Peter Hollens

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Peter Hollens
Background information
Origin Eugene, Oregon
Genres Pop, A cappella
Occupations Recording Engineer, Vocalist, Producer
Years active 2002–present
Labels Independent. Loudr for distribution

Peter Hollens is an American independent singer/songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. He has been involved with a cappella music since 1999 when he and Leo da Silva founded the University of Oregon's a cappella group, On The Rocks, known as the first official collegiate a cappella group in Oregon.[1]


Originally from Ashland, Oregon, Hollens graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance. Since his graduation from the University of Oregon, Hollens has become involved with collegiate a cappella,[2] including recording, producing, and judging a cappella competitions throughout the United States. In 2010, he participated in NBC’s The Sing Off receiving acclaim from The Sing-Off judges Shawn Stockman, Nicole Scherzinger and Ben Folds for solo performances leading his group, On the Rocks.[3][4] They were eliminated 6th out of the 10 groups performing. Hollens records and produces from his home studio in Eugene, Oregon, and recently recorded for Sony and Epic Records. Hollens is married to Evynne Smith, founder of the a cappella group Divisi.

Hollens's recordings include tracks for "The Sing-Off Season 2-Greatest Hits" as well as many collegiate a cappella albums for such groups as On the Rocks, Divisi, Cornell's Chordials, the Duke's Men of Yale and the Whiffenpoofs.[5] He has also recorded Sing-Off Season 2 winners, Committed, the Backbeats from Season 2, and the Grammy Award-winning group The Swingle Singers.[6] He frequently collaborates with Lindsey Stirling and Taylor Davis.

In 2012 he released his first album.

In 2013 he collaborated with Eric Whitacre to record the learning tracks for "Fly to Paradise", the song for Eric's Virtual Choir 4.

Personal Life[edit]

On November 28, 2013, Evynne Hollens, Peter's wife, posted a video on her YouTube channel, which revealed that she was expecting a baby.

The couple revealed their baby's name to be "Ashland James Hollens" and he was born on the 31st March 2014

Recent recordings[edit]

  • Seasons Of Love (A Cappella) featuring Evynne Hollens (single)
  • Poor Wayfaring Stranger (A Cappella) featuring The Swingle Singers (single)
  • Pray (A Cappella) featuring Therry Thomas of Committed and Courtney Jensen of The Backbeats and Noteworthy. (single)
  • Lullaby (A Cappella) (single)
  • Need You Now (A Cappella) featuring Evynne Hollens and Jake Moulton (single)
  • Firework (A Cappella) (single)[7]
  • Born This Way (A Cappella) (single)
  • What's My Name/Only Girl (A Cappella) (single)
  • Sleepwalking (A Capella) (single)
  • Skyrim with Lindsey Stirling (single, 2012)[8]
  • Somebody That I Used to Know (A Capella) with Evynne Hollens (2012)
  • Game Of Thrones with Lindsey Stirling (single, 2012)
  • Don't Stop Me Now (A Capella) with George Watsky (single, 2012)
  • The Hobbit, Far over the misty mountains (A Capella) (single, 2013)
  • The Hobbit 2, I see fire (A Capella) (single, 2013)
  • The Rains of Castamere (A Capella) (single, 2013)
  • Star Wars Medley with Lindsey Stirling (single, 2013)
  • 1000 Years with Evynne Hollens and Lindsey Stirling (single, 2013)
  • Jai Ho (A Capella) with Alaa Wardi (single)


National television appearances[edit]

On October 22, 2010, On The Rocks and Peter Hollens announced that they were going to be appearing alongside nine other groups on the NBC competition-reality show The Sing-Off. The first four episodes taped in August and September 2010, with a live finale on December 20. On The Rocks placed fifth among the ten groups, appearing in all five episodes. All ten of the groups made an appearance on the live finale and helped congratulate the group Committed on winning the prize and a Sony Recording contract. A holiday album was released featuring songs from all ten groups. Individual tracks (live and studio) were also released through iTunes.

Songs Performed[edit]

  • Episode 2.1 - Group: Bad Romance (Lady Gaga) Peter: "I've Got the Music in Me"
  • Episode 2.2 - Live Your Life (T.I. and Rihanna) - Solos: Peter Hollens, Rap: Jeff Rogers
  • Episode 2.3 - Pour Some Sugar On Me Solo: Jonah, Peter Hollens (Def Leppard), Kyrie (Mr. Mister) Solo: Peter Hollens
  • Episode 2.4 - Elton John Medley (Bitch Is Back, Bennie and the Jets, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me) Solos: Nick Firth, Jonah Seitz, Peter Hollens
  • Episode 2.5- Swan Song- The Final Countdown (Europe) Solos: Peter Hollens,


  1. ^ Zimmerman, Steve (29 January 2004). "Hidden passion no longer". Ashland Daily Tidings. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (20 May 2011). "Our Favorite YouTube Videos This Week: The A Cappella Edition". Mashable. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "On The Rocks". NBC Universal. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ ""The Sing-Off" Episode #2.1 (2010)". IMDb. 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ hyperdel (16 February 2011). "An Interview With Peter Hollens". Contemporary A Cappella Society. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Peter Hollens ’05 Sings to Make a Change". University of Oregon Alumni Association. May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Eugene (14 February 2011). "Firework Cover by Peter Hollens, NBC's The Sing-Off Season 2-Contestant". PRWeb. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Silver, Curtis (6 April 2012). "Epic Video: "The Dragonborn Comes" by Peter Hollens & Lindsey Stirling". Wired. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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