Return of a Native by Omaha World Herald
The Omaha native is swinging through town. The three songs on his "Make or Break" EP are piano-fueled poppy-rock, so if you like Ben Folds, Eric Hutchinson or the Fray, you'll dig this guy.
Some More Notable 2008 North Texas Recordings by
Tim Halperin, You Are the Moon: Texas Christian University student Halperin’s musical tastes skew heavily toward intelligent, piano-based pop — Ben Folds and Elton John are among those whom the Omaha, Neb., native counts as inspirations. His new EP has five engaging tracks that bear traces of these influences. An impressive debut.
Tim Halperin Review by
Ben Folds is the obvious point of comparison here, and Halperin resembles Folds (as well as Justin Levinson) vocally. The title track would have fit nicely onto Whatever and Ever Amen with its scruffy amiability, while "What I Want" has a 70s vibe and "Nice to Be Free" adds some guitar virtuosity to the mix. The Coldplay-inspired "We Can Make It" caps off the disc. If you're a fan of the piano pop subgenre, Tim Halperin is definitely worth your acquaintance.
Rising Star Tim Halperin Plays the HOB by
Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Tim Halperin will be playing at the House of Blues this Friday at 10 p.m. for $5.
Halperin’s growing popularity in the DFW area and his fresh sounding music have created an ever-increasing fan base leading to this concert. The House of Blues even flags the concert as being “up-and-coming” music.
Halperin’s music could be placed in the piano based pop-rock genre. He said his music is likened to that of music stars Ben Folds, The Fray, John Mayer and Eric Hutchinson.
Halperin released his EP, "Make or Break," in November 2009 and has been working hard to promote his music ever since. He handed out over 4500 copies of the EP on his college sorority tour, where he traveled to Texas Christian University, Texas A&M, University of Texas, Baylor University and several others.
Halperin’s music was featured on the front page of the AOL’s pop music section for the month of December alongside superstar Beyonce, and his EP was also named a “Critic’s choice” by OurStage.com.
Halperin said although he will play with his full band for the majority of the March 12 concert, he’ll also feature some acoustic sets for a more intimate concert feel. A sneak peak of three new songs is also in the works, along with covers of famous songs by artists The Fray, Ben Folds and John Mayer.
You can download his EP at noisetrade.com/timhalperin and check him out at the House of Blues on March 12 at 10 p.m.
- Written by Elise Smith
Three Artists To Heat Up Common Grounds by
Singer-songwriter Tim Halperin found a practical way to incorporate his business education into his music. He has successfully identified his target market: girls.
Being the business student that I am, it's pretty evident that girls like music when it's a guy playing love songs on a piano," said Halperin, a 22-year-old senior at Texas Christian University.
To increase his female fan base, Halperin, a marketing major and finance minor, recently toured sorority chapters at colleges across Texas in support of his new "Make or Break" EP. He will join Jillian Edwards and Robert Kelly for a Valentine's Day concert at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Common Grounds.
Students who are familiar with Richardson junior Edwards, a member of Baylor's Uproar Records, may be less familiar with Halperin and Kelly.
Halperin grew up in Omaha, Neb., and began to take piano lessons at age 6. After playing with several bands in high school, he entered college at TCU and decided to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter.
It's almost like starting your own business," he said.
Halperin said he's influenced by other piano-based acts such as Ben Folds, the Fray, and Jack's Mannequin, but he's found ways to distinguish his music.
I think the difference is that I've always had a hint of jazz in my music," he said. "I have a range of slow, Coldplay-like ballads, but I also have some up-tempo, funky stuff.
In October, Halperin released "Make or Break," which was produced by Bryan Kieta of Fort Worth, who has worked with artists such as Green River Ordinance. "Make or Break" is composed of three songs, which Halperin said are three of the best songs he's ever written.
I think any artist will tell you that it always takes a long time to really find your voice," he said. "With the new EP, I've finally been able to connect the songwriting with my style.
Halperin's EP is available for free online, although fans have the option to pay what they want. Halperin also ordered 5,000 physical copies, which he's been handing out on the Tim Halperin Sorority Tour. The tour came to Baylor in January, and Halperin, with his backing band, blitzed through the Stacy Riddle Forum, playing songs for several sorority chapters. Halperin even pledged a free concert for the sorority that brings the most girls to the Valentine's Day concert.
We drive around to college campuses and play songs for hundreds of sorority girls," said Halperin. "We joke about it; we're living the dream!
Coppell senior DaNae Couch, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, received a copy of Halperin's EP.
I really like it," she said. "I always love hearing music from local people who aren't so mainstream.
Kelly, a 22-year-old Belmont University graduate, will join Halperin and Edwards on Sunday. This isn't Kelly's first gig in Waco. The Allen native played at Common Grounds in October of 2008 and also performed with Matt Wertz and Jon McLaughlin at Waco Hall.
Kelly has been writing new material, which he plans to release this summer.
I'm learning how to weave my life into the music that I write, instead of just writing catchy love songs that don't mean that much to me," said Kelly.
Kelly said his music is inspired by his globe-trotting travels to places such as Kenya, Syria, Jordan and Israel. For example, once while backpacking alone in the Middle East, Kelly began to feel awkward as women and children gaped at him from around the corners of buildings. But he began to play guitar, and suddenly everyone rushed in toward him, singing and trying to teach him songs in Arabic.
It was so great to see the global language of music," Kelly said. "The intimacy that it brings out in people is just amazing. That's what I'm searching for with my music. I want to make a connection with people.
Tickets to the concert are $5 individually and $8 for couples. Halperin will play at 8 p.m., followed by Kelly at 9 p.m. and Edwards at 10 p.m.
Poptarts: Tim Halperin Sorority Tours by OurStage
The first thing that struck me about OurStage artist Tim Halperin (other than his powerful voice and catchy piano-driven tunes) was his series of “Sorority Tours”. Over the past months he’s been touring sorority houses around the south and midwest, playing anywhere from five mini-shows to full on sets. In this YouTube video you can understand why he does it, a room FULL of sorority girls cheering and clapping is pretty self-explanatory.
Halperin plays each of these sorority shows for free, handing out copies of his latest release: the Make or Break EP. For all you non-Greeks out there, he also released this EP for free on NoiseTrade. So what’s the catch? Really, there is none. It just turns out that Tim Halperin may be one of the smartest up-and-coming singer-songwriters around.
Everyone loves the notion of getting something for free, and Tim Halperin obviously sees the value of getting his music into the hands of as many people as possible. He knows how important it is to invest in his future and that creating true fans now will most definitely pay off in the end. Marketing to sororities is truly a stroke of genius. There’s nothing a girl loves more than to see a handsome guy sit at a piano singing his heart out (and doing it it well), and Tim Halperin definitely fits this criteria.
His piano pop love songs and slightly soulful, smoky voice are enough to make any girl swoon. Check out his awesome Web site here and his video below!
Musician foregoing marketing career to pursue his passion by
A 7-year-old brown-haired boy took the stage, anxious to perform his first solo. The boy's parents had been told that their son had a great ear and could carry a tune, but they weren't sure what to expect as their second-grader began to sing "Star Light, Star Bright.
More than a decade later, Tim Halperin looks back on his debut performance and laughs, remembering how he felt like a girl as he strained to hit the high notes that were just out of his developing vocal range. His father, Howie Halperin, tells a different story.
We were flabbergasted," he said. "We were just surprised he could stand up in front of all these people as a second-grader with no fear.
Now, 22-year-old Halperin has released two CDs, has eight songs on iTunes and has played numerous concerts. His fan base has expanded from an Omaha, Neb., elementary school gym to college campuses throughout Texas and Arkansas.
With the help of three guitarists and a drummer, the senior can croon out a tune that causes him to be mistaken for singer-songwriter Ben Folds. Halperin's music showcases piano playing skills that show hints of his primary influences of Folds and Coldplay, but he sets himself apart by creating a hybrid of ballads and up-tempo songs with a hint of what he refers to as "funky jazz.
Halperin and his four-man band have become familiar enough to college students that crowds now sing along at local shows.
The musician said he is still getting used to the recognition and recalls the first time a fan approached him on campus with a chuckle. On his way to his introductory marketing class in fall 2009, he was approached by a female student who blurted out, "I love your music!
Halperin muttered back a quick and awkward "thank you" before continuing on to class, where he recounted the story to his friend and senior finance major Bobby Weinberg. Confused, Halperin told Weinberg he was just confronted by a "creeper.
Weinberg said he laughed off his friend's response to the fan and offered an alternative explanation.
'Tim, we need to get this through your head,'" Halperin said he remembered Weinberg saying. "'They're not creepers; they're fans.'
Acoustic guitarist Riley Kiltz said that as Halperin gains fame, the last thing the band has to worry about is Halperin getting a big head. The sophomore finance major, who has been playing with Halperin for a year and a half, said the shaggy-haired lead singer isn't fazed by girls who swoon over his jagged chin-strap beard, baby blue eyes and suave-sounding voice. He is too goofy to become overconfident, Kiltz said.
Tim's made some seriously awkward comments while he's on stage," Kiltz said. Although Kiltz becomes rosy-cheeked at some of Halperin's on-stage antics, he said he admires the way Halperin stays true to himself while performing.
That's just Tim - he really doesn't hold back anything," Kiltz said.
Even in his teen years, before Halperin had really begun to develop his own style, his Westside High School choral director, Doran Johnson, said a certain honesty came out in his songs.
I think Tim's greatest strength is who he is as a person, and I think that comes alive in his music," Johnson said. "He's very approachable as a person, so his music is very approachable and draws you in as a listener. It's like a comfy chair-you just want to hang out in it.
Maddison Grigsby, a senior international finance major and fellow Westside graduate, agreed with her former choral director, saying Halperin's music reflects his genuine character and passion.
He's the first one to reach out to people if they're not included," Grigsby said. "He's very confident in who he is…that comes out in the way he treats people.
Grigsby said she's really seen Halperin develop the most during the past couple of years. He's finally come into his own style and a confidence in it, she said.
Halperin has noticed the change in his music as well. His most recent work, the three-song EP, "Make or Break," which was released in October, shows the progression of his songwriting.
It will still take a long time to develop…my voice and how I write music, but I think I'm starting to find that," Halperin said. "Coming up with ways to express emotion in music is not getting easier, but I'm getting better at it, I think.
Kiltz said his band mate's devotion to writing lyrics that stay true to his emotions makes him stand out among other singers who don't have the same personal attachment to their songs.
They're not just words that rhyme," Kiltz said. "It's actually what his heart's telling him.
Halperin is currently touring sorority houses throughout Texas and Arkansas in an attempt to build a stronger regional fan base.
Halperin traveled to five different college campuses in the past three months, playing his music and promoting his most recent album, "Make or Break," to sororities. He decided to pursue what he refers to as the "sorority tour" after getting a positive response from university chapters that he played at before big shows.
The tour has led to local show offers in Austin, College Station and Waco and he hopes it will continue to open doors for him as he pursues music after graduation in May.
Although Halperin's parents support his decision, they still remind him with e-mails and articles from time to time that pursuing music over a business career has its risks. In the end, Halperin decided to stick to his true passion: music.
The practical side of me has always held on to business," Halperin said. "This year I've just really learned through playing a lot of shows and really going after it and growing...that it's my true passion.
The four years he put into preparing for a career in marketing will not go to waste. Halperin said earning a living off music is almost like starting his own business and will require many of the skills he learned at the Neeley School of Business.
Grigsby said she has noticed a difference in her old show choir friend's ability to successfully market himself. Halperin actively uses social media to interact with fans and encourages those he meets to download his newest EP for free on the Internet.
Choosing music over a marketing job may not be the safest bet, but Grigsby believes that Halperin has what it takes to stand out in the industry.
I think a lot of people are talented and good, but they don't have the drive and determination that he has," Grigsby said. "If anyone's going to make it, it will be Tim because he's got the heart to do it and the talent.
Give Your Girlfriend Tim Halperin For Valentine's Day by
Tim Halperin’s music is piano driven accessible pop / rock – think The Fray, Ben Folds, ColdPlay with an 80’s twist – that kind of thing – he’s got a great distinctive voice that sits nicely on top and he writes the kind of songs that make your girlfriend open up.
But we’re writing about him today ‘cos we want to throw a light on some of the great ideas he’s putting into place to get his career going. First off – check this video out:
How cool is that – you’ve got another 2 days to get in there. What a great idea and doesn’t he come across totally charming and genuine on the video – you don’t exactly need a $5k video budget to make this work do you?
What really struck me though his how he’s quite literally “playing to his audience”- clever guy, playing the Sororities – that’s genius! Not only do you get gigs you get gigs in front of chicks – in their houses – where their rooms are – as I said Genius.
He’s got smart of use of merch with a hook up into Zazzle – a great "Help Tim” page where he tells you how you can help him and how to connect across his various networks – and finally he’s making good use of NoiseTrade – another tool that helps get his music out and about while still allowing him to make dough.
Tim Halperin Hits the Chicken Ranch then Heads Home to Omaha by
Fort Worth singer/songwriter Tim Halperin plays his final area show this Friday at the Chicken Ranch, a club located in the Stockyards. The TCU student will then be off to his hometown of Omaha for a few months to reconnect with his roots.
“The guys I used to play with are all in Omaha,” says Halperin. “I hope to get a band together here in Texas for the fall.”
Halperin released his debut EP, You Are the Moon, in January and response has been so overwhelmingly positive that, well, none are left.
“I actually just sold out,” says the shocked singer. “I will be getting more duplicated in Omaha in a couple of weeks.”
Listening to songs such as “Just Can’t Get You,” “Nice to be Free” and “What I Want” (the last of which is available for download on his Myspace page), it’s easy to see how Halperin has so quickly gained a solid following.
Of course, a high profile gig opening for Nashville crooner Matt Wertz and a featured spot on XM Radio’s Unsigned show hasn’t hurt his exposure.
Obviously influenced primarily by Ben Folds and (don’t cringe too much) Billy Joel, Halperin is the proverbially nice guy who doesn’t finish last, a college kid from Nebraska who uses his innocence to best advantage on songs that speak to a specific demographic: nerds. --Darryl Smyers