American Idol cast-off, and TCU graduate, Tim Halperin is burning up the charts with his new album. "Rise and Fall" came out last week, and it's getting attention across the nation.
Halperin says he looked at American Idol as an opportunity. He never expects fame handed to him.
"I would be lying if I didn't say it's great to have people go, 'Oh my gosh, you're Tim Halperin! Can I get your autograph? Can I get a picture with you?' But, for me, I want to make it a career and not just… 'Oh, you're the guy from American Idol, that's cool,'" said Halperin.
Even when he got on the show, he had an album in the works.
"I started working on the record over a year ago. I was forced to wait to release it, because of my American Idol contract, but that gave me time to refine the songs even further," said Halperin.
'Rise and Fall' is the story of Halperin's life for the past three years, as he fights to make a name for himself. A name that is no longer associated with the Fox reality show.
"The biggest challenge to me is turning those reality TV fans into music fans," said Halperin.
He's already breaking through. The album spent four days at number one in iTunes' singer-songwriter category. So far, it's topped out at number 22 overall.
"To be number one for four days... Those four days, I was just soaking it up. I did a show during those four days. During the show I was like, 'Yeah, you can buy my record now. It's next to number one on the singer/songwriter charts,'" laughed Halperin.
He says his recent success is thanks to hard work and his fans in DFW.
"I love this area. I love the people here, and I have so much support. Really, I feel like this is home," said Halperin, a native of Omaha, Nebraska.
Because of that support, he has no plans to leave Fort Worth any time soon.
"A lot of people say to me, 'When are you gonna move out to L.A.? When are you gonna move out to New York? When are you gonna move to a major music business market?' And my response to that is, 'You don't need to,'" said Halperin.
So, what's next? Besides promoting the album, he'll keep writing songs, and working… persevering… and leading by example.
"It's all about working hard, whatever you do. It's all about hard work and perseverance. So, my goal is to make something happen every day," said Halperin.