Friday, March 25, 2016

Music Minute: Peter Hollens - Misty Mountains

Peter Hollens, the one-man a cappella vocalist, video producer, and YouTube star whose popular videos have amassed over 150-plus million views is thrilled to announce his second album release.  Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired by The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings  is available on Portrait Records, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks.

I had a chance to review the album, which Hollens produced himself. It contains many tracks that fans of the movies will recognize, as well as contributions from guest artists like Tim Foust of a cappella group Home Free and a winner of NBC’s The Sing-Off,  violinist and fellow YouTube star Taylor Davis, plus musician and YouTube vlogger Hank Green.
Hollens is a talented singer, arranger, engineer, and producer who sings all the parts of each song, then layers and blends them together. He began his a cappella career in 1999 co-founding the University of Oregon’s award-winning a cappella group, On The Rocks. In 2010, the group was featured on The Sing-Off Season 2. Since then, Hollens has released over 100 digital singles and amassed 1.3 million YouTube subscribers.
Hollens has performed in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He has collaborated with some of YouTube’s biggest artists including The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, George Watsky and Tyler Ward, as well as with Jason Mraz and Hunter Hayes, and earned a seat on the YouTube creator advisory board. Hollens is also on the advisory board of tech companies like Patreon, Loudr, Tubular, which help creators in the industry.
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