The weather’s chilly, the first snow has fallen and we’re bundled up in our poofy winter jackets. That must mean one thing: Christmas is on its way! And with Christmas around the corner, we can count on our favorite acapella group to showcase their impressive holiday chops.
Thankfully, the amazing a cappella voices of Pentatonix didn’t disappoint. The group came together to perform a live rendition of the beloved Christmas song, “Silent Night,” and it’s giving chills to all.
Their jaw-dropping version proves artists today don’t need to manufactured sounds and over-producing to sound good. They just need to share their incredible skills!
Even though we all know the words, most people are completely unaware that “Silent Night” was composed way back in 1818 by Josef Mohr. As folklore goes, the song was first performed on Christmas Eve in Austria.
The Gospel Coalition website says:
“Silent Night—or Stille Nacht in the original German—was created because Mohr needed a carol for worship. On Christmas Eve of 1818, Mohr visited Gruber with a poem he had written a few years earlier. Gruber quickly arranged the song to be played on a guitar with a choir because the church organ was broken. That evening at Midnight Mass, Gruber strapped on his guitar and led the congregation at St. Nicholas in the first rendition of Silent Night.
The original arrangement was a bit faster than the slow, reflective version of the song we know today. But the song was an immediate hit, later being sung by traveling tours and performed before King Frederick William IV of Prussia. Later in the 1800s, the hymn was translated into English and made its way to America by way of a book called Sunday School Hymnal, though with only three of the original six verses…
Today, Silent Night is perhaps the most famous Christmas carol in history.”
Since then, it has been recorded by thousands of artists from nearly every genre – and Pentatonix’s new version certainly takes the cake for now. It’s one we can listen to over and over without getting tired of it, and that’s rare.
Sadly, this video may be one of the last Christmas songs Ari Kaplan will ever sing with the group. He announced his departure from Pentatonix in a tearful video, saying:
“I believe in what we do, and I believe in what they will do. I could never inhibit their success in any way. I would never, ever want that.”
Ari also cited personal conflicts with the time performing took away from his family. Now, he’s happy pursuing solo career options and taking time to be with the ones he loves. Fortunately, we’ll always have beautiful videos like this one to look back on with fondness.
Their pure voices and the simple church setting combined for a version of “Silent Night” that will stick with us until the end of time.
If you’re a fan of Christmas songs, press “play” below. What a beautiful rendition!