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. 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 August 2014, his channel has more than 750,000 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 Music Masterworks. He released a self-titled album on October 27th of that year.
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
Need You Now with Evynne Hollens and Jake Moulton (Lady Antebellum cover)
Lullaby (Billy Joel cover)
Seasons Of Love with Evynne Hollens (from Rent)
I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz 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)
Misty Mountains (from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
It's Time with Tyler Ward (Imagine Dragons cover)
Les Misérables Medley with Evynne Hollens
The Rains of Castamere (from Game of Thrones)
Star Wars Medley with Lindsey Stirling
A Thousand Years with Evynne Hollens and Lindsey Stirling (Christina Perri 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)
Into the West (Annie Lennox cover from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Dark Horse with Sam Tsui (Katy Perry 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
Our Special Love with Brian Wilson
Hallelujah with Jackie Evancho (Leonard Cohen cover)