Kirstie Maldonado lives the dream. Not even in her prime, she has already won several Grammys and is also the only female member of the all-star acapella band Pentatonix. In a good way, the radiant singer never knows when to stop. This has helped her career enormously and brought her to sold-out houses. She has also performed on such famous stages as the Hippodrome in London and appeared in classic Broadway musicals.
Apparently she is also a fan of nicknames, as she pursues her solo career under the name “Kirstin”.
Kirstie Maldonado’s Biography
The singer is a girl from Texas. She was born in Fort Worth on May 16, 1992. One look at her reveals her extremely Latin American heritage. Her father, Michael Cisneros, is from Mexico, while her mother, Angelica Maldonado, is Spanish and Italian. As her surname proves, she was obviously much closer to her mother.
Kirstie was created for fame. By the age of five, she already knew what she wanted to do with her life – she wanted to sing. She began to pressure her mother to pay for her singing lessons. Her mother finally gave in after Kirstie performed at her wedding reception. She was eight years old at the time. Kirstie eventually also began appearing in several local theatre productions. On this local stage, she came into contact with one of the future members of the Pentatonix Quintet, Mitch Grassi.
Maldonado attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and later moved on to Martin High School. There she also met Scott Hoying, another member of Pentatonix. She, Mitch and Scott formed an a cappella trio that started with covers of popular songs. Through this, they gained attention in their school and their surroundings. In 2010 she left Martin High School and was accepted to study music theater performance at the University of Oklahoma. However, this was not to take long, as Kirstie soon left school at another school to pursue Pentatonix.
Maldonado may have wanted to start a singing group, but it was her high school friend, Scott Hoying, who offered the opportunity. Scott contacted Kirstie with the opportunity to put together a group to audition for the third season of The Sing-Off, NBC’s annual Acappella competition. She agreed and recruited her long time friend Mitch Grassi along with two others, Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan. The group continued to win the competition. The prize money was 200,000 dollars and a record deal with Sony Music.
But Sony’s Epic Records dropped them soon after. Maldonado and her friends then launched their own YouTube channel and began distributing their music through Sony Pictures’ record label Madison Gate Records. With the release of several albums and EPs their popularity exploded and with it their YouTube following. Her videos were also viewed billions of times in a relatively short time, making her channel the 50th most viewed channel on the video streaming platform.
Beyond her popularity, Kirstie Maldonado has received recognition from the group in the form of three Grammy Award wins in three consecutive years. The first was in February 2015, when the group won a Grammy for best arrangement, instrumental or Acappella for their song Daft Punk. On February 16, 2016, they won another Grammy in the same category. This time it was for their song Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. A year later they won a third Grammy in the best country duo/group performance for their remake of the song Jolene. Maybe it helped that they brought the original author of the song, the cult country musician Dolly Parton.
With all the enthusiasm and success of Pentatonix, Kirstie never forgot her solo career and always took every opportunity to perform as Kirstin. In 2014 she performed the song Never Neverland with Scott Alan at the London Hippodrome. Almost two years later, in 2016, she sang the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow for the World Dog Awards for dogs that played the role of Toto from the classic Wizard of Oz.
Kirstie Maldonado also debuted on television with her appearance in an episode of Bones. She was Liz Dervan, a member of a college trio of the a cappella group The Gingersnaps. The other two members of the trio were her earliest friends from Pentatonix, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying. In July 2017 the singer released her first solo project entitled LOVE. In 2018 Kirstie began working on the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, in which she plays the role of Lauren. In the cast, she is supported by comedian Wayne Brady and her singer colleague Jake Shears.
The singer is not married. However, she has been dating her boyfriend Jeremy Micheal Lewis for a long time. The duo worked together with the Acappella group Voctave on their February 2016 video, Disney Love Medley. She and Jeremy played the songs I See the Light, Go the Distance and You’ll be in my heart. These songs are from the films Tangled, Hercules, and Tarzan respectively.
Jeremy proposed to Kirstie on 29 May 2016. The two lovebirds were expected to marry soon, but she postponed their wedding until 2017 for reasons they did not disclose.
Kirstie Maldonado’s Net Worth
The lady from Pentatonix has done well financially in such a short time, thanks mainly to the Pentatonix approach. The group has toured various cities around the world, sold hundreds of thousands of albums, and then there is the income from Youtube. When you add Maldonado’s piece of the Pentatonix cake to their solo efforts, it’s not hard to understand why the celebrities’ net worth is estimated at $8 million. Some other sources say that she receives an average net salary of $750,000 a year from Pentatonix.
Height, Body Measurement
Kirstie has a petite stature and it suits her well. She stands at 5 feet 4 inches (5 feet 4 inches), which is 5 feet 63 inches. Her body measurements are not known.