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Exclusive: Tim Hockenberry Before ‘AGT’


Tim Hockenberry in 2008 and today (inset)

You didn’t really think San Francisco auditioner Tim Hockenberry fell off the turnip truck yesterday, did you?

Well guess what:  the Joe Cocker sound-alike — who blew the judges away with his unexpected voice and touching story of beating alcoholism — has already had a record deal, recorded 4 albums and performed at concerts in large arenas.

Gotta admit, we fell for Tim’s touching story of “wanting to do something before I turn 50.”  Well guess what, America — he already has.

Tim, isn’t some down on his luck dreamer trying to catch a big break.  He’s a season music industry pro who had worked with some of the biggest players in the business.

According to a biography on his official website:

Tim’s musical odyssey began in Michigan, where he sang in the choir, taught himself to play the piano and fervently played the trombone; and circuitously landed him in Northern California 17 years ago. Since arriving, he has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray and Steve Miller among others and has established himself as one of the most compelling and remarkable voices of the 21st century.

Tim has toured for 3 years with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and currently tours with the Mickey Hart Band. He has performed at varied San Francisco venues such as The Fillmore, the Great American Music Hall, Bimbo’s 365 Club, The Napa Valley Opera House, the Rrazz Room, the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts and the 142 Throckmorton Theater. Tim has also headlined at a multitude of festivals including the Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series, the Clearwater Jazz Festival and the Mill Valley Arts Festival.

Tim is in the process of recording his fourth CD. His discography includes Pennies From Heaven, Mostly Dylan, Back in Your Arms, and The List. Tim also has three new songs licensed to the soundtrack of the film Suing the Devil (2011) starring Malcolm McDowell.

We still think Tim is the act to beat in this competition (based on what we’ve seen so far).  But he’ll have to be a little more up front about who he is America is going to get behind and support him.

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