Hollens in 2014
March 4, 1982 |
|Genres||Pop, A cappella|
|Occupation(s)||Recording Engineer, Vocalist, Producer, YouTuber|
|Instruments||Vocals, Vocal percussion|
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 October 3, 2017, his channel has over 1.7 million subscribers. To support his musical endeavors, Hollens joined the newly founded crowdfunding platform Patreon in 2013. In an interview in March 2017 he mentions he's become an adviser for Patreon.
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 2015 Hollens joined the social video platform Reactions as a way to promote his YouTube music videos. As of January 5, 2015, Hollens is ranked 3rd on the social video app.
Peter and Evynne Hollens debutedt on Broadway in the show “Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway” which was presented November 17 to December 30, 2017, at the August Wilson Theatre. On the 12 Dec 2017 he guest with The Piano Guys live stream call 'Light The World Christmas Concert with The Piano Guys and Friends', in which he made comment that he is in "Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway” and would be getting a cab to the theatre.
Hollens is married to Evynne Hollens, co-founder of the a cappella group Divisi. Evynne has her own YouTube channel, posting music videos, occasionally collaborating with her husband. She is also writing a musical called “Milagro.” They have a son named Ashland James Hollens (born March 30, 2014). Peter and Evynne performed in their first Broadway show, Home for the Holidays, in November 2017.
- 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 by The National)
- Edge of Night (Billy Boyd cover from The Lord of the Rings: 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)
- Gollum's Song (Emiliana Torrini cover from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
- 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
- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For with Sabrina Carpenter (U2 cover)
- 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)
- The Last Five Years Medley with Evynne Hollens
- Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran cover)
- Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz)
- In Dreams (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
- See You Again with George Watsky (Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth cover)
- Mad World (Tears For Fears cover)
- Jurassic Park End Credits with The Warp Zone
- Song of Durin (Eurielle cover)
- Budapest (George Ezra cover)
- Jurassic Park End Credits
- Now We Are Free (from Gladiator)
- A Life That's Good with Brooklyn and Bailey (Lennon and Maisy cover)
- I See the Light with Evynne Hollens (from Tangled)
- For the Dancing and the Dreaming with Evynne Hollens (from How to Train Your Dragon 2)
- 1989 Medley with Evynne Hollens (Taylor Swift cover)
- Mary, Did You Know? (Michael English cover)
- Star Wars Medley with SkyDoesMinecraft
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town with SkyDoesMinecraft
- Epic Goofy Movie Medley with Stuart Edge
- Ay Yo Boi with Jack Douglass and John Cozart
This section needs expansion with: more 2016 recordings. You can help by adding to it. (December 2017)
- You'll Be in My Heart with Bryan Lanning
- Homeward Bound feat. Oregon Choir Students
- Danny Boy
- Still Alive (Jonathan Coulton cover) from the video game Portal
This section needs expansion with: more 2017 recordings. You can help by adding to it. (December 2017)
- 2012: Hollens [HD]
- 2012: Covers (VOL. 1)
- 2012: Covers (VOL. 2)
- 2014: Peter Hollens
- 2016: Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired by the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
- 2016: A Hollens Family Christmas
- 2017: Covers (VOL. 3)
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
Awards and nominations
|2013||Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards||Collaborative and Solo Performer Awards/Best Song By A Solo Performer||“Shenandoah" on Covers Vol. 2||Won|
|2014||Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards||Collaborative and Solo Performer Awards/Best Song By A Solo Performer||“I See Fire”||Won|
|2015||Game Audio Network Guild Awards||Best Game Music Cover/Remix Award||"Baba Yetu" (Civilization IV) feat. Malukah||Finalist|
|2015||Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards||Collaborative and Solo Performer Awards/Best Folk/World Song||"Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" feat. Avi Kaplan||Won|
|2015||Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards||Collaborative and Solo Performer Awards/Best Pop/Rock Song||"Dark Horse" feat. Sam Tsui||Nominated|
|2016||Game Audio Network Guild Awards||Best Game Music Cover/Remix Award||Assassin's Creed Syndicate - "Underground"||Won|
|2016||Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards||Collaborative and Solo Performer Awards/Best Song By A Solo Performer||"Now We Are Free"||Won|
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