Will Hoverman’s Life In Music

By Erika Janik | April 13, 2016


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Will Hoverman is a sophomore at UW-Madison studying political science and journalism. But outside of school, Hoverman’s life is filled with music.

When he started college, Hoverman was lucky enough to make it into one of the most elite musical groups on campus, the MadHatters, an all-male a cappella group. He also performs on his own, working with a producer-friend in Minnesota where he grew up to produce an album.

Hoverman calls the human voice “the most powerful instrument of all.” He loves the different character that each individual voice has.

Hoverman has always been a performer but his breakthrough moment came in a time of sadness. When a family friend passed away, Hoverman was asked to perform at the funeral. He’d never done anything like that before but took on the challenge to sing some hymns at the service. His performance left the family in tears and Hoverman realized the power of music and singing to convey a message and emotion.

“It was one of those milestone moment, one where you look back and things changed,” says Hoverman.


Will Hoverman’s new single “Pressure” is out now and his new EP will release May 1, 2016. Find more about Hoverman here.

This story was produced by AJ Garcia for the class “Storytelling Through Sound” at the UW-Madison.





Erika Janik

Erika Janik

Erika Janik is the co-creator and former executive director of Wisconsin Life. She is the author of six books, including Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction, Apple: A Global History, and  Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine. She’s currently the executive...
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