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Polished Edge: Get hooked on Halperin

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Serenity Bogert
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December 19, 2012 | 1,760 views | Post a comment

If you’re an “American Idol” fanatic, you’ll remember Top 24 semifinalist Tim Halperin from season 10 of the show. Although Tim didn’t make it into the Top 10, he was one of the first Idol contestants to debut an original song.

Frequently endorsed by Texas radio host Kidd Kraddick, Halperin -- a Fort Worth, Texas, native and pianist singer-songwriter -- exhibits a beautiful modern and classic piano pop sound on his full-length album, “Rise and Fall.” Halperin’s musical influences include legendary artists like Billy Joel, Elton John, “Simon and Garfunkel,” and “The Beatles.” Other inspirations include “Coldplay,” “Ben Folds Five,” “Third Eye Blind,” and many Motown bands.


Released in December 2011, Halperin’s post-Idol debut album, “Rise and Fall,” consists of 13 tracks filled with pretty and perceptive piano, accompanied by an abundance of fun and memorable lyrics expressing the wonders, struggles, and lessons of life, love, heartbreak, strength, and uprising fame. The album reveals Halperin’s soft side in sweet songs like “I Wanna Fall In Love” and “She Sets Me Free.” “Bullet,” a song overflowing with interesting metaphorical lyrics, is one of my favorites.

It won’t take long for the tunes to get stuck in your head after memorizing the piano and learning the catchy lyrics. You’ll be singing along in no time to an anthemic song like “Pretty Girls,” another one of Halperin’s tracks that currently sits at the top of my “Most Played” songs list.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Halperin released a six-track Christmas album titled, “Under That Christmas Spell.” The in-the-holiday-spirit album features a few holiday classics, such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Mary Did You Know.” The album also consists of Halperin Christmas originals, including the album’s title track, “Under That Christmas Spell.”

Why I love

this artist

Tim Halperin is one of the few artists who has the ability to write enjoyable, original songs. When I first listened to his album, “Rise and Fall,” I was immediately intrigued by the opening track, “All You Got,” a song about strength and living life to its fullest. The piano is powerful in this song, and it remains one of my favorites from the album. Throughout the album, you will notice each track has its own story. The entire record deserves more recognition than it gets. This is one “Idol” star who will go farther than just being a part of the “Top 24.”

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