Kevin Olusola Biography
23-year-old Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, was born in Pasadena, CA but grew up in the small town of Owensboro, Kentucky. The son of a Nigerian psychiatrist and a Grenadian nurse, Kevin’s musical talented was nurtured at a very early age with piano, cello, and saxophone. He performed at Carnegie Hall twice as soloist on the cello and saxophone, and was on NPR’s “From The Top.”
After attending Phillips Academy Andover (MA) for the last two years of high school, he attended Yale University where he majored in East Asian Studies and finished his pre-med requirements. His love for East Asia allowed him to live in China for 1.5 years on a fellowship to study Chinese. He also developed his beatboxing skills during college and in 2009 did a Yo-Yo Ma-hosted international music competition where he won 2nd place and Yo-Yo Ma said that his “celloboxing” (playing cello and beatboxing simultaneously) version of Dona Nobis Pacem was “inventive and unexpected.” This April, Kevin’s “Julie-O” celloboxing video went viral on the internet, garnering national acclaim on media channels like CBS, AOL, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Justin Timberlarke’s website, and others.
Now a college graduate, Kevin is extremely excited to be a member of Pentatonix and compete in NBC’s “The Sing-Off!”