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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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A Cappella 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' From Peter Hollens And Adam Chance - Inspirational Videos
Take a trip back in time with this a cappella rendition of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ from Peter Hollens and Adam Chance. This classic song was written by John Denver back in 1971. After its release, the nostalgic song became an instant hit. Countless covers later, this song has officially cemented itself in musical history. The entire tune is an ode to the great state of West Virginia and you cannot help but picture those scenic skylines as you listen to the lyrics. “Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River Life is old there, older than the trees Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze” 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. Adam Chance 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 ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads.’ “Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain mama Take me home, country roads” As I hear these words, I’m instantly transported back in time. What a sensational rendition of this beloved classic.
Peter Hollens Albums
Peter HollensOctober 2014