As someone who listens to music and reviews various acts throughout the year, you can imagine trying to narrow the list down to just five songs was a bit of a task. I basically went with the songs that immediately came to mind. All five tracks are songs that I still listen to on a regular basis and that’s what truly makes them a favorite. Throughout this past year, these are songs that have been there for me, allowed me to let go of stress, or just simply put a smile on my face. Or in one particular case, got me up and movin’ like Jagger. So without further ado, allow me to present to you my Five Favorite Songs of 2011!
Over the weekend, Tim Halperin revealed that he would be releasing four new music videos to coincide with the tracks on his Acoustic Sessions EP.
Tim talked with me a few months back about how he went about choosing which songs to highlight on this particular EP.
“We had a cellist for the acoustic sessions, so we thought about the songs that might go well with a cello. Definitely “Where I’m Going,” “Memories on the Ground,” and “The Last Song,” of course were the ones that would be best for that. The ones on the EP are more of the slower tracks that are going to be on the full-length CD. A lot of the ones that you haven’t heard yet are songs that are more pop, even more OneRepublic style, that kind of stuff. I think it turned out really cool.”
Check out the new acoustic live performance music video for “The Last Song” below!
For more information on Tim Halperin, check out his official website.
I know sometimes when it comes to new artists people can be hesitant about buying an entire album before hearing it, myself included. However, when awesome artists, like Tim Halperin, stream their new album for all to listen to, I think it’s more than worth it to check it out!
Take a listen to Tim’s debut album, Rise and Fall, below!
Aaaand if you’re diggin’ what you hear on Rise and Fall, I encourage you to head over to iTunes and pick up a digital copy!
If you happen to want my two cents on Tim’s album, check out my review!
Singer-songwriter Tim Halperin appeared yesterday morning on Good Morning Texas, where he talked about life after American Idol and performed “American Fame,” from his brand new album, Rise and Fall.
Check out the interview and performance below!Vodpod videos no longer available.
For an updated list of where Tim will be performing, check out TimHalperin.com!
And of course, if you don’t have a copy of Rise and Fall, pick yourself up a digital copy at iTunes!
If you haven’t been keeping tabs on singer-songwriter Tim Halperin since he appeared on season 10 of American Idol this year, allow me bring you up to speed.
Halperin released his first single, “The Last Song,” in less than a week after not advancing to the Top 13 on Idol. He was recognized by a nationally syndicated radio host, “DJ Kidd Kraddick,” and took part in a Kidd Kraddick in the Morning segment called “Idol Got It Wrong,” where fans could vote on whether his version of an Idol performance was better than the contestant’s version each week. Add in raising $8,000 to make a video for “The Last Song,” a mini-tour and his ongoing work for Komen For the Cure, you could say that Halperin’s managed to keep himself pretty busy so far during his post-Idol career.
On September 26, Halperin spent the final 24 hours of his American Idol contract in “Idol jail” outside a shopping center in Texas, while entertaining 50,000 viewers on USTREAM with live performances of songs from his debut full-length album, Rise and Fall. On September 27, the day after his contract with Idol was up, Rise and Fall was digitally released to iTunes at midnight.
Later that week, Halperin graciously took the time to talk with me about where the idea to go to “Idol jail” came from, his fantastic new album, and what’s coming up next for him.
How was your caged existence on Monday?
[laughs] You know, I see why it’s not fun to be in jail. I did have some fun, though, because my jail wasn’t your typical jail. I had people bringing me Starbucks and coming and hanging out with me and dancing around. I had a piano in jail and for me, that’s not jail at all. It was good. It was long, though. It was very exhausting. I only slept probably 30 minutes during the 26 hours that I was in prison. I really enjoyed it, though.
I had tuned in for an hour or so during the afternoon, and then I tuned back in after your album was released, which was like 9:30-10:00 my time (PST), and you looked so tired by then.
Yeah, the interesting aspect of it is that it was live the whole time. And whenever I have people watching me, I love entertaining people and interacting with people. I felt like I had to entertain and interact with everyone the whole time. Because I’d look and there’d be like 276 people watching, 500 people watching, 400 people watching right now. I’m like, “Oh my gosh!” You know, I thought, This would be like a really good show, like a really good gig to have 500 people sitting there watching me. I can’t waste this time, I can’t waste this opportunity to share my music with people and hang out with people, and talk with people.
The day after his American Idol contract was up, season 10 alum Tim Halperin released his debut full-length album, Rise and Fall, on September 27.
Halperin began working on the album prior to his Idol journey in August of 2010. Working with producer, Jordan Critz, Halperin selected 13 tracks that he felt gave a well-rounded representation of himself.
“With this record, because it’s my first full-length album, I wanted to make sure that it was the most me. That it had songs on it that I felt like best represented who I am, not only as a songwriter, but as a person,” he explained to me during our interview earlier this week.
I think Halperin definitely accomplished that goal. Rise and Fall is comprised of songs about life, love, and heartbreak.
His first single, “The Last Song,” is currently in the top ten on the Singer/Songwriters Songs chart on iTunes. Halperin told me this past June that the tune was one of the first songs recorded for Rise and Fall about a year and a half ago.
“It just turned out really well, and I think that that song gives people a good picture of who I am, and also that my music is very honest and straightforward. I like to throw all my emotions on the table, because I think people can relate best to honest music,” he said.
To celebrate the release of his upcoming album, Rise & Fall, Tim Halperin is spending the last 24 hours of his American Idol contract in a jail cell in Texas! As well as celebrating the release of his album, Tim is collecting donations for Kidd Kraddick’s charity, Kidd’s Kids!
If you’re in the neighborhood, go say hi to Tim at Legacy Drive and Bishop Road ( 7201 Bishop Road, Plano, TX).
Check out live video of Tim in Idol jail after the cut!
Last Friday, singer-songwriter, Tim Halperin made an announcement via Tumblr that was very much relevant to my interests. He let everyone know that his debut full-length album entitled, Rise and Fall is set to be released on September 27! Holla!
Here’s the track listing:
1. All You’ve Got
2. Pretty Girls
3. The Last Song
4. She Sets Me Free
6. Crash Course to Hollywood
7. I Gotta Know
8. Where I’m Going
9. I Wanna Fall In Love
10. Memories On The Ground
11. New York
12. I Believe (iTunes Exclusive)
13. American Fame (iTunes Exclusive)
– The Last Song – Music Video (iTunes Exclusive)
He also made mention of a Fall tour, so I’m going to mention a couple cities he should stop in, like San Francisco and San Jose. :)