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Tim Halperin to open for Kelly Clarkson

Posted 4:22pm on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Big news this afternoon, for TCU grad and tireless singer-songwriter Tim Halperin: he's been tapped to open for Kelly Clarkson during her March 1 charity gig at Verizon Theatre.

As Halperin himself put it, when reached by phone this afternoon: "I'm on cloud nine; I'm pretty freaking stoked."

His name was suggested as an opening act by Dallas-based DJ Kidd Kraddick, who has been a long-time supporter of Halperin's ("He's been a huge advocate for me; I owe a lot of this to him," Halperin says). But as Omaha native Halperin explained, there were other connections, apart from the obvious ties to American Idol.

"The foundation Kelly's promoting [the Opportunity Education Foundation] was started by the Ricketts family, which has a lot of Omaha ties," Halperin says. "They know who I am through American Idol and all that stuff, and I'd like to think my music and resume was part of it too."

Halperin will perform with a full band (guitar, bass, drums, piano and cello) at the Verizon Theatre, pulling from his 2011 debut Rise and Fall, and possibly unveiling some new material.

"It's a nice platform to debut a couple new songs we've been working on," Halperin says. "We've been writing a lot."

He guesses his next album could be out by the fall -- "A couple songs are pretty close to being done, but I'm trying to decide do I want to do 10 tracks, or less than that" -- and in the meantime, he'll perform a handful of one-off shows, like the Clarkson concert, and also showcase his tunes during South by Southwest in Austin next month.

"This whole roller-coaster has major ups and major downs," Halperin says, "but it's continued to grow slowly but surely."

Halperin put together a goofy promo announcing his good news. Please to enjoy.

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