Tim Hockenberry: A Talented Musician
Born in Binghamton, New York, 49-year-old Tim Hockenberry first auditioned for America’s Got Talent in May of 2012. Performing Joe Cocker’s hit ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ Hockenberry was an instant success.
Tim’s journey began in Michigan where he taught himself to play the piano and sang in a choir. He moved to Northern California 17 years ago and has since demonstrated that he is one of the most exceptional and captivating voices in modern times.
Tim has shared stages with Steve Miller and Bonnie Raitt. He toured for three years with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an American progressive metal band. He is currently touring with the Mickey Hart Band. He has performed at many San Francisco venues, including The Fillmore and the great American Music Hall.
His CD ‘Back in Your Arms,’ has a significant variety of music, from the slow ballads of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “Love Me Now,” to the upbeat tunes of “This Time By Me” and the title tune, “Back in Your Arms.”
Hockenberry’s raspy voice has been compared to Joe Cocker, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles. When first hearing Tim sing, “It’s a Wonderful World,” you may at first be reminded of Louis Armstrong, but in just a few minutes, you’ll realize he is just different enough to be unique in his own way.
In his younger days, he struggled with addiction and is now a recovering alcoholic. He has raised four children. In fact, he was encouraged to audition for AGT by his 9-year-old daughter, Lola.
He is now in the process of recording his fourth CD, which will include “Pennies From Heaven.” He also has three songs included in the soundtrack of the Malcolm McDowell movie, Suing The Devil.
Tim performs regularly at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, considered to be one of the area’s premier nightclubs.