The Beauty of Mashups

Thomas Friedman (New York Times columnist and author of The World Is Flat), in what I consider one of the best 45 minute speeches I have ever watched, stated his belief that the ability to mash things together is a key skill today, and is at the heart of innovation and creativity.

If that is the case, then Kenny Holland and his sisters are among the most innovative and creative people I have come across on YouTube. I’ll write a bit more about Kenny below, but let me get right to one of his videos:

Certainly one of the best videos you’re going to come across on YouTube.

Here’s a little bit of background on Kenny, from his official bio:

Holland is a singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. After beginning his musical journey with piano lessons at age 8, he would find his origin as a performer playing for tips at local frozen yogurt shops by age 14. At age 16 he released his first single entitled “So What” which was later released on his debut album “Heart & Keys” as he built a local following.

Later in his career he began gaining the attention of industry professionals & creating a loyal fanbase through the phenomenon of social media and today Kenny’s supporters number in the millions.

Kenny has performed in front of sold out audiences nationwide, sharing the stage with Demi Lovato, Aaron Carter, Rae Sremmurd, The Summer Set, and The Rocket Summer, among others.

He also made his acting debut in 2016 in the feature film “Saturday’s Warrior.”

So while Kenny is an accomplished solo artist, what I find fascinating and magical are the many videos he has posted to YouTube of him and his sisters performing a variety of mashups.

Here are a few for your listening pleasure:

And while this next one isn’t a mashup, it is one of the most beautiful versions of one of my favorite songs. A perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit:

All of that talent in one family; all I can say is that I am grateful that they are sharing their gifts with the world.

I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the Holland family.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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