Tim Hockenberry- Modern Day Crooner

"Imagine" with Dave Eggar/cello on America's Got Talent

"Imagine" with Dave Eggar/cello on America's Got Talent

Tim Hockenberry is a talented and versatile multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter whose voice is reminiscent of Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, and Tom Waits. He is releasing Tim Hockenberry, his self-titled debut album of all original music, worldwide on March 4th, 2016.  

He is also a gifted interpreter of well-known cover songs, and you only need to hear a few bars of Hockenberry singing I Left My Heart In San Francisco to understand that this is an artist who has a refreshingly authentic approach to great songs. 

Tim gained international fame when he performed and made it to the semi-finals (last singer standing) on America’s Got Talent in 2012, where he was a favorite of judge Howard Stern. Stern declared Tim’s semi-final performance of John Lennon’s Imagine, with Tim on the piano accompanied by a cellist, “the most moving we’ve had from a singer in a long time.”  The sparse arrangement won Stern over, who gave him a standing ovation and said the singer deserves “a place in the finals.” Sharon Osbourne described his performance as “very true” and “refreshing,” adding, “I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Howie Mandel said he could listen to Tim Hockenberry sing “all night long.” 

Born on June 13, 1962 in upstate New York, Tim's family moved a few times during his childhood. He graduated in 1980 from Owatonna High School in rural Minnesota in a small town south of Minneapolis. Tim's musical odyssey began when he sang in the choir, and then taught himself to play the piano while fervently playing the trombone as well. He eventually moved to Northern California, and he has been a mainstay in the entertainment industry ever since. Tim has become known for his covers of Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay and Christmas by the Bay, and he has become a beloved part of San Francisco’s rich arts culture. 

Over the past few years Tim Hockenberry has shared the stage with many legendary performers including Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, and Robert Cray, to name a few. Tim has established himself as a very compelling and important artist in the Bay Area music scene.  In addition to touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Tim has performed at high-profile venues all over northern California, including The Fillmore, the Great American Music Hall, Bimbo's 365 Club, The Napa Valley Opera House, Feinstein's at the Hotel Nikko, the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts, and the 142 Throckmorton Theater. He 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.

What a breath of fresh air you are. It was moving, and you’re different, and I love you!”

“This was the most moving performance we’ve had from a singer in a long time. No props, no effects…
— -Howard Stern