Kirstin Maldonado is a singer, composer, and actress, who started music at an early age. She is better known as a co-founder and the only female lead of the popular acapella group Pentatonix, having 7 studio albums and winning 3 Grammy awards with the group. Her success with the group produced songs like, Can’t Sleep Love, Daft Punk PTX vol. 2, Mary Did You Know, and a host of others.
She started her solo career in 2016 and released her first solo single in 2017 titled Break A Little and later released her first solo EP album titled LOVE. She also starred in movies like Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Straight Outta OZ (2016), and many other movies to her credit. Despite achieving a successful career, there are other things to be known about the singer.
Things to know about Kirstin Maldonado
1. The 30 years old was raised by a single mom
Kirstin was born on May 16, 1992, in Fort Worth, Texas, the USA to Michael Cisneros (father) and angelica Maldonado (mother). While her father is Mexican, her mother is of Spanish and Italian descent.
Kirstin Maldonado had a rough experience growing up as she was groomed by a single parent. She was only six years old when her parents had a divorce. Her mom has been supportive in pursuing the dream of her only child, as she enrolled her into a music class when she was very young.
2. She started music at the age of 5
Currently 30 years old, Kirstin Maldonado grew a passion for music at a very tender age; she was just only 5 years old when she told her mother about her burning desire for singing.
Her performance at a show convinced her mom to enroll her in taking a music lesson. She later attended Martin High School and started the music group Pentatonix when she was 8 years old alongside her fellow high schoolmates.
Her solo career started when she was 24 years old, and she released her first solo album in 2017, titled Break A Little, which was followed by a solo EP album, LOVE. Many thought it was a signal to the end of the Pentatonix group, but she stated that the group is very much alive and waxing stronger
3. Kirstin Maldonado is the only female in the Pentatonix group
The singer is the only female that is circled by four male counterparts in the pentatonic group and has achieved a lot with the acapella group. The mezzo-soprano vocal range singer said that her gender does not impact the group’s daily activities and have a very close relationship with the other members of the group.
4. She was a college dropout
While growing up in high school, Kirstin was one of the best students in her academics, and this got her a National Hispanic Scholarship. She attended the University of Oklahoma, where she majored in musical theatre arts, but had to drop out on the bases of the pursuit of her career.
Her dream of becoming a music star came into reality as she had to do aside with school activities to pick up an audition spot with her group for “The Sing Off’’’ show. She spoke about her plans of finishing her studies to make her mother proud.
5. Her name is stylized Kirstin™
The formation of her new solo name Kirstin™ comes with a reason, she had always complained of her name being pronounced wrongly by people due to its lengthiness, and had to get a new short solo name that could be called with ease. She formed Kirstin™ with the TM above representing Taylor Maldonado.
6. Kirstin Maldonado’s Boyfriend is Ben Hausdorff
Kirstin Maldonado is currently dating Ben Hausdorff who is a filmmaker and photographer, they duo started their relationship as far back as 2018, and are happily living together with a child named Elliana Violet.
She was previously in a relationship with Jeremy Lewis Michael and came very close o marrying him. The pair got engaged in 2017, after first meeting in 2013. Unfortunately, the singer and Jeremy who is a businessman and an acapella singer as well broke the engagement and went their separate ways.
7. She is a three-time Grammy Award winner
Alongside her counterparts, it is no doubt that the singer is a three-time Grammy award winner. Being a core part of the group’s existence, her creativity alongside her beautiful voice has helped skyrocket and put the group on a map of fame.
The group won its first Grammy Award in 2015 when it won for “Daft Punk” in the Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella category. In the next year, she won the coveted award for “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” in the same category, and then in 2017, Kirstin Maldonado won her third Grammy with Pentatonix for “Jolene” with Dolly Parton. Her third Grammy was clinched in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.
8. She is a lover of tattoos
Kirstin described herself as “being a girl who loves tattoos and likes getting in trouble’’ she said this on her Twitter page. The singer is a fan of tattoos and has over 8 tattoos on her body with different meanings attached to them. Below are some of her tattoos and where they are located on her body:
- Her first ever tattoo is 3 music notes behind her left ear.
- She also has a tattoo of a bible verse on her right arm,
- Skeleton of a key at her left ankle,
- Half-moon at her left arm,
- A quote behind her left arm,
- She has a design of her dog on her right arm,
- An owl entangled in branches on her right shoulder
- A rose flower beside her right index finger
- She also has a mouth dripping blood with vampire fangs on her right leg
9. The singer has a love for dogs
Aside from being a lover of tattoos, Kirstin is also a lover of dogs, more than 50 photos on her Instagram page show her around dogs. Also, the singer has three pet dogs named Olaf, Pascal, and Spinee.
During the lockdown period, Kirstin partnered with RCA paying a courtesy visit on National Dog Day to the Best Friend Animal Society showing their support and donating a total of $10,000 dollars to the organization.
10. How rich is she?
Kirstin Maldonado has a net worth of $ 8 million. The singer has accumulated this figure as a result of her major success with the Pentatonix group, her solo music career, and also her acting career.
Her net worth alongside Pentatonix is estimated to be around $60million, the group has a YouTube channel with about 3 billion views and has sold millions of copies of their albums worldwide.