Peter Hollens

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Peter Hollens
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Vocalist and producer Peter Hollens
Background information
Born (1982-03-04) March 4, 1982 (age 33)
Origin Eugene, Oregon
Genres Pop, A cappella
Occupation(s) Recording Engineer, Vocalist, Producer, YouTuber
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present

Peter Hollens (born March 4, 1982) is an American 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] He regularly releases new music videos to his YouTube channel.


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 also has recorded for Sony and Epic Records. 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, and the Grammy Award-winning group The Swingle Singers.[6]

In 2011 he started his own YouTube channel, mostly posting music videos with multi-tracked a cappella covers. Repeatedly teaming up with other artists, he frequently collaborates with Lindsey Stirling and Taylor Davis. As of May 6 2015, his channel has more than 1 million subscribers. To support his musical endeavors, Hollens joined the newly founded crowdfunding platform Patreon in 2013.

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.

In 2014 he signed a deal with Sony Masterworks.[7][8] He released a self-titled album on October 27 of that year.

Personal life[edit]

Hollens is married to Evynne Hollens, founder of the a cappella group Divisi. Evynne has her own YouTube channel, posting music videos, occasionally collaborating with her husband. On November 28, 2013, she posted a video on her channel, which revealed that she was expecting a baby. The couple announced their baby's name to be "Ashland James Hollens" and he was born on 31 March 2014.

Notable recordings[edit]







National television appearances[edit]

On October 22, 2010, On The Rocks announced that they were going to be appearing alongside nine other groups on the NBC competition-reality show The Sing-Off. Although Hollens had already left the group, he was invited back to join for the show.[12] 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]


  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. ^ "Sony Music Masterworks Signs One-Man A Cappella Vocalist & YouTube Star Peter Hollens". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "YouTube Singer Peter Hollens Earns Record Deal From Sony Music". Mashable. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Eugene (14 February 2011). "Firework Cover by Peter Hollens, NBC's The Sing-Off Season 2-Contestant". PRWeb. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Silver, Curtis (6 April 2012). "Epic Video: "The Dragonborn Comes" by Peter Hollens & Lindsey Stirling". Wired. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
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  12. ^ "An Interview With Peter Hollens". CASA. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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