December Song – Peter Hollens (a cappella) and HUGE Competition Announcement

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December Song – Peter Hollens (a cappella) and HUGE Competition Announcement

In December We give our gifts Wishing well to our world Peace on earth to Everyone A time to be joyful When all is calm And all is bright But why Does it change with the seasons? And why can’t we just hold on? To silent nights Holy nights And angels singing Lullabies and heaven And nature Singing good will To all To all There are times I can remember With family and friends The light of Christmas Radiates It lights up my memories The magic of love We made time But why Does it change with the seasons? And why can’t we just hold on? To silent nights Holy nights And angels singing Lullabies and heaven And nature Singing good will To all To all O come let us adore him O come let us adore him O come let us adore him Oh night divine And those silent nights Holy nights And angels singing Lullabies and heaven And nature Singing good will To all To all And those silent nights Holy nights And angels singing Lullabies and heaven And nature Singing good will To all To all Hey Hollensfamily! I am so excited to be showing you my first
music video from “A Hollens Family Christmas” I wrote this song with my friend Anna Gilbert It’s finally becoming, like, clear to me
that I need to start writing for you guys And I hope this is a great step
in the right direction And that this song resonates with you And, if you don’t know yet,
I have a Christmas album now out It has 11 songs,
this is one of the songs on the album We officially have a world record now for
having the most people ever supporting an album Having their names on the album with almost 4,300 people We’re also in, currently, as I’m saying this right now,
number 14 in the entire world right now on Google play So, who knew people bought albums on Google play? If you do, let’s buy it,
because let’s get it into the top 10 Because dorky a cappella dad in the top 10 What is that all about?! We have so many great tracks on this,
we got Carol of the Bells, we got Believe We have this original that I wrote We also have an instrumental version
that I’m so excited about Drummer Boy, Mary Did you Know?, gosh And I have so many amazing collaborators on this These are all the tracks that are on it These songs were all picked by you You can pick up this album everywhere You can pick it up on Google play,
you can stream it on Spotify, buy it on iTunes You can buy these physical albums
from myself, on my website You can also get them from cdbaby But most importantly This video is to tell you about
that we’re doing an enormous competition So I am putting on a cover competition
with my original “December Song” I am putting out a bunch of arrangements,
written and MIDI for you to use or not use You can orchestrate the song
in any way you want You just have to use the melody
and the lyrics from this song December 9th is the due date
for your music video You’re gonna find out if you won
by December 16th This is the website to go to
to sign up for the competition And download all the arrangements,
and get the lyrics, and everything you might need This competition is being judged by
some of the best of the best on YouTube We have The Piano Guys judging this,
we have Madilyn Bailey judging this We have Tyler Ward judging this,
we have Nick Pitera judging this I will be judging it, my wife will be judging We’re gonna get a bunch of other youtubers Basically I want to provide a platform for you If you’ve always wanted to do
what I do for a living Or if you’ve ever wanted to collaborate with me Because I get emails all the time This is your chance Because if you win, I am flying you to my studio,
we’re gonna do a song together My video team is going to shoot a video with you And I’m gonna tell the world about you I’m gonna basically promote you
and showcase you to the world Because that’s what life is all about It’s about sharing what we have,
and you guys have given me this platform And I want to share it with you So many different rewards! For one of the rewards,
I’m gonna be producing a song for you Like one of your own songs,
like my entire production team and myself Another one would be my arranger
is gonna arrange a song for you In any orchestration, any song that you want Free professional studio Skype sessions where I can offer you
professional advice about things There’s tons of rewards The top 10 will all be shown and showcased
in a video on my channel And I wasn’t even talking about the grand prize
where we’re gonna actually just do a normal collab If you haven’t seen the lyric video
that I released last week Of the instrumental version, make sure
to click through and watch that And this song, and this album,
wouldn’t have been possible without my Patrons! Thank you guys all so so so much! Oh my goodness! It’s because of you that we did this We broke a world record! I mean what? Are you serious?
Guys! This is astounding! I love you! Again, for the contest, this is the link If you haven’t purchased this album yet,
or if you haven’t streamed it yet All the links for those will be down below But it’s available on Spotify, Google play,
iTunes, Amazon, my website I’m signing CDs If you want a signed CD I might even
show up at your house and give it to you Like this I’m serious I am so all in on this guys I’m so excited I have never made something that I’ve been
more proud of in my entire life I really believe this album is something
that you’re going to love to listen to It’s gonna help you, just feel
everything about the holiday season New video every Friday New video every single Friday For this entire album you’re gonna
have a music video before New Year’s I love you guys Please share this song with people Please share it with your friends and family Click through to the website,
check out the competition Let’s do this I don’t care if it’s you solo
or you in a group Or you playing a piccolo or a ukelele or
a guitar or a piano or a trombone or whatever I have string arrangements, I have piano arrangements,
I have vocal arrangements I have choral arrangements you can use for your choir Guys, if you want to learn how to do this video
I have all of the parts for that right here So check that out, you can click through,
all the links for that will be down below as well Let’s do this! Let’s have fun!
Tell the world! Let’s make music! Peace! Subtitles by the community


Natalie Hollist · December 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm

You are so the cutest with hand delivering your album!

KingMan Sean · December 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Peter, I have a question for you; What do you classify as your vocal part?

Rosa Turinetti · December 15, 2016 at 3:27 am

I was wondering if you would do this next year… because I missed the deadline. ):

Isiata · December 15, 2016 at 3:40 am

Check out my production if it! I promise you won't be disappointed!

Terri Miles · December 15, 2016 at 4:51 am

I've had bronchitis for the past 2 months and when I tried to record myself I was singing through my nose and couldn't take a deep breath. The dog was scratching her ear and the licenses on her collar were jingling. the camera on the phone was too dark… guess I'm out. … good luck everyone. SIGH

Gorcsev Iván · December 15, 2016 at 7:04 am

I love your voice!
You are just awesome!

Karla Spiker · December 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm

I think this is an absolutely beautiful song sung by someone with an amazing voice. I love to sing but there is no way I can compare to this. Well done sir.

For His Glory · December 15, 2016 at 11:38 pm


Chrissycat Kitty · December 16, 2016 at 12:48 am

Did he come up with this song by himself

It's Rachel · December 16, 2016 at 4:15 am

You should do this type of thing AT LEAST once a year!! You could make so many people so happy!

Amani Ali · December 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm

This. Is. BEAUTIFUL! This made my heart soften. Thank you for this! ❤

jeanne1122334 · December 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Peter since I started watching all those entries to your competition I can only applaud you even more for all the great things your doing beside making music. Watching all those music loving people taking the time and making hugh efforts and being so creative (while having often not much to do it and little time in busy lifes) to participate and share their love is just great and there are so many of them and so many are really good or funny or full of great ideas!!! I see a wave of singers and musicians across the country filming and singing and those who don't know you and this competition might wonder (check the video of Joel Robers as an exemple) ! I am amazed by all those people daring to show themselves and sing/play being talented or not and just willing to get out there and do stuff (I can't hold a tune and are way to shy for sucha thing) and can therefor recognize how brave they all are to be part of this specially when others are just behind a Pc and like to comment without doing much themselves. It also shows how truly wonderfull music is and how it touches people around the world. If everyone would make music it sure might be a better place, look at all the love you are spreading not only with yours but with this competiton! All that lovely energy floating around the world…But it also shows HOW GREAT you constantly are and what an exemptional good singer! Thanks again and good luck for the judges its gonna be really a hard job

randy hayes · December 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

Not only is your music inspiring, you have inspired so many other talented people to cover this beautiful song. It is a Christmas miracle!

Skeeter Verasammy-Parsons · December 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Great song👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

katherine49 · December 18, 2016 at 3:33 am

I don't think I can express to you how much this song moves me. I love it so, so much. I love your singing, I cannot wait to hear more original music!💜💜

Merky Water · December 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Thanks to youtube's suggestions, I've been coming across a few of the contestant submissions. A few led to a plethora. Wow, there's a lot of talented folks out there!

I do not envy the decision you and the other judges will have to make.

A bi-product of your competition: I have found a fair amount more channels to subscribe. Thank you for inspiring these great talents to perform your and Anna Gilbert's song

somagically · December 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm


Alonso Trevizo · December 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

You're awesome can you sing silent night please

Kristy Province · December 21, 2016 at 12:57 am

Amazing. You have a wonderful talent. Thank you for sharing it with the world.
Could you make an arrangement of this for a SSAA chorus? We would love to perform your music at one of our future concerts.

Josh Pylant · December 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

hey Peter I'm a huge fan I love what you do I just want to ask you a huge favor can you please learn to sign this song my baby cousin loves music but can't understand it. her brain isn't growing like it should so she doesn't understand words she knows how to sign tho that's your I ask if you can learn to sign this song it would be amazing if could. if you do decide to sign it please learn American sign language it would be amazing. again I love what you do and your music thank you sooooo much for you time

Sarah Snelson · December 21, 2016 at 9:37 pm

I love love love this song so much and I will love you to do more original songs xx

Polly Marcelino · December 21, 2016 at 10:38 pm

This is incredible!

Ain'tNoAngel · December 21, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Haha, I listened to this on Apple TV, so I couldn't read the description. I desperately googled the words to figure out who originally sang this song, because I fell in love with it. Amazing job on the song! Will definitely buy it!

Gabriella Yates · December 22, 2016 at 12:41 am

Just heard this song on the radio! Awesome job

Kay Leffel · December 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm

You're wonderful, amazing and God has gifted you with a FANTASTIC voice!  Thank you.

Ellen Read · December 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

Beautiful beautiful song!

Daniel Fox · December 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

This gift is joy on earth. Thank you and keep you throughout all season of the year.

jeanne1122334 · December 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I hope you and your loved one's spent a lovely christmas. The Cd was a great gift and we listened to all your songs the last couple days throug and through and my nephew 8 years old asked if you wrote that song for us in Berlin. When he said that and it played again the lyrics got another layer for me. We wnet there yesterday to light a candle and pray and listened to your song and it fitted that moment perfectly. So thank you for that

Kathy Harrington · January 9, 2017 at 4:56 am

Another beautiful song. I love listening to you and your wife.

Chris Querry · January 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

Please consider performing "Simple Gifts" it's such a gentle, loving song.

Emily Jelassi · January 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

wow, great song…love it!! yes, please write more – it's awesome!

Aaron Preader · February 10, 2017 at 8:48 am


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OrangeLightning · February 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm

The Main lyrical tracks from this version plus the piano in the other version make a song that will make me weep like a baby.

Jeremiah Johnson · March 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm

wow peter you voice I so increadable  you have such an amazing vocal talent I have to say it again with jeff k your covers r so great I will start going to patrion for your amazing efferts keep up the great work

Mikal Thomas · April 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Concrete angel. Can you do this song for me please Martina McBride

Angel Blanco · April 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Es para mi la voz más melodiosa de los últimos tiempos recomendada 100%al igual que su colega Linsi como la mejor violinista de este siglo los mejores sin duda en su campo

flipkoos · May 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Can the sheet music still be downloaded somewhere?

Kind regards, Peter

Jeff Shumac · June 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Absolutely STUNNING!

Connie Sawyer · July 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Absolutely beautiful song!!! You are amazing!

Noha Ramos · July 31, 2017 at 6:07 am

Sheet music?

Dennis Such · August 8, 2017 at 5:05 am

You need to do a collaboration with voctave, it would be amazing.

Katie Gryson · August 16, 2017 at 3:12 am

My favorite thing about your songs is that they just make me happy. Whenever I'm feeling down I just play your music and instantly feel better 🙂 keep doing what you're doing, because your musical gift is purely magical. Thank you for brightening lives everywhere

PassionateBlondeMusician · August 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Do you have a clarinet arrangement? 😂

Jean Blythe · August 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm

You are sooooooooo gifted. This is one of my most favorite Christmas songs ever, to be sung anytime during the whole year. My heart loves this song. My soul loves this song. God gave you such a gift, and you are not wasting it! Bless you 🙂

MENEER DIP · September 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Is it possible to purchase the sheet music of this arrangement somewhere? Would love to sing it with my choir!

Troy Swilley · September 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

This is so awesome, and powerful. I'd love to hear you do some actual worship music(if you do that kind of thing)!

Joseph Homsy · September 13, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Damn this song is still just as amazing as when I first heard it.

Kaya Lieberman · September 15, 2017 at 12:20 am

Hey Peter Hollens, I'm in a Jazz Choir class at college and ever since hearing this song last year I've thought it would be an awesome song to do for our winter concert. We're an SATB choir so I have two questions, 1. Would doing this song for our concert be a possibility, and 2. If so, is it possible to get the sheet music for an SATB arrangement? No worries if it's not possible I just love the song and would love to bring it as a possibility for this year or next year. Loving everything you do as always!

allen metcalf · September 25, 2017 at 12:08 am

I find myself listening to this song at least 1 or 2 times every month it reminds me to act throughout the year the way I do at Christmas

Deb Mills · November 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

This is an epic Christmas song. My absolute modern favorite. <3 <3 <3 You did good, Peter!!!!

Friend IInneed · November 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

Very Good, I enjoyed it…

Kelly Shelley · November 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

This song is amazing and so so true.

EC G · November 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Love it

abjkeys · November 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Absolutely beautiful!! Can't imagine anyone giving this a thumbs down.

Kathy Atnip · December 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm

So happy to see you recording your own music. Your covers are fantastic but I am stoked to experience the product of your own full creativity! THANK YOU!

cking613 · December 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

Wow. Just, WOW. <3

Ruben Martin · December 5, 2017 at 7:40 am

Classic Christmas song= Okay
Your song= Wow

Betty Spearns · December 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Oh Peter you are one amazing talented Guy! ❤️👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Angie Nash · December 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

"Dorky A Capella Dad" omg Peter! You make me laugh! It's so true and so you! Just want to let you know that I treasure your post Music Talks almost more than the music itself. Your energy is contagious and is a great tonic on dark days <3 #MentalHealth #Depression

Kelly Shelley · December 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

This song really resonates with me 🙂

AnnieWarriorPrincess · December 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Yes, Peter, please make an album of Hollens songs! If your beautiful wife joins you, so much the better! Thank you for all you do for us! An uplifting song is as good as a smile! Better!!

Donna Rea · January 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

Just found your music this afternoon and all I can say is "WOW" — I keep playing song after song. Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice and talent (and those who are singing along with you) with us.

Juan Palomino · January 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Why was how great thou art put down? 🙁

Gabriel Roberts · March 17, 2018 at 1:34 am

I can't recall which FB friend introduced me to Peter Hollens voice – but I am ETERNALLY grateful to him/her!!

Mary Garrett Engman · May 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm

SUPERB !!!!!

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Lisa Anderson · September 27, 2018 at 5:58 pm

In my top 5 Christmas songs of all time. Just beautiful.

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Erin French · October 12, 2018 at 6:24 am

I'm crying. It's to early for Christmas but I find this and I'm going to learn it so I can sing it for my fam over the holidays.

Samantha Lee · October 26, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Great job (as usual), Peter! 🙂

Sht21214272 · November 22, 2018 at 11:44 am

The Best Christmas song i have ever listened to in my 36 year old life

SteveoB190692A · November 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm

I definitely think the acapella version of this song works best, that's not to say I don't love the piano version (because I totally do!) but hearing the multiple voices gives it much more of a christmassy feeling because it makes me think of the choirs I used to hear singing carols as a child! 🙂

Lisa Kaumatu · November 30, 2018 at 2:45 am

Just heard this on the radio!! love it!!!

Liz Jennison · December 2, 2018 at 12:50 am

My Christmas Spirit was non existent until I heard December Song. So beautiful. Thank you Peter. I needed this.

Toxic And Brianna · December 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm

I came from seeing the Churchill High School choir performing this recently

Ravanous Khaos · December 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Can I still do this for 2018????!!!!

Lisa Anderson · December 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm

I'm still in love with this song. It's perfect.

Mary Garrett Engman · December 26, 2018 at 12:19 pm

I am hearing happy birthday in this song. LOVE IT, LOVE WATCHING HIM SING.

Elizabeth Cunius · January 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

You are Awesome. Thanks so much. * love your music.

Mary Garrett Engman · January 15, 2019 at 6:11 am

This is a beautiful song and you sing it so well.

Mary Garrett Engman · February 25, 2019 at 3:21 am

Someone used some makeup to smooth out your skin color. You look wonderful. One of the best photos of you I have seen was in this video. When your face is facing the camera. I got a chance to see those lashes she was oohing and aahing over and they a super long. Women would kill to have them that long naturally. Evynne wears fake eyelashes sometimes. I don't wear anything like that. Also as I have said before I love all of your hair. Don't darken it the natural colors is beautiful. Looks so good on you.

Venus Morbidae · March 25, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Wow, I didnt know there was a song, showing that love and affection at christmas is just fake. Thats what I always say, why just around christmas and not the whole year beeing kind and affectionate to each other. Besides of that: Very beautiful song, well done!

Maureen Johnson · May 4, 2019 at 2:29 am

This resonates so much with me. It is a sentiment I have often felt.

Mary Garrett Engman · May 20, 2019 at 3:56 am

This is one of my very favorite song you have done. I was born on Dec. 26th and it isn't much fun, I love this song and I think of it as special because of the name and you fantastic rendition.

Nikola Hathor · August 3, 2019 at 2:22 pm

for hollensfam ❤

Stanley Dillon · December 7, 2019 at 10:47 pm

How does this not have 15 billion views?

cass morris · December 10, 2019 at 1:08 pm

I love this song! I like it even better in a cappella ❤️❤️❤️ It is my new favorite this year!! Beautiful voice and AMAZING talent! Thank you for sharing it with the world!

MrBpeter58 · December 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm

I first heard this song at my sons dance concert and I immediately fell in love with it and had to find out who wrote it. It is an amazing song! Love, Love, Love it!

SirDrake Stone · December 14, 2019 at 4:57 am

At a loss of worlds

Sistetstephanie Kercheville · December 17, 2019 at 6:36 am

It's a beautiful but a hauntingly sad song I didn't know someone who puts out such happy music had such a deep passionate sweet side

Mia Brown · December 18, 2019 at 10:28 am

Wow.. this.. song.. is INCREDIBLE..

Mari Broughton · December 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm

I love this! this is Christmas to me! Beautiful thought provoking lyrics that indeed resonate with me. thank you for sharing your soul!!

Only Crazy · December 21, 2019 at 4:56 pm

geez, literal chills

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Becky Frost · December 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

Sir, you just won my heart <3

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