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Singer, songwriter, producer, and all-round entrepreneur Peter Hollens is a champion of a cappella singing dating back to his days at the University of Oregon, where he founded the college a cappella group On the Rocks in 1999 with Leo da Silva. Hailing from Ashland, Oregon, Hollens earned a degree in vocal performance from the University of Oregon, where he became active on the college a cappella circuit, producing, recording, and judging competitions. He started his own YouTube channel in 2011, posting music videos with multi-tracked a cappella vocals, often with collaborators Nick Pitera, Lindsey Stirling, Mike Tompkins, Sam Tsui, Tyler Ward, George Watsky, Alex G, and Hollens' wife, Evynne Hollens. His subscriber list grew rapidly, reaching some 750,000 by the summer of 2014. Hollens worked from his home studio in Eugene, Oregon, producing recordings for On the Rocks, Divisi, Cornell's Chordials, the Duke's Men of Yale, the Whiffenpoofs, Committed, the Backbeats, and the Swingle Singers, among others. He released two debut albums under his own name, Covers, Vol. 1 and Covers, Vol. 2, in 2012, after which he signed a recording deal with Sony Music Masterworks in 2014, which released the self-titled Peter Hollens album in the fall of that same year.
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'Sunshine On My Shoulders' 2 Men Sing A Cappella John Denver Cover - Inspirational Videos
Be transported back in time as the a cappella voices of Peter Hollens and Tim Foust perform the John Denver classic ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders .’
This 1973 hit was featured on John’s album, Poems, Prayers & Promises.
“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high”
Peter Hollens became an instant social media star when he started to post a cappella cover songs of our favorite tunes such as ‘Mary Did You Know’ and ‘You Raise Me Up.’
Many of his videos went viral and now it’s his full-time job to make incredible a cappella musical arrangements of popular songs and powerful originals.
Tim Foust is another a cappella sensation. You may recognize him as a member of Home Free, an a cappella group that won the fourth season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013.
Today, these two distinct voices are coming together for a unique performance of ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders .’
“If I had a day that I could give you
I'd give to you the day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I'd sing a song to make you feel this way”
This song is truly a much-needed dose of nostalgia and I just love this a cappella performance. All of the sounds that you are hearing come from the human mouth and it’s absolutely incredible to listen to this stunning arrangement.
Peter Hollens Albums
Peter HollensOctober 2014