is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and actress who has enjoyed success in the pop and rock music genres. Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the highly-publicized first season of the television series American Idol in 2002. She was originally marketed as a pop musician with her debut album Thankful (2003). With the release of her multi-platinum sophomore album Breakaway (2004), Clarkson moved to a more rock-oriented style of music.
Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in the small town of Burleson, Texas. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Ann Rose, a first grade teacher who is of Greek and Irish descent, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer who is of Welsh extraction. Clarkson's siblings include her brother Jason, and her sister Alyssa. When Clarkson was six years old, her parents split up after seventeen years of marriage; her brother went to live with her father, her sister went to live with an aunt, and Clarkson remained with her mother. Clarkson frequently moved around Texas while her mother managed several professions in order to support the family. Clarkson has since stated that, being six years old at the time, she did not understand why her family had been constantly moving. Eventually, the family settled in Burleson, where Clarkson's mother married her second husband, Jimmy Taylor.
Clarkson attended Fulton Middle School and Burleson High School. She originally wanted to become a marine biologist, but in seventh grade, a teacher overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir. Clarkson told the teacher that she had never received professional vocal training before. In high school, Clarkson performed in musicals such as Brigadoon.
Upon graduation in 2000, Clarkson worked several occupations to finance her demo CD that she hoped to market toward record labels. She received few responses, and eventually decided to move to Hollywood to seek out other opportunities in music, one of which was a mentorship under songwriter Gerry Goffin. However, Goffin fell ill, and to make ends meet, Clarkson appeared as an extra on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and That '70s Show among others. She played a small role in the 2002 film Issues 101. Following four months in Hollywood, Clarkson was discouraged when her apartment burnt down and decided to return to Texas, where she worked at a cinema, and as a cocktail waitress, Six Flags performer, telemarketer, Kirby Vacuum salesperson, and a Red Bull promoter.
bio from Wikipedia's article on Kelly Clarkson
has been immersed in the music scene since he began taking piano lessons at age six. Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, he wrote and played music with several bands in high school, and all the while played piano and sang at church on the worship team. When Tim entered college at Texas Christian University, he found inspiration to write new songs and decided to stop playing with bands and enter the singer/songwriter scene. The authentic, emotion-packed music Tim wrote struck a chord with fellow students and the surrounding community of Fort Worth and Dallas. This support led Halperin to play more shows and record his debut CD.
In the past three years, Halperin has organically established himself as a singer/songwriter with a future that only continues to look brighter in the face of opportunity. Tim’s piano-based pop music has a hint of jazz and an aroma of his biggest influences such as Ben Folds and Elton John. Fans will tell you that Tim’s way with catchy melodies and his unmistakable rhythmic piano vibe are his most distinctive traits. With the debut release of Tim’s You Are the Moon EP in January of 2008, his fan base began to grow and demand more music. Shortly after this release, Tim’s music was featured on XM Radio in February of 2008. Tim also had the opportunity of making guest appearances on NBC’s Kansas City Live and on radio stations across Texas, Nebraska, and Illinois. One year after Halperin’s debut release, his music was named among the best in 2008 by The Fort Worth Star Telegram. In October of 2009, a new EP entitled "Make or Break" was released for free download at NoiseTrade.com. This EP was produced by Brian Kieta of Fort Worth, Texas. Kieta has produced for many artists including Green River Ordinance and April Geesbreght. Halperin has been handing this EP out as he travels to colleges and universities in the South and Midwest as a part of the Tim Halperin
Sorority Tour. In the first month of release, Make or Break was named a Critics Choice on OurStage.com and was featured on AOL Music.
With confidence and determination, Tim continues to play shows in the South and Midwest, and will continue to travel further in the coming months. Tim has played with artists such as Jon McLaughlin, Matt Wertz, Andy Davis, the Ying Yang Twins, and Green River Ordinance. With his overwhelming success, Tim has plans of bringing his music to people on a broader scale. With solid roots, a genuine love for music, and proven ability, Halperin will continue to make his mark on the music industry.