Peter Hollens

Peter Hollens is an American pop singer and songwriter. On YouTube he posts a lot of covers but also songs he’s written himself.

But, there’s a catch.

Most, if not all, of Peter’s songs are a capella.

A capella is music that encompasses solo/group singing without the use of any instrumental sound (aka no accompaniment). This means there is no piano, guitar, drum or what have you. Every sound is made with the human voice (and the occasional snap or clap).

I’ll admit it, I’m a choir kid. So when Peter shows off his mad vocal skills, and I swoon over how awesome he sounds, I’m biased. Sue me. But I like Peter Hollens because, when he sings, whatever he sings, I’m always like, “Hey, I wanna sing that too!” It’s like I can envision Mr.K teaching the class one of Peter’s songs, no matter how incredibly intricate and complicated it must be to recreate what Peter does.

And if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that chorus isn’t just about singing. It’s all about the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put in to perform in front of people you’ve never met nor that you particularly care about and working together with your classmates – people you sometimes want to strangle. It’s about the memories you make – cracking voices, hysteric giggles, horrified looks (I mean those high notes are scary), and Shannon Dutchie across the room trying to [jokingly] throw you off your A-game.  It’s about the feeling you get when you receive a standing ovation.

Peter Hollens makes me reminisce about all of this. He helps me remember why I joined chorus in the first place. He helps me remember why I like to sing.

BONUS POINTS: He’s a Game of Thrones fan 😀 !


One thought on “Peter Hollens

  1. So not only is this individual incredibly talented and a fantastic performance artist in the truest sense of the title, but he’s also inspiring? Go this guy!

    Like you, I have a genuine respect for a capella given how careful each sound, each beat, each everything is arranged.

    Oh, and I showed this to several friends, and now they’re Hollens addicts. Thanks for making me cool to my friends, Norm!

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