Vocalist and producer Peter Hollens
|Born||March 4, 1982|
|Genres||Pop, A cappella|
|Occupation(s)||Recording Engineer, Vocalist, Producer, YouTuber|
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. 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, 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. 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. He has also recorded Sing-Off Season 2 winners, Committed, the Backbeats, and the Grammy Award-winning group The Swingle Singers.
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.
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.
- What's My Name/Only Girl (Rihanna cover)
- Firework (Katy Perry cover)
- Born This Way (Lady Gaga cover)
- Pray with Therry Thomas of Committed and Courtney Jensen of The Backbeats and Noteworthy (Justin Bieber cover)
- Poor Wayfaring Stranger with The Swingle Singers (American folk song)
- Need You Now with Evynne Hollens and Jake Moulton (Lady Antebellum cover)
- Lullaby (Billy Joel cover)
- Seasons Of Love with Evynne Hollens (from Rent)
- Sleepwalking (original)
- Moves Like Jagger with Savannah Outen (Maroon 5 cover)
- I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz cover)
- The Prayer with Evynne Hollens (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli cover)
- Somebody That I Used to Know with Evynne Hollens (Gotye cover)
- Skyrim Theme with Lindsey Stirling (from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
- Some Nights (Fun. cover)
- Game of Thrones Theme with Lindsey Stirling
- Don't Stop Me Now with George Watsky (Queen cover)
- Shenandoah (American folk song)
- Misty Mountains (from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
- Brave (Josh Groban cover)
- Hallelujah with Alisha Popat (Leonard Cohen cover)
- It's Time with Tyler Ward (Imagine Dragons cover)
- Les Misérables Medley with Evynne Hollens
- The Rains of Castamere (from Game of Thrones)
- Edge of Night (Billy Boyd cover from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
- Star Wars Medley with Lindsey Stirling
- A Thousand Years with Evynne Hollens and Lindsey Stirling (Christina Perri cover)
- Want You Gone with Joe Penna (from Portal 2)
- Everybody's Got Somebody but Me (Hunter Hayes cover)
- Jai Ho with Alaa Wardi (A. R. Rahman cover)
- Disney Medley with Alex G
- Pirates Medley with Gardiner Sisters
- On Top of the World with Mike Tompkins (Imagine Dragons cover)
- I See Fire (Ed Sheeran cover from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
- World of Warcraft Medley with Evynne Hollens
- Into the West (Annie Lennox cover from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
- Kiss the Girl (from The Little Mermaid)
- The Parting Glass (Scottish folk song)
- Phantom of the Opera Medley with Evynne Hollens
- Story of My Life with Mike Tompkins (One Direction cover)
- Dark Horse with Sam Tsui (Katy Perry cover)
- Pompeii with Kina Grannis (Bastille cover)
- May It Be with Taylor Davis (Enya cover from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) 
- Wicked Medley with Nick Pitera
- Baba Yetu with Malukah (from Civilization IV)
- Our Special Love with Brian Wilson
- Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair with Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix (folk song)
- Hallelujah with Jackie Evancho (Leonard Cohen cover)
- Song of the Lonely Mountain (Neil Finn cover from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
- Epic Frozen Medley with Colleen Ballinger
- The Last Goodbye (Billy Boyd cover from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
- The Hanging Tree (from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)
- Over the Rainbow
- In Dreams (from The Lord of the Rings)
National television appearances
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. 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.
- 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 (Def Leppard) Solo: Jonah Seitz, Peter Hollens, Kyrie (Mr. Mister) Solo: Peter Hollens
- Episode 2.4 - Elton John Medley (The 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,
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- hyperdel (16 February 2011). "An Interview With Peter Hollens". Contemporary A Cappella Society. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Peter Hollens ’05 Sings to Make a Change". University of Oregon Alumni Association. May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Sony Music Masterworks Signs One-Man A Cappella Vocalist & YouTube Star Peter Hollens". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- "YouTube Singer Peter Hollens Earns Record Deal From Sony Music". Mashable. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- Eugene (14 February 2011). "Firework Cover by Peter Hollens, NBC's The Sing-Off Season 2-Contestant". PRWeb. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Silver, Curtis (6 April 2012). "Epic Video: "The Dragonborn Comes" by Peter Hollens & Lindsey Stirling". Wired. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
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