagged a 3rd in the Best Country duo/group performance for their remake of the song ”Jolene.”
When asked about with who she wants to go on a tour, Kirstin replied:
”Oh my goodness! Um, I know we already toured with her as Pentatonix, but Kelly Clarkson is really amazing. I just admire her so much. Her or maybe Lady Gaga… or another really powerful female.”
”I’ve never really gotten to see a bunch of shows because we’re constantly touring. I feel like I miss a lot. I loved being on the Kelly tour and getting to watch her and the band. She had a really cool vibe.”
Maldonado has at least eight tattoos on her body.
She stylizes her name as kirstin™. The (TM) stands for “Taylor Maldonado,” and not as a trademark.
Maldonado holds a Facebook account on which she has over 577,000 followers.
Kirstin has an all-white Siberian Husky named Olaf, who has his own Instagram account.
Maldonado has more than 382,000 followers on Twitter and over 787,000 followers on Instagram.
While not on tour with her band, her solo career includes appearances in charity galas and concerts alongside some of the industry’s most respected composers and performers.
Maldonado has a height of 5 ft 4 inches and her weight is 67 kg.
Kirstin Maldonado – Net Worth
Maldonado earns most of her wealth by selling tickets to her concerts, sponsors, selling her albums (Pentatonix sold over 10 million albums), advertisements on Pentatonix YouTube channel (almost 4 billion views, that translate in $8 million in revenue), advertisements on her YouTube channel, and paid posts on her Instagram account.
Also, Kirstin has acted as Liz Duran in an episode of Bones. Therefore, Kirstin Maldonado has an estimated net worth of $9.5 million.